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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Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is is true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

– Rumi

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Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

– William James

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

– Joseph Campbell

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

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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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Life is a cycle, always in motion, if good times have moved on so will times of trouble.

– Indian proverb

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

– Proverb

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

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In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field, let us not plant any seeds other than seeds of love and compassion.

– Rumi

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