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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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

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

– Virginia Wolf

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Every wall is a door.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

– A.A. Milne

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Andre Gidé

The temple of love is not love itself. True love is the treasure, not the walls around it.

– Rumi

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

– The Buddha

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What you resist persists.

– C.G. Jung

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.

– Rumi

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

– Josh Billings

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What the mind dwells on, the mind becomes.

– Buddhist proverb

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

– Walt Disney

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