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

Philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; what matters is to change it.

– Martin Heidegger

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Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

– Anna Lappe

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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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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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Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

– Robert Frost

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I don’t put off to tomorrow doing what I must do, right now, to find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.

– Ray Bradbury

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In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field, let us not plant any seeds other than seeds of love and compassion.

– Rumi

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