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

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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You travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The future ain’t what it used to be.

– Yogi Berra

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

– Peter Drucker

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In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

– Sheldon Kopp

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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

– Irish blessing

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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

– Heraclitus

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There are no uninteresting things; only uninterested people.

– G.K. Chesterton

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

– Aristotle

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