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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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu

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Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.

– Rene Daumal

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How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

– Wayne Dyer

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He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

– Chinese proverb

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

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Well done is better than well said.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Exuberance is Beauty

– William Blake

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There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

A pep talk from Winnie the Pooh

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

– A.A. Milne

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

– Isaac Asimov

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

– Plutarch

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Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.

– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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The Buddha says that we are not punished for our anger, we are punished by our anger. In other words, anger is its own karma.

– Eknath Easwaran

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchill

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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

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Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

– Frank A. Clark

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