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.

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

– Herodotus

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

– C.G. Jung

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchill

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

– Albert Einstein

It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

– J.K. Rowling

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

-The Buddha

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Émile Zola

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

– Neale Donald Walsch

Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Sensei Ogui

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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– The Buddha

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

– Will Rogers

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