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 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

Pema-Chodron_The Future is completely open

“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

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

– Virginia Wolf

In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.

– Marcus Aurelius

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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

– Aristotle

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

– Albert Einstein

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The future ain’t what it used to be.

– Yogi Berra

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Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.

– Oscar Wilde

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