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

Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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

– C.G. Jung

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You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Richard Branson

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.

– Vince Lombardi

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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

– C.G. Jung

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