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

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

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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There’s no such thing as work-life balance. It’s all life. Be fully present in life.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

 – Epictetus

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

– Voltaire

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Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.

– Wayne Dyer

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

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.

– John N. Mitchell

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The temple of love is not love itself. True love is the treasure, not the walls around it.

– Rumi

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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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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