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.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

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 terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

– C.G. Jung

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Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

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To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.

– Confucius

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A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well.

– Unknown

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

– Lao Tzu

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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