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


The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

– Native American saying

lao tzu_the journey begins

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


You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha


Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale


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

If you seek to be understood by others, first seek to understand them.

– Stephen J. Covey

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Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

– James Dean

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Much learning does not teach understanding.

– Heraclitus

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leonardo da Vinci

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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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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We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

– Robert Brault

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Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

– Charles Dickens

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Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

– George Bernard Shaw

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