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

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

– Rumi

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

– Mark Twain

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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All is flux, nothing stays still.

– Heraclitus

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

– Lao Tzu

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.

– Peter Drucker

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

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