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.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

– Rumi

I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way

I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.

– Carl Sandburg

I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.

I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.

– Albert Einstein

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

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

– The Buddha

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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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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

– John Quincy Adams

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To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.

– Ken S. Keyes, Jr.

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

– Alice Walker

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Philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; what matters is to change it.

– Martin Heidegger

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

– Matsuo Bashō

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

– George Santayana

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

– Heraclitus

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

– Oscar Wilde

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