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

People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel.

– I Federman

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

– Kahlil Gibran

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Man does not simply exist but decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

– Viktor Frankl

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The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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Life is a cycle, always in motion, if good times have moved on so will times of trouble.

– Indian proverb

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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The temple of love is not love itself. True love is the treasure, not the walls around it.

– Rumi

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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