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.

Aristotle_We Are What We Repeatedly Do Excellence, Therefore Is Not An Act, But A Habit - Aristotle


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

“When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.”



When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

– Chinese Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

-Milton Berle

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

– Audrey Hepburn

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

– Mark Twain

The future ain’t what it used to be.

– Yogi Berra

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First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.

– Thomas à Kempis

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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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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

– The Buddha

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

– E.B. White

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In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

– Sheldon Kopp

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Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.

– Epictetus

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