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.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou

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Well done is better than well said.

– Benjamin Franklin

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Exuberance is Beauty

– William Blake

There are 2 ways of spreading light

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

A pep talk from Winnie the Pooh

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

– A.A. Milne

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

– Will Durant (often attributed to Aristotle)

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Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

– George Bernard Shaw

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

– Miguel de Cervantes

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

– Lucille Ball

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

– Albert Einstein

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

– Francis Bacon

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Your best work is your expression of yourself. You may not be the greatest at it, but when you do it, you’re the only expert in it.

– Frank Gehry

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Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

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There’s no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. Be fully present in life.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

– African proverb

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