Co-operation (quotes)


Cooperation is working together to the same end


The power of cooperation


Cooperation is a powerful and healthy force

  • The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation. Jonathan Haidt
  • Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. Helen Keller
  • Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The only thing that will redeem humankind is cooperation. Bertrand Russell
  • We = power. Lorii Myers
  • Union gives strength. Aesop
  • Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
  • When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. Ethiopian Proverb
  • Strength is derived from unity. The range of our collective vision is far greater when individual insights become one.  Andrew Carnegie

An orchestra or choir illustrates the power of cooperation

  • No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.  E. Luccock
  • I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity… to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that. Paul McCartney

Successful people always have able persons behind them

  • Behind an able man there are always other able men. Chinese proverb
  • There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. George Shinn
  • No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. Althea Gibson

Personal relationships are essential to get great things done in life

  • Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people. Earl Nightingale
  • Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. Ben Stein

Leadership is all about fostering cooperation

  • Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. William Arthur Ward
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Cooperation requires trust

  • Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. Albert Einstein
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The rewards of cooperation


Cooperation brings success

  • Life is not a game of Solitaire; people depend on one another. When one does well, others are lifted. When one stumbles, others also are impacted. There are no one-man teams—either by definition or natural law. Success is a cooperative effort; it’s dependent upon those who stand beside you. Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
  • No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation. Orison Swett Marden
  • Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford
  • It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed. Harvey S. Firestone
  • For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. Oprah Winfrey
  • People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Vince Lombardi
  • The choice is to work alone to be a little more successful than the next person, or to work together for the great betterment of humanity. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Henry Ford
  • In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Charles Darwin
  • Getting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked with cooperation. William Feather
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Cooperation leads to greater mind-power, ideas and discovery

  • Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself. Alexander Graham Bell
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Cooperation allows us to see further

  • I have been told that one of the reasons the astronomers of the world cooperate is the fact that there is no one nation from which the entire sphere of the sky can be seen. Perhaps there is in that fact a parable for national statesmen, whose political horizons are all too often limited by national horizons. Adlai Stevenson
  • A dwarf on a giant’s shoulder, sees further of the two. George Herbert
  • If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants. Isaac Newton

Cooperation allows us to achieve more than competition

  • If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.  If you want to be exponentially better:  Be cooperative.
  • Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Do you ever question why our educational system teaches competition rather than cooperation? Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Cooperation is less stressful than competition. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Trying to be number one and trying to do a task well are two different things. Alfie Kohn
  • Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity. Daniel Burrus
  • You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete. Robert Anthony
  • Cooperation is a higher moral principle than competition. Bryant McGill
  • People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. Allan Fromme
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Cooperate creates win-win solutions

  • What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis. Edwards Deming
  • There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish. Mary Parker Follett
  • Always look for the win-win. How can you and the other person both come away with something you want? Lisa Braithwaite
  • Contrary to most of our scripting, to win does not mean somebody else has to lose. Stephen Covey
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Yet more rewards of cooperation

  • The small, brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.
  • Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing. Quincy Jones
  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Meade
  • We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. Bill Clinton
  • Willingness to compromise with others’ ways of living and cooperation in common tasks, these make living happy and fruitful. Sri Sathya Sai Baba
  • Every step by which an individual substitutes concerted action for isolated action results in an immediate and recognizable improvement in his or her conditions. The advantages derived from peaceful cooperation and division of labor are universal. Ludwig von Mises
  • If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired. Askhari Johnson Hodari

Non-cooperation leads to duplication of effort

  • Non-cooperative approaches . . . almost always involve duplication of effort, since someone working independently must spend time and skills on problems that already have been encountered and overcome by someone else. A technical hitch, for example, is more likely to be solved quickly and imaginatively if scientists (including scientists from different countries) pool their talents rather than compete against one another. Alfie Kohn
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No man is an island


No man should depend solely on himself or go it totally alone

  • I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. Lone Man
  • Life is not a game of Solitaire; people depend on one another… There are no one-man teams—either by definition or natural law.  Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
  • We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. George Bernard Shaw
  • Men exist for the sake of one another. Marcus Aurelius
  • Being human, we are imperfect. That’s why we need each other. To catch each other when we falter.  To encourage each other when we lose heart.  Some may lead; others may follow; but none of us can go it alone.  Hilary Clinton
  • No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne

Interdependence is as important as self-sufficiency

  • Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.  Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
  • Let’s face it. In most of life we really are interdependent. We need each other. Staunch independence is an illusion, but heavy dependence isn’t healthy, either. The only position of long-term strength is interdependence: win/win. Greg Anderson
  • Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.  Gandhi
  • Interdependence is the paradigm of “we”—we can do it; we can combine our talents and abilities to create something greater together. Despite independence being the avowed goal of many people and social movements, interdependence is a far more effective and advanced concept. Stephen Covey
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Help and be helped by others


Let others help you…

  • Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it. Clement Stone

…by appealing to their self interest

  • If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self- interest, you can have practically anything you go after.   Napoleon Hill

Help others and you help yourself

  • The duty of helping one’s self in the highest sense involves the helping of one’s neighbors. Samuel Smiles
  • It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Charles Dudley Warner

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