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 do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

– Annie Lamott

If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 – Epictetus

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. 

– Muhammad Ali

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

– Maya Angelou

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

– Henry David Thoreau

As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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

– John N. Mitchell

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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

– Voltaire

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Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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With our thoughts, we make the world.

– The Buddha

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

– E.B. White

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

– Lao Tzu

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