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

An artist’s concern is to capture beauty wherever he finds it.

– Kazuo Ishiguro

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The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.

– Søren Kierkegaard

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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

– Kahlil Gibran

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When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

– Mark Twain

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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

– Albert Einstein

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

– Matsuo Bashō

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

– William G.T. She’d

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