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.

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

– Aristotle

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Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

– George Bernard Shaw

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

– Miguel de Cervantes

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

– Albert Einstein

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

– Pema Chodron

“When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.”



When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

– Chinese Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

-Milton Berle

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

– Audrey Hepburn

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

– Mark Twain

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

– Jules Verne

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I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.

– Annie Lamott

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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

– John N. Mitchell

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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– Marcus Aurelius

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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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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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

– Henry Miller

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