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.

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

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

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

– Diogenes

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

– Socrates

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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It is through the happy sharing of your treasures that you show other people that they are treasured.

– Neale Donald Walsch

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.

– Edgar Watson Howe

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

– Ralph Marston

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