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Quotations about Teamwork



Once there was a grain of sand that wanted to become a beach, an example of where you can't always do it all by yourself. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


'Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'
~Robert Frost, "The Tuft of Flowers," 1915


Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. ~Author unknown


No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. ~Halford E. Luccock, 1950s


Times of stress and difficulty are not the times when men who are on the same side can afford to think overmuch about the extent of their differences. It is more profitable to think of points of agreement. ~John Henry Joshua Ellison (1855–1944), c.1907


Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry. ~Author unknown


Individual commitment to a group effort, gentlemen, that's what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~Vince Lombardi


If I can't make the Goal, I pick my Man
And pass the Ball to Someone Else who Can.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Sport," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


He may not score, and yet he helps to Win
Who makes the Hit that brings the Runner in.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Sport," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


Many hands make light work. ~English proverb


Cooperation is an intelligent functioning of the concept of laissez faire — a thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. And that "there" is nowhere but "here"… in the full, rich living of the present moment as an individual, as a couple, a family, a society, a world. Cooperation cannot be planned. It is the spontaneous result of each person's being true to the highest in himself. It is the efflux of selfless behavior. ~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition: A Psychology of Creativity and Humane, Democratic Living, 1957


Together — one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~Author unknown  [This was attributed to Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909) by H. M. Lord in 1927, and attributed to Henry Ford (1863–1947) beginning around the year of his death, and most famously by Forbes in 1953. I'm still researching this one. —tg]


None of us is as smart as all of us together. ~Business suggestion box saying, c.1950


A man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it. ~Father Strickland, 1863  [quoteinvestigator.com]


Remember, TEAM stands for Together Everyone Achieves More! ~Author unknown, c.1989


Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an "I" in "team." It is the same "I" that appears three times in "responsibility." ~Amber Harding, unverified


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead


A single leaf working alone provides no shade. ~Chuck Page


You can have the nine greatest individual ball players in the world, but if they don't play together the club won't be worth a dime. ~Babe Ruth


Teamwork is essential... it allows you to blame someone else. ~Pentacol (chemistry journal), 1970


The best solution seldom requires that someone be right and someone else be wrong. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his ax. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn't about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It's about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle, 1948, translated from French  [quoteinvestigator.com]


No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. ~Robert S. Lynd, "The Problem of Academic Conservatism"


A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~Author unknown, c.1980


Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan proverb


Once an old man, spoken of in one of Aesop's fables, believing himself at death's door, called his twelve sons to his bedside and gave to them a bundle of twelve stout sticks, which he asked them all in turn to break, which task they were unable to do. The father, separating the bundle, gave to each a stick which he readily broke. Now, the moral to be deducted from this fable is eminently applicable to us as an organization, and means that in union there is strength. ~R. McMillan, 1904


Sure, there's no "I" in "team" but there is a "ME"! ~Author unknown


Team Work Makes the Dream Work. ~Author unknown  [I'm still researching whether they were the originators, but this was a phrase used by the Ohio Educational Library Media Association in 1993. —tg]





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