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

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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Live simply so that others may simply live.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

– Amy Tan

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

– Dan Millman

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There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Heraclitus

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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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The road to success is always under construction.

– Lily Tomlin

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