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.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.

– Willa Cather

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Socrates_be as you wish to seem

Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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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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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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

— Doe Zantamata

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

– Ralph Marston

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A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Sensei Ogui

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will out burn the pain.

– Joseph Campbell

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Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.

– Eckhart Tolle

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