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

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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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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We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

– Walt Disney

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You travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Live simply so that others may simply live.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

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Strength shows, not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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