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.

"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi

What you seek is seeking you.

-Rumi

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

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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

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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

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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

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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Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.

– Rumi

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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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Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

– The Dalai Lama

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

– The Buddha

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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