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

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.

– Gilda Radner

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Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.

– Publilius Syrus

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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

– Aristotle

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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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We know what we are, but not what we may be.

– William Shakespeare

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

– H.L. Mencken

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If you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

– Voltaire

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Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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