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

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

– Confucius

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Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

– Charles Swindoll

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It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

– William Shakespeare

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

– Peter Drucker

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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If you seek to be understood by others, first seek to understand them.

– Stephen J. Covey

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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