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

Peale_Change-your-thoughts-change-your-world

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale

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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

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.

– Sensei Ogui

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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

– Roger A. Caras

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

– Lao Tzu

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Welcome to the present moment. Here. Now. The only moment there ever is.

– Eckhart Tolle

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The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

– Swedish proverb

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

– Confucius

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