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.

Chodron_If we learn to open our hearts

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

– Pema Chödrön

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

– Rumi

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg.

– Samuel Butler

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life

Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

– Pablo Picasso

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.

– Byron Katie

That which does not kill us makes us stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The Buddha on Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single source and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared.

– The Buddha

Emerson_The-only-way-to-have-a-friend-is-to-be-one

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

– Proverb

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

– Dale Carnegie

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

– Pericles

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

– Émile Zola

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To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

– Arthur Ashe

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

– Albert Einstein

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The future ain’t what it used to be.

– Yogi Berra

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Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

– James Dean

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The bigger the front, the bigger the back.

– Zen saying

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