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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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

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

There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

– Annie Lamott

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The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

– Lin Yutang

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

– Arnold H. Glasow

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The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

– C.G. Jung

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

– Walt Disney

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