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

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

– William Shakespeare

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

– Aristotle

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.

– Stephen J. Covey

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I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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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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