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

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.

– Albert Einstein

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For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

– H.L. Mencken

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

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Change alone is unchanging.

– Heraclitus

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.

– Mike Ditka

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

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Live simply so that others may simply live.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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