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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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

– Lao Tzu

Making the simple complicated

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

– Charlie Mingus

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You only lose what you cling to

– The Buddha

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.

– Norman Vincent Peale

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The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

– Tony Robbins

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you.

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

– Aldous Huxley

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.

– Virginia Wolf

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Every wall is a door.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.

– A.A. Milne

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

– Andre Gidé

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

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We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

– Patti Smith

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All is flux, nothing stays still.

– Heraclitus

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There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life.

– Anais Nin

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We are the landscape of all we have seen.

– Isamu Noguchi

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If you are a hammer, everything is a nail.

– Abraham Maslow

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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

– Zen proverb

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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

– Marcus Aurelius

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