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

Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

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If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.

– Katherine Hepburn

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It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

– Roger Ward Babson

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Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

– Warren Buffett

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.

– Rumi

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Decisions are made by those who show up.

— Aaron Sorkin

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Begin at once to live and count each separate day as a separate life.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.

– Marcus Aurelius

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