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.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

– The Buddha

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

– Lin Yutang

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Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

– Eckhart Tolle

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

– The Buddha

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A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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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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A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

– Albert Einstein

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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