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.


Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

– Rumi


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

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

– Robert Frost

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Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

– Arnold H. Glasow

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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

– Albert Einstein

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. 

– Muhammad Ali

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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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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