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.

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

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Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

– Rumi

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Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

– Plato

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You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.

– Dita Van Teese

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Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

– Chinese proverb

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

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

– Robert Frost

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao Tzu

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Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

– Albert Einstein

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Be water, my friend.

– Bruce Lee

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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.

– Samuel Butler

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

– Marie Curie

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Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning.

– Buddhist proverb

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