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.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

– Peter Drucker

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

– Anatole France

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

– Confucius

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

– Pablo Picasso

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

– Bertrand Russell

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

– William Shakespeare

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

– George Bernard Shaw

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Richard Branson

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

– Allen Saunders

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Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

– George Bernard Shaw

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

– Albert Szent Gyorgyi

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You must be the change you want to see in the world.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

– Paulo Coelho

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Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

– Thomas Edison

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

– Maya Angelou

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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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