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

You travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

– George Santayana

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When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

– Mark Twain

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

– Confucius

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Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.

– John N. Mitchell

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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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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If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

– Will Rogers

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Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

– Aristotle

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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