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.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after.

– Henry David Thoreau

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

– Aristotle

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We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

-Confucius

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin

 

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.

– Winston Churchill

The more I learn about people the more I like my dog

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

– Mark Twain

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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

– Shunryu Suzuki

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

– C.G. Jung

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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

– Chinese proverb

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Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.

– Wayne Dyer

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Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

– Gilda Radner

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The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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