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 takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– e.e. cummings

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Do or do not. There is no try.

– Yoda

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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

– Heraclitus

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To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

– Arthur Ashe

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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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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In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

– Sun Tzu

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

– Edmund Burke

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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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Be water, my friend.

– Bruce Lee

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