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.

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

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Where life plants you, bloom with grace.

– French proverb

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

– Dr. Seuss

Time is a created thing

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’

– Lao Tzu

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

– Thomas Edison

The hawk with talons hides his talent

The hawk with talent hides his talons.

– Japanese proverb

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

– William Penn

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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

– Mark Twain

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.

– Harry S. Truman

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If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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If you seek to be understood by others, first seek to understand them.

– Stephen J. Covey

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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If you are a hammer, everything is a nail.

– Abraham Maslow

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Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

– Herodotus

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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

– Irish blessing

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