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

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

– Neale Donald Walsch

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

– Peter Drucker

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.

– Oscar Wilde

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Silence isn’t absence. It is complete presence.

– Karen Maezen Miller

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

– Stephen J. Covey

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A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.

– Mae Jemison

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