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.

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

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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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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It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

– J.K. Rowling

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Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.

– Eckhart Tolle

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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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You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Richard Branson

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The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

– C.G. Jung

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

– Greek proverb

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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