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 is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chodron

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Chödron

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

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

Wherever you are, be there. If you can be fully present now, you’ll know what it means to live.

– Steve Goodier

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

– Francis Bacon

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Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Mike Ditka

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.

– Lao tzu

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Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

– Aristotle

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

– Edmund Burke

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In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field, let us not plant any seeds other than seeds of love and compassion.

– Rumi

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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