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

– Jean-Luc Godard

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

– Lao Tzu

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

– Marcus Aurelius

Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.

– Brendan Francis

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

– Pablo Picasso

To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.

– Confucius

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

– Martin Heidegger

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

– Peter Drucker

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

– Voltaire

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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

– Navajo proverb

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To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

– William G.T. She’d

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

– Martin Heidegger

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Lena Horne

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

– Marcel Proust

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First hold peace within yourself, only then can you bring it to others.

– Thomas à Kempis

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