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.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

– Henry Miller

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

– Alice Walker

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

– Plutarch

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

– Anais Nin

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you are a hammer, everything is a nail.

– Abraham Maslow

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

– Alan Watts

If everything was perfect, it wouldn’t be.

– Yogi Berra

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.

– Robert A. Heinlein

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

– George Bernard Shaw

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Be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.

– Charles Dickens

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Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.

– Mike Ditka

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

– Rumi

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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.

– Samuel Butler

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Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.

– Allen Saunders

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

– Leo Tolstoy

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

– Jimmy Dean

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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

– Warren Buffett

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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