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.

What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do makes a difference

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

– Jane Goodall

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“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

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The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Making the simple complicated

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

– Charlie Mingus

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You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha

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The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

– Tony Robbins

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

– Aldous Huxley

Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who found it.

– Andre Gide

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What you resist persists.

– C.G. Jung

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

– John Wooden

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

– John Lennon

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We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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