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

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

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

– Aesop

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When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly.

– O.R. Melling

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You travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

– Plutarch

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

– Albert Einstein

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

– Albert Schweitzer

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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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All we are given is possibilities – to make ourselves one thing or another.

– José Ortega y Gasset

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