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.

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

– Thomas Edison

The hawk with talons hides his talent

The hawk with talent hides his talons.

– Japanese proverb

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

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It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.

– Henry James

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Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom 

– Zen Proverb

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Talk doesn’t cook rice

– Chinese proverb

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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

– Socrates

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

– C.G. Jung

Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure..

The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.

– Baruch Spinoza

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

– Mahatma Gandhi

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.

– Oscar Wilde

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Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

– Anna Lappe

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There’s no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. Be fully present in life.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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