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.

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

— Doe Zantamata

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

– Proverb

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

— Albert Einstein

Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.

— Marshall McLuhan

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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Do not speak unless you can improve on silence.

– Zen saying

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Émile Zola

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.

– C.G. Jung

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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

– Warren Buffett

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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