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 most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

– Alice Walker

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As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

– Aristotle

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

– African proverb

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With our thoughts, we make the world.

– The Buddha

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Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

– Thomas Edison

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Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

– Albert Einstein

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