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.


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

– Lao Tzu


Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.

– Rene Daumal


How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

– Wayne Dyer


He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.

– Chinese proverb

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.

– Bruce Lee


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

– Maya Angelou


Well done is better than well said.

– Benjamin Franklin


Exuberance is Beauty

– William Blake

There are 2 ways of spreading light

There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

– Edith Wharton

A pep talk from Winnie the Pooh

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

– A.A. Milne

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

– Leo Tolstoy

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

– Thomas Edison

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.

– Mae Jemison

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

– Walt Disney

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Nothing endures but change.

– 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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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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