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

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.

– Confucius

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

– Buddhist proverb

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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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There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

– Will Rogers

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leonardo da Vinci

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Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

– Emily Dickinson

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

– Isaac Asimov

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Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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