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 most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

– Alice Walker

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Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

– Anna Lappe

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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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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

– Benjamin Franklin

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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

– Henry Miller

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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

– Warren Buffett

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The bigger the front, the bigger the back.

– Zen saying

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The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

– The Buddha

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A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

– John Lennon

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