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.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

– Albert Einstein

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

– Joseph Campbell

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Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is is true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

– Rumi

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Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.

– Ovid

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.

– William James

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.

– Joseph Campbell

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow

It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

– Ancient proverb

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

– Lao Tzu

to understand nothing takes time

To understand nothing takes time.

– Zen proverb

It is through the happy sharing of your treasures that you show other people that they are treasured.

– Neale Donald Walsch

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

– Soren Kierkegaard

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When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

– African proverb

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

–  Thomas Carlyle

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

– Chinese proverb

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May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

– Irish blessing

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

– Marie Curie

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When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

– Mark Twain

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The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.

– Socrates

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 – Epictetus

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