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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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

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

Henry-James_its-time-to-start-living

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

We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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

– Japanese proverb

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I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

– Lucille Ball

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Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

– Peter Drucker

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

– Chinese proverb

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