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

Live simply so that others may simply live.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

– Yogi Berra

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Ability is of little account without opportunity.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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In this earth, in this soil, in this pure field, let us not plant any seeds other than seeds of love and compassion.

– Rumi

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It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

– Jean-Luc Godard

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Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Sensei Ogui

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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