Teamwork Quotes to Build Collaboration

Teamwork Quotes

We’ve all heard the saying that teamwork makes the dream work. These teamwork quotes show the beauty of working with others to accomplish common goals.

When we focus our energies on working together, we are able to complete tasks and meet our goals in more effective and efficient ways.

A great team works together cohesively towards a common goal, and creates a positive atmosphere for everyone. Its members support and encourage one another to strive for success.

Whether you’re in a team at work or play sports for fun, being part of a group can be a great force for good in your life. We hope you’ll be inspired by these amazing quotes about teamwork.

Top 10 Teamwork Quotes

If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work.

Matthew Woodring Stover

In union there is strength.

John Maxwell quote "Teamwork makes the dream work"
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” – John Maxwell

The whole is other than the sum of the parts.

Kurt Koffka

In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.

Mark Sanborn

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

Vince Lombardi

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

John Wooden
John Heywood teamwork quote "Many hands make light work"
“Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood

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

Phil Jackson

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

Lee Iacocca

Quotes about Teamwork

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

Teamwork: simply stated, it is less me, more we.


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

Helen Keller

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

Patrick Lencioni

Teamwork is the lynchpin in our long term success.

Ned Lautenbach
"The path to greatness is along with others"
“The path to greatness is along with others.” – Baltasar Gracián

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

Jean-Francois Cope

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

Sir Isaac Newton

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan

Together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results.

Becka Schoettle

Teamwork is the quintessential contradiction of a society grounded in individual achievement.

Marvin Weisbord

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.

Knute Rockne

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

James Cash Penney
Ken Blanchard quote "None of us is as smart as all of us"
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

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

Harry S. Truman

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

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

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

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

Victoria Osteen

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

Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.

Pat Summit

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

Henry Ford
Pele team quote "No individual can win a game by himself"
“No individual can win a game by himself.” – Pelé

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

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

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

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

George Shinn

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

Napoleon Hill

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

Amy Poelher

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

Mike Krzyzewski
"Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean"
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

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

Iyanla Vanzant

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

Pat Riley

Team Quotes

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

Simon Sinek

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

When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going and then you get something back.

Michael Schumacher

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

Steve Jobs

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

Norman Shidle

A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.

Barbara Glacel
Unknown teamwork quote "TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More"
“TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More.” – Unknown

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

Alison Pincus

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

Norman Shidle

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

Russel Honore

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

Lewis Ergen

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

Bill Bethel

With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.

Tahir Shah

Collaboration Quotes

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

Mattie Stepanek

Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.

Mike Schmoker
Edwin Land quote "Politeness is the poison of collaboration"
“Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land

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

African Proverb

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

Alain de Botton

If you can laugh together, you can work together.

Robert Orben

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17, ESV

Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.

Sir Isaac Newton

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

Henry Ford

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

Virginia Burden
Louisa May Alcott quote "It takes two flints to make a fire"
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott

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

H. E. Luccock

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

Cameron Russell

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Simon Mainwaring

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

Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.

Stephen Covey

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.

Mia Hamm
"When you need to innovate, you need collaboration"
“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.” – Marissa Mayer


We hope you enjoyed this collection of teamwork quotes and feel primed to work with a team.

Collaboration with others is a great way to reach goals, help each other, and achieve your dreams faster than you could alone.

Get out there and make it happen with your team today!

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, philosopher, and essayist. Born in 1817, he became a leading transcendentalist and is best known for his book Walden, which reflects on simple living and the natural environment.

Thoreau’s commitment to nature and the environment continue to have a profound impact on the way we see the world around us today.

Another of his essays, on “Civil Disobedience,” put forward his ideas on anarchism, tax resistance, and conscientious objection.  His commitment to the abolition of slavery even influenced notable figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

These are the best Henry David Thoreau quotes to motivate you to get back to nature, reflect on yourself, and make the world a better place however you can.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau quote "The question is not what you look at, but what you see"
“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.

Be resolutely and faithfully what you are; be humbly what you aspire to be.

Life in us is like the water in a river.

Thoreau quote "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth"
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.


None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

Henry David Thoreau quote "The world is but a canvas to our imagination"
“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.

I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

Thoreau quote "It is never too late to give up your prejudices"
“It is never too late to give up your prejudices.” – Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.

It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.

Henry David Thoreau quote "The universe is wider than our views of it"
“The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Thoreau quote "Things do not change; we change"
“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.

Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion"
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Familiar Letters
"How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book"
“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” – Henry David Thoreau

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.

My greatest skill has been to want but little.

Henry David Thoreau quote "Wildness is the preservation of the World"
“Wildness is the preservation of the World.” – Henry David Thoreau

Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, ‘I will simply be.’

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.

The life which men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?

"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend"
“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

Thoreau quote "Dreams are the touchstones of our characters"
“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” – Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake"
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.

Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.

If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.

A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; — not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.

Henry David Thoreau quote "Men are born to succeed, not to fail"
“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don’t get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success"
“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” – Henry David Thoreau

I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.

Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.

Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

Henry David Thoreau quote "Live your life, do your work, then take your hat"
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.” – Henry David Thoreau

There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.

To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.

‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.

Henry David Thoreau quote "Being is the great explainer"
“Being is the great explainer.” – Henry David Thoreau

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

"All good things are wild and free"
“All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau

I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals"
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.

"It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear"
“It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and another to hear.” – Henry David Thoreau

I make myself rich by making my wants few.

I have a room all to myself; it is nature.

It is not that we love to be alone, but that we love to soar, and when we do soar, the company grows thinner and thinner until there is none at all. …We are not the less to aim at the summits though the multitude does not ascend them.

Renew thyself completely each day.

This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.

The heart is forever inexperienced.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler"
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.

Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.

I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

Thoreau quote "The language of friendship is not words, but meanings"
“The language of friendship is not words, but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.

The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.

Faith never makes a confession.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau quote "We are constantly invited to be what we are"
“We are constantly invited to be what we are.” – Henry David Thoreau

I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of Henry David Thoreau quotes! Whatever the season, I hope you’ll be inspired to get outside and back to nature.