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 I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu

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Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.

– Rene Daumal

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How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

– Wayne Dyer

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He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

– Chinese proverb

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

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Well done is better than well said.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Exuberance is Beauty

– William Blake

There are 2 ways of spreading light

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

A pep talk from Winnie the Pooh

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

– A.A. Milne

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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If you are a hammer, everything is a nail.

– Abraham Maslow

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

– Thomas Edison

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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Philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; what matters is to change it.

– Martin Heidegger

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

– Kahlil Gibran

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