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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There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Life isn’t about making your day, it’s about making someone else’s.

– Sarah Marshall

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Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.

– Japanese proverb

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Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

— Doe Zantamata

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Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

– Gilda Radner

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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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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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

– Henry Ford

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