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

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

– Dale Carnegie

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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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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There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life.

– Anais Nin

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To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.

– Confucius

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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