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

Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones.

– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

– Jack London

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As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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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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One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

– Paulo Coelho

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