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.

Socrates_be as you wish to seem

Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

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 Chödrön

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

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

– George Bernard Shaw

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Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will out burn the pain.

– Joseph Campbell

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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

– Swedish proverb

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The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Winston Churchill

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One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

– Paulo Coelho

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

– Bruce Lee

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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

– Navajo proverb

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