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.

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

Socrates_be as you wish to seem

Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

– Sheldon Kopp

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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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What the mind dwells on, the mind becomes.

– Buddhist proverb

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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

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Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.

– Albert Einstein

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.

– Marcus Aurelius

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In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leonardo da Vinci

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