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

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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

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

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Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

– Robert Frost

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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

– Roger Ward Babson

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

–  Thomas Carlyle

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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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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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

– Oscar Wilde

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