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

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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You may delay, but time will not.

– Benjamin Franklin

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The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

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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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As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

– Oscar WIlde

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

– Mae Jemison

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Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

– Eckhart Tolle

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Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.

– Mike Ditka

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Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.

– Lao Tzu

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