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

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker

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With our thoughts, we make the world.

– The Buddha

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

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A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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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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I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

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The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

– Ashley Montagu

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