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.

You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’

– George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

– Albert Einstein

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If you can dream it, you can do it

-Walt Disney

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Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.

– Eckhart Tolle

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

– Robert F. Kennedy

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When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.

– Rumi

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

– Confucius

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

– Maya Angelou

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 Shine like the whole universe is yours.

– Rumi

If everything was perfect, it wouldn’t be.

– Yogi Berra

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If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

– Thomas Edison

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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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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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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

– J.K. Rowling

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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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The temple of love is not love itself. True love is the treasure, not the walls around it.

– Rumi

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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