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.

Chodron_If we learn to open our hearts

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

– Pema Chödrön

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

Emerson_The-only-way-to-have-a-friend-is-to-be-one

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

– George Bernard Shaw

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I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.

— Marshall McLuhan

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchill

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

– Lao Tzu

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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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Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

– Mark Twain

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We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

– C.G. Jung

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