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

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

– Charles Schulz

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He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.

– Chinese proverb

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.

– Buddhist proverb

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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 you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

– Bruce Lee

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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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Man does not simply exist but decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

– Viktor Frankl

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There’s no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. Be fully present in life.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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What you resist persists.

– C.G. Jung

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