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.

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.

– Willa Cather

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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

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

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

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I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.

– Lucille Ball

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Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

– Thomas Jefferson

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To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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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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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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