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

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.

– Wilt Chamberlain

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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

– Josh Billings

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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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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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