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.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

– Virginia Wolf

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Every wall is a door.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

– A.A. Milne

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Andre Gidé

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

– John Lennon

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Émile Zola

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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All is flux, nothing stays still.

– Heraclitus

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It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

– Jean-Luc Godard

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Ability is of little account without opportunity.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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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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