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

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

– The Buddha

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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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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Do not seek to change what has come before. Seek to create that which has not.

– David Airey

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

– Jim Rohn

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Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

– Charles Dickens

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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

– Oscar Wilde

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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