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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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

– Albert Einstein

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

– Pema Chödrön

“When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.”



When a finger points to the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

– Chinese Proverb

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

-Milton Berle

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

– Audrey Hepburn

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

– Mark Twain

"What you seek is seeking you." - Rumi

What you seek is seeking you.

-Rumi

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life – it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

– Henry Ford

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You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

– Wayne Gretzky

 

Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.

– Charles Schulz

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

– Zen proverb

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the actions.

– Confucius

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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

– Lao Tzu

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The Buddha says that we are not punished for our anger, we are punished by our anger. In other words, anger is its own karma.

– Eknath Easwaran

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If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

– Rabbi Hillel

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

– William Butler Yeats

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A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

– William G.T. She’d

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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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