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 greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

– Michelangelo

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

– Bruce Lee

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

– Thomas Edison

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

– William Butler Yeats

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Ability is of little account without opportunity.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.

— Marshall McLuhan

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The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.

– Emily Dickinson

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

– T.S. Eliot

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Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

– Thomas Jefferson

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