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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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

– Thomas Edison

The hawk with talons hides his talent

The hawk with talent hides his talons.

– Japanese proverb

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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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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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

– Gilda Radner

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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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Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.

– Eckhart Tolle

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If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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Man does not simply exist but decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

– Viktor Frankl

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

– Soren Kierkegaard

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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

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