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

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

– Josh Billings

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The sharpness of the sword is not in the edge of the blade, but in the hand of the warrior.

– Martin Aquino

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Shut your eyes and see.

– James Joyce

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A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.

– Mark Twain

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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

– Meister Eckhart

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As long as you make an identity for yourself out of pain, you cannot be free of it.

– Eckhart Tolle

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It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

– J.K. Rowling

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He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.

– Lao Tzu

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Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

– Eckhart Tolle

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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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