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.

Robert-Frost_Life goes on

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

– Henry Ford

Gretsky_You-miss-the-shots-you-don't-take

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

– Wayne Gretzky

 

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

– Dr. Seuss

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

– Marcel Proust

Ram-Dass_the-quieter-you-become

The quieter you become the more you can hear.

– Ram Dass

Jung_your-vision-will-become-clear

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.

– C.G. Jung

Will-Rogers_even-if-you-are-on-the-right-track-you-will-get-run-over-if-you-just-sit-there

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

– Will Rogers

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

– Albert Camus

Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

– Annie Lamott

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?

– C.S. Lewis

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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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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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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What you resist persists.

– C.G. Jung

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Your best work is your expression of yourself. You may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert in it.

– Frank Gehry

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

– Maya Angelou

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