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

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

– Warren Buffett

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Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

– Josh Billings

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.

– Marcus Aurelius

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will out burn the pain.

– Joseph Campbell

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The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

– Ashley Montagu

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

– Thomas Edison

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.

– Epictetus

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