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.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

– Henry David Thoreau

When you arise in the morning

When you arise in the morning, think about what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

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

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

frog-in-pond

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

– Native American saying

lao tzu_the journey begins

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

People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel.

– I Federman

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

– Chinese proverb

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

– Winston Churchill

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

– Pablo Picasso

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In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

– Bertrand Russell

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It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

– William Shakespeare

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What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

– Ralph Marston

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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

– Roger A. Caras

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