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

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

– Dale Carnegie

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You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.

– Albert Einstein

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We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.

– C.G. Jung

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He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

– Lao Tzu

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Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leonardo da Vinci

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

– Émile Zola

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He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

–  Thomas Carlyle

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We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.

– Robert Brault

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

 – Cesare Pavese

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