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.

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

– George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

– Albert Einstein

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If you can dream it, you can do it

-Walt Disney

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Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.

– Eckhart Tolle

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

– Robert F. Kennedy

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

– Confucius

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

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 Shine like the whole universe is yours.

– Rumi

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The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

– Chinese proverb

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

– Albert Einstein

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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Nothing endures but change.

– Heraclitus

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The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.

– Marcus Aurelius

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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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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

– Chinese proverb

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