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.


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

– The Dalai Lama



We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

– Albert Einstein


Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.

– Ashleigh Brilliant


If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.

– Roald Dahl


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

– Samuel Beckett

Change your thoughts and you change your world

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

– Helen Keller

Some see a weed

Some see a weed, some see a wish.

– Proverb


Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

– A.A. Milne


The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

– Amelia Earhart

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

– Lao Tzu

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

– Chinese proverb

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

– George Bernard Shaw

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The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.

– Edgar Watson Howe

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

– E.B. White

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The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

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Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao Tzu

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Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

– Aristotle

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