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.

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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

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

– Thomas Edison

The hawk with talons hides his talent

The hawk with talent hides his talons.

– Japanese proverb

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

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It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.

– Henry James

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Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom 

– Zen Proverb

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Sensei Ogui

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It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.

– Lena Horne

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The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

– Ralph Marston

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Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

– C.G. Jung

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Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.

– Proverb

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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