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

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

– Peter Drucker

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In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

– Sheldon Kopp

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Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will out burn the pain.

– Joseph Campbell

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If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.

— Albert Einstein

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Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning.

– Buddhist proverb

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I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

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If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

– Will Rogers

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