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

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

– Francis Bacon

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He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.

– Lao Tzu

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

– Marcus Aurelius

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Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?

– C.S. Lewis

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

– Émile Zola

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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

– Henry Ford

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Do not seek to change what has come before. Seek to create that which has not.

– David Airey

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It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

– Jean-Luc Godard

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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