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 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

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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.

– Rumi

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

– Carlos Castaneda

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

– The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Joseph Campbell

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

– Benjamin Franklin

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He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.

– Chinese proverb

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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

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It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

– E.B. White

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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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Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.

– Rumi

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In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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