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.

Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.

– Annie Lamott

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. - Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

– Dwight Eisenhower

"Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day." - Zen Proverb

Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

– Zen Proverb

Believe that life is worth living

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

– William James

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Pablo Picasso

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Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.

– Wilt Chamberlain

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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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A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well.

– Unknown

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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

– Swedish proverb

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If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

– Amy Tan

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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

– Oscar WIlde

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There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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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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