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.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after

Some men fish all their lives without knowing it is not really the fish they are after.

– Henry David Thoreau

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom

– Aristotle

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We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

-Confucius

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin

 

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.

– Winston Churchill

The more I learn about people the more I like my dog

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

– Mark Twain

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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

– Shunryu Suzuki

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

– John Wooden

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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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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– John N. Mitchell

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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

– Alice Walker

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

– Matsuo Bashō

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

– Albert Einstein

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Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

– Arnold H. Glasow

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

– Aristotle

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