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

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

– Dale Carnegie

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I’ve always been very careful never to predict anything that has not already happened.

— Marshall McLuhan

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

– Bertrand Russell

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Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who found it.

– Andre Gide

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The heart has it’s reasons of which reason knows nothing.

– Blaise Pascal

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Some of us think that holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

– Hermann Hesse

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Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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

– Charles Schulz

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If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

– Jack Dixon

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He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.

– Lao Tzu

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