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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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

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

– Will Durant (often attributed to Aristotle)

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Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

– George Bernard Shaw

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

– Miguel de Cervantes

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

– Albert Einstein

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

– Pema Chödrön

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.

– Lao tzu

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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

– Henry Miller

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field, let us not plant any seeds other than seeds of love and compassion.

– Rumi

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