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

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

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The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

– Ashley Montagu

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It is through the happy sharing of your treasures that you show other people that they are treasured.

– Neale Donald Walsch

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A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

– Chinese proverb

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Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

– Jim Henson

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

– Isaac Asimov

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will out burn the pain.

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Confucius

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

– The Dalai Lama

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