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.

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

– Eckhart Tolle

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.

– Samuel Butler

Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

– Oscar Wilde

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

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.

– Mike Ditka

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

– Maya Angelou

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

– George Santayana

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

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The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

– C.G. Jung

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

– Socrates

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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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