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.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one’s own.

– Willa Cather

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Socrates_be as you wish to seem

Be as you wish to seem.

– Socrates

Yeats_do not wait to strike

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment

Whatever is happening, is the path to enlightenment.

– Pema Chödrön

What if today we were just grateful for everything

What if today we were just grateful for everything.

– Charles Schultz

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.

– Allen Saunders

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

– Pablo Picasso

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

– Martin Heidegger

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

– John Lennon

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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

– Oscar WIlde

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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

– Peter Drucker

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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

– Socrates

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