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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It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.

– Henry James

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Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom 

– Zen Proverb

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Talk doesn’t cook rice

– Chinese proverb

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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

– Socrates

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.

– C.G. Jung

Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure..

The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.

– Baruch Spinoza

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after.

– Henry David Thoreau

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

– Aristotle

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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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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Ability is of little account without opportunity.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Émile Zola

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