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

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing. 

– Socrates

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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A leader is a dealer in hope.

– Napoleon Bonaparte

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There are no facts, only interpretations.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

– Marie Curie

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

– Zen proverb

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Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

– Lin Yutang

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