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.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

– William James

Irish proverb_everyone_is_wise

Everyone is wise until he speaks.

– Irish proverb



It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

– Vince Lombardi


Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

– Vincent Van Gogh

Peanuts friendship

In life it’s not where you go – it’s who you travel with.

– Charles Schultz

It's hard to fly when something is weighing you down

It is hard to fly when something is weighing you down.

dog love

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

– Josh Billings


Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

– Groucho Marx

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s learning to dance in the rain.

– Vivian Greene

CS-Lewis_you are never too old

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

– C.S. Lewis

The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.

– Samuel Butler

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If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

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For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

– H.L. Mencken

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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