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

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen J. Covey

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Wayne Dyer

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

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What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

– Pericles

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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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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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