55+ Teamwork Quotes That Celebrate & Inspire Collaboration

If you're looking for great teamwork quotes to share with others or just need a bit of motivation to join the group yourself, this article is for you! Read on below for our list of the best quotes on collaboration and teamwork.

As humans, we have an innate tendency toward socialization, collaboration, and, of course, teamwork.

When done right, teamwork doesn’t just multiply time savings and output by the number of people involved. Rather, it increases these things exponentially.

On top of that, there are the other benefits, such as building trust, achieving more accurate results, combining strengths and weaknesses, and more.

Oh, and it can just make difficult tasks way more fun!

Teamwork and functional collaboration is crucial in most areas in life, from studying for exams in high school to taking on professional projects to simply giving your personal relationships the chance they need to succeed.

So, whether you need a bit of inspiration to get your team onboard or just some motivation for yourself, we’ve gathered all the best quotes on teamwork here for you in one post.


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Here’s our roundup of the best teamwork quotes to know:

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton

The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.

Rensis Likert

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

George Shinn

There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.

Idowu Koyenikan

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The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication.

Malcolm Gladwell

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Henry Ford

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.

Simon Mainwaring

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.

Sheryl Sandberg

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The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.

Lewis B. Ergen

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.

Henry Ford

Bad attitudes will ruin your team.

Terry Bradshaw

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.

Norman Shidle

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry Truman

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

Amy Poehler

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It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.

Charles Darwin

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.

Vesta M. Kelly

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.

John Maxwell

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.

Virginia Burden

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.

Phil Jackson

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Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.

Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

Mother Teresa

Without trust, we don’t truly collaborate; we merely coordinate or, at best, cooperate. It is trust that transforms a group of people into a team.

Stephen Covey

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Ryunosuke Satoro

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No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.

H.E. Luccock

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan

Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.

Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself.

Stephen Hawking

If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that?

Matthew Woodring Stover

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If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Booker T. Washington

The whole is other than the sum of the parts.

Kurt Koffka

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.

Babe Ruth

He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.

Idowu Koyenikan

It takes two flints to make a fire.

Louisa May Alcott

The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.

Iyanla Vanzant

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Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.

Chris Bradford, The Way of the Dragon

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Andrew Carnegie

In union there is strength.

Aesop, “The Bundle of Sticks,” Aesop’s Fables

One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but teamwork dynamites.

Jin Kwon

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Ken Blanchard

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Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

Edwin Land

A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.

Bill Bethel

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Napolean Hill

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.

Jim Stovall

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I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.

Jean-Francois Cope

A team is not a group of people who work together. It is a group of people who trust each other.

Simon Sinek

Together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results.

Becka Schoettle

Success is best when it’s shared.

Howard Schultz

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.

James Cash Penney

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.

Steve Jobs

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There’s nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good, and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.

Billy Martin

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek

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

Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken.

Aesop, “The Bundle of Sticks,” Aesop’s Fables

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Well, that’s it for our roundup of the best teamwork quotes to know, and we hope they give you the collaboration motivation you were looking for! Got any questions, feedback, or other great quotes about teamwork we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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Christian Eilers
Written By Christian Eilers
is a writer and expert on the topics of education, entrepreneurship, career advice, travel, and culture. On the Goodwall Blog, he covers topics including self-improvement, social impact, college preparation, career development, climate action, and more. Christian is originally from New York City and now resides in Warsaw, Poland. At his desk, you're sure to find Pickwick, his Devon Rex cat, either attacking his fingers as he types or the monitor as the mouse pointer moves around.

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