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100 Best Collaboration Quotes To Ignite The Team Spirit

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Great collaboration quotes from great leaders emphasize what we've always known. Teamwork makes the dream work.

We often underestimate the one thing responsible for keeping a business running day in and day out between projects, meetings, and challenges— the power of a good team.

A group of people, who can effectively collaborate together, will make remarkable changes through the exchange of ideas, cumulative effort, and team spirit.

However, team spirit is something that needs to be developed and inspired. It is unlikely that every team will have it, which becomes one of the primary causes of failure.

Say you are a leader who wants to inspire your team to work better together. In that case, this list of 100 collaboration quotes is a great place to start.

These quotations are from people who achieved greatness thanks to the cooperation of their respective teams. So, sit back and scroll through.

100 Team Collaboration Quotes For Inspiration


1. Knute Rockne

The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.

2. Reid Hoffman

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

3. Henry Ford

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

4. Isaac Newton

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

5. Helen Keller

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

6. Ryunosuke Satoro

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

7. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

8. Alain de Botton

I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.

9. Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

10. Charles Darwin

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

11. H.E. Luccock

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

12. Phil Jackson

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

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13. Simon Mainwaring

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

14. Patrick Lencioni

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

15. James Cash Penney

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

16. Amy Poehler

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

17. Russel Honore

When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.

18. Marissa Mayer

When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.

19. Vaclav Smil

Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.

20. Vince Lombardi

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

21. Kurt Koffka

The whole is other than the sum of the parts.

22. Napolean Hill

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

23. George Shinn

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

24. Lewis B. Ergen

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

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25. Norman Shidle

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

26. Booker T. Washington

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

27. Steve Jobs

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

28. Cameron Russell

Sometimes, great collaboration is hard to nurture online, so doing so offline is the way to go.

29. Mattie Stepanek

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

30. Mother Teresa

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.

31. Andrew Carnegie

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.

32. Edwin Land

Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

33. Jim Stovall

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.

34. Babe Ruth

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.

35. Jin Kwon

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.

36. Virginia Burden

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

37. Harry Truman

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

38. Louisa May Alcott

It takes two flints to make a fire.

39. Iyanla Vanzant

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

40. African Proverb

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

41. Howard Schultz

Success is best when it's shared.

42. Tim Notke

Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.

43. Ariana Huffington

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.

44. Dr. Dre

When the ideas are coming, I don't stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn't come along all the time.

45. Ginni Rometty

Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it's a really good thing to remember.

46. Helena Rubinstein

Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.

47. Ken Blanchard

None of us is as smart as all of us.

48. Margaret Mead

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

49. John Carmack

A strong team can take any crazy vision and turn it into reality.

50. Tony Dungy

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

51. Lee Iacocca

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

52. Joe Paterno

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

53. Casey Stengel

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.

54. Mia Hamm

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

55. Sandra Swinney

It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.

56. Rensis Likert

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.

57. Lewis B Ergen

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

58. Farshad Asl

People with different tribe, race, religion, and nationality can come together and accomplish something extraordinary. The key is the culture of unity and teamwork.

59. Ted Sundquist

Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success.

60. Robert Orben

If you can laugh together, you can work together.

61. Billy Martin

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.

62. Bang Gae

Teamwork makes the dream work.

63. Bill Bethel

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

64. Ifeanyi Onuoha

Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.

65. Napoleon Hill

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

66. Bud Wilkinson

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.

67. Dr. Allan Fromme

People achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.

68. Max McKeown

Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you’re the CEO.

69. Doug Smith

Teams share the burden and divide the grief.

70. Tom Wilson

Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.

71. Bill Bradley

We realized that no one of us could be as good as all of us playing unselfishly.

72. Pat Riley

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

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73. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

74. Victoria Osteen

We talk a lot about hope, helping, and teamwork. Our whole message is that we are more powerful together.

75. Alison Pincus

Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.

76. John Wooden

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

77. Frederik Nael

It takes both sides to build a bridge.

78. George Herman

The way a team plays as 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.

79. Christine Caine

To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority.

80. John Henry Joshua Ellison

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.

81. John Heywood

Many hands make light work.

82. Moira Alexander

When at a crossroad, a team can choose to either amplify their chances for success by traveling a path together or amplify their risk of failure by choosing to go it alone.

83. Jennifer Ritchie Payette

Collaboration is a business strategy that integrates innovative partners seeking blue oceans.

84. Astronaut Ron Garan

Collaboration begins with mutual understanding and respect.

85. Michael Bassey Johnson

Teamwork is not a game for the selfish. It is for those with the mindset that a win for one is a win for all.

86. John Alejandro King

The key to fostering effective workplace collaboration is to be aware of the whole person.

87. Amit Kalantri

An individual can make a change but a team can make a revolution.

88. Mo Mowlam

People working together can overcome many obstacles, often within themselves, and by doing so can make the world a better place.

89. Monique Beedles

Successful innovation requires commitment, consistency, and collaboration.

90. Kaori Miyazono

By exchanging notes, you get to know one another, to understand one another. As if your souls were connected and your hearts were overlapping. It’s a conversation through instruments. A miracle that creates harmony. In that moment, music transcends words.

91. Norman Shidler

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

92. Black Though

I’m down to work with anyone as long as it’s an organic collaboration.

93. Antony Starr

Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s only way to work, really.

94. Alicia Silverstone

Creative collaboration is awesome.

95. Mark Parker

One way a collaboration can go wrong is if your connection is inauthentic or overly prescriptive.

96. Lin-Manuel Miranda

The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that’s proven.

97. Neil Blumenthal

A good collaboration pushes the boundaries of both partners.

98. Kenneth H. Blanchard

A clear purpose will unite you as you move forward, values will guide your behavior, and goals will focus your energy.

99. Akiroq Brost

I believe, we can create a better world, a better tomorrow, if we work together. Don’t you?

100. Brian Tracy

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.


Do you realize that collaboration may make or break your company's success? The key to building a dream team that delivers great results is teamwork. Because the stronger the team's bond, the stronger the team.

Keeping this in mind, use these collaboration quotes to motivate your team to achieve every goal that they set their hearts into.

Bhaswati Roy

This article is written by Bhaswati Roy who is a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. In her spare time, she can be found reading crime thrillers or scrolling through food apps, unable to pick what to eat next. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.

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