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.

Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who found it.

– Andre Gide

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

– Aristotle

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

– Charles Swindoll

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

– Thomas Edison

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

All is flux, nothing stays still.

– Heraclitus

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

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.

– Lao tzu

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Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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It is through the happy sharing of your treasures that you show other people that they are treasured.

– Neale Donald Walsch

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Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

– Rumi

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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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One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

– Paulo Coelho

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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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