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

If you hate your work, leave. If you hate your hate, leave that too.

– Buddhist proverb

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The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up.

– Mae Jemison

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

– Aristotle

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All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

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Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.

– Carl Sagan

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Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

– Mark Twain

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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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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

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Learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning.

– Buddhist proverb

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