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

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

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

– Marcus Aurelius

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I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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There are no uninteresting things; only uninterested people.

– G.K. Chesterton

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

– Alice Walker

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 – Epictetus

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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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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