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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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

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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Richard Branson

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If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

– Will Rogers

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All is flux, nothing stays still.

– Heraclitus

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

– Socrates

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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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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

– Arthur Ashe

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It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

– William Shakespeare

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen J. Covey

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