What inspires? What sparks creation?

There are as many answers to this as there are ideas. Leading clients through the ideation process is one of the several services we provide at Dawn. Often we use quotes to spark a discussion. We seek out quotes where the writer skillfully uses words to express and illuminate an idea in a powerful or provocative way. You’ll find some of our favorites here, including ones that have the power to alter a mindset. If you’re looking for a favorite author or a particular subject, use our search function to find these quotes from the illuminating nuggets we’ve collected.

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Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is is true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

– Rumi

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Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

– William James

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

– Joseph Campbell

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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The unfed mind devours itself.

– Gore Vidal

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

– Hermann Hesse

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Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

— Doe Zantamata

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The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

– George Bernard Shaw

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

– Kahlil Gibran

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

– Lao Tzu

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