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.

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

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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

Man does not simply exist but decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

– Viktor Frankl

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The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.

– Mae Jemison

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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

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The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

– Mark Twain

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

– George Santayana

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It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

– Swedish proverb

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If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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