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

Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.

– The Dalai Lama

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There’s no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. Be fully present in life.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

– Mark Twain

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.

– Albert Einstein

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Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

– Proverb

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.

– Brendan Francis

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