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.



Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

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Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

– Robert Brault

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

– Albert Einstein

Don-Miguel-Ruiz on love

Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.

– Don Miguel Ruiz


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

– Thomas Edison

Socrates on wonder and wisdom

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.


If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

-Morris West

Teilhard de Chardin

We are not human beings on having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

– Thich Nhat Hanh


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

– Anatole France

Be water, my friend.

– Bruce Lee

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

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel.

– I Federman

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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

– Lyndon B. Johnson

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

– Henry David Thoreau

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

– Francis Bacon

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

– The Dalai Lama

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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Life is the sum of all your choices.

– Albert Camus

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To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

– Elbert Hubbard

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