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.

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.

– Thomas à Kempis

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

– Marie Curie

The Buddha says that we are not punished for our anger, we are punished by our anger. In other words, anger is its own karma.

– Eknath Easwaran

Be water, my friend.

– Bruce Lee

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

– George Bernard Shaw

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

– Patti Smith

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao Tzu

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.

– Rumi

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Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

– Dale Carnegie

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

– Edmund Burke

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A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

– Chinese proverb

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In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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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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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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