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.

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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

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

lao tzu_the journey begins

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

– Albert Einstein

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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

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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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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

– Paulo Coelho

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You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.

– Albert Einstein

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning.

– Buddhist proverb

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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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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

– Navajo proverb

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