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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You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha

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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

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

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

– Matsuo Bashō

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You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.

– Navajo proverb

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The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

– Peter Drucker

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

– George Bernard Shaw

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

– Arthur Conan Doyle

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I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

– Lao Tzu

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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