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50 Collaboration Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork

Leo Kangin
Leo Kangin  |  November 26, 2019

Collaboration and teamwork go hand-in-hand.

The first is how you communicate, and the second is what you do with that communication. It can be challenging to overcome our own egos at times, and sometimes we feel like it’s better to go it alone. These quotes show why collaboration is important to achieving great things. 

Collaboration quotes for teamwork 

Collaboration means working together, not working alone. How can you become a more collaborative team member? If you and your team need some motivation, taking from these inspirational quotes should do the trick! 

1. “Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.” – Amit Ray 

2. “When ‘I’ is replaced by “we” even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.” – Scharf 

3. "Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.” – James McAvoy

4. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” – James Cash Penney

5. “Teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.” - Russel Honore

6. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” - Mark Sanborn 

7. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

8. “A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.” – Bill Bethel

9. “Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.” - Mike Schmoker

10. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” – John Wooden

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11. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock 

12. “TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.” – Author Unknown

13. “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

14. “It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott

15. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

16. “Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” – Mark Twain

17. “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” - Vince Lombardi

18. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman

19. “If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.” – Bud Wilkinson

20. “The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom—a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God.” - Brett Harris

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21. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

22. “Collaboration is the essence of life. The wind, bees, and flowers work together to spread the pollen.” – Amit Ray

23. “Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission, and based on transparency and constant communication.” – Dinesh Paliwal

24. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” – Robert Orben 

25. “A strong team can take any crazy vision and turn it into reality.” – John Carmack

26. “Creating a better world required teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another.” – Simon Mainwaring

27. “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni

28. “The secret is to gang up on the problem rather than each other.” - Thomas Stallkamp

29. “Collaboration is an important part of the process, and ego is never a part of it.” – Mack Wilberg

30. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

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31. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

32. “Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.” - Simon Mainwaring

33. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

34. “Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” - Brian Tracy

35. “We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings.” – Dalai Lama

36. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” - George Shinn

37. “I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.” – Alain de Botton

38. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

39. “Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imagination shared creates collaboration, and collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.” – Terry Tempest Williams

40. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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41. “Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better.” – Fyrefly

42. “I believe, we can create a better world, a better tomorrow if we work together. Don’t you?” - Akiroq Brost

43. “Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

44. “It takes both sides to build a bridge.” – Fredrik Nael

45. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman

46. “Collaboration is much like a birth. The song that springs forth resembles each one of us to a degree, but it’s the kind of thing that would never be born from just one of us sitting down with a guitar.” – Grant-Lee Phillips

47. “Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow.” - David Hume

48. "Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.” – Paul Solarz

49. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington 

50. “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” - Mike Krzyzewski

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Inspired, together 

We find these quotes so inspiring and hope you do as well! Consider including one to discuss in your weekly meeting, posting them in prominent places around your workplace, or including one as your Slack status. 

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Leo Kangin
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Leo Kangin

Leo Kangin is a Productivity Trends specialist for Brief. He's also a regular contributor at DataBird Business Journal.