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

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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The heart has it’s reasons of which reason knows nothing.

– Blaise Pascal

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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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It is through the happy sharing of your treasures that you show other people that they are treasured.

– Neale Donald Walsch

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Mighty rivers can easily be leaped at their source.

– Publilius Syrus

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

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