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.

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

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Talk doesn’t cook rice

– Chinese proverb

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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

– Socrates

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

– C.G. Jung

Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure..

The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.

– Baruch Spinoza

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

– Confucius

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I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

– Socrates

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

– Walt Disney

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Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who found it.

– Andre Gide

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

– Lao Tzu

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Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao Tzu

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