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

The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

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We know what we are, but not what we may be.

– William Shakespeare

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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