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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We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

-Confucius

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

– Benjamin Franklin

 

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.

– Winston Churchill

The more I learn about people the more I like my dog

The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

– Mark Twain

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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

– Shunryu Suzuki

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Appear as you are. Be as you appear.

– Rumi

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Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

– Plato

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You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.

– Dita Van Teese

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Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.

– Chinese proverb

The Buddha says that we are not punished for our anger, we are punished by our anger. In other words, anger is its own karma.

– Eknath Easwaran

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There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

– Lin Yutang

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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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Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

– William Butler Yeats

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We know what we are, but not what we may be.

– William Shakespeare

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A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress extremely well.

– Unknown

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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There are no uninteresting things; only uninterested people.

– G.K. Chesterton

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