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.

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

– Winston Churchill

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.

– Matsuo Basho

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

– Elbert Hubbard

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He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.

– Lao tzu

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

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– The Buddha

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

– Jim Henson

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.

– Marcus Aurelius

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You travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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