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.

I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.

– Dan Millman

Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

— Doe Zantamata

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday

– Proverb

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

— Albert Einstein

Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.

— Marshall McLuhan

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

– Søren Kierkegaard

There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.

– Lena Horne

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Philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; what matters is to change it.

– Martin Heidegger

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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.

– Greek proverb

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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.

– Lao Tzu

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Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

– Aristotle

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The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

– Josh Billings

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Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.

– John N. Mitchell

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The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

– Ashley Montagu

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

– Bruce Lee

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