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.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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

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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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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Do not seek to change what has come before. Seek to create that which has not.

– David Airey

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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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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Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

– Pema Chodron

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We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.

– Diogenes

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It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

– Carl Sagan

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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