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

A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimension.

– Albert Einstein

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The heart has it’s reasons of which reason knows nothing.

– Blaise Pascal

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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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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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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.

– Samuel Butler

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In every crisis lies the seed of opportunity.

– Chinese proverb

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

– Oprah Winfrey

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One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

– Henry Miller

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If everything was perfect, it wouldn’t be.

– Yogi Berra

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

– Elbert Hubbard

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