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.


Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

– Plato


You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.

– Dita Van Teese


Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

– Chinese proverb

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

– George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

– Albert Einstein


If you can dream it, you can do it

-Walt Disney

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Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.

– Eckhart Tolle

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

– Robert F. Kennedy

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

– Confucius

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

– Marcus Aurelius

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The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

– C.G. Jung

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Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

– Robert Frost

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

– Greek proverb

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I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

– Carl Sagan

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

– Charles Schulz

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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