Team Building Quotes

 

Over the centuries much has been said and written about teamwork

and team building.  Here is a selection of brief quotes from some

well-known and successful folks on the subject of teamwork and

the advantages of working together.

 

“In union there is strength.”

Aesop

 

"Nobody is perfect, but a good team can be."

Meredith Belbin

 

“Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”

Alexander the Great

 

"The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation."

Bertrand Russell

 

“It takes two flints to make a fire.”

Louisa May Alcott

 

“No individual can win a game by himself.”

Pelé

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”  

Henry Ford

 

“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

 

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”    

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

“To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

 

“Be as great in act as you have been in thought.”

William Shakespeare

 

“Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.”

SEAL Team saying

 

“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

 

“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

 

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

Swahili proverb

 

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

Stephen Covey

 

“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.” 

Vince Lombardi

 

“Light is the task where many share the toil.”  

Homer

 

“If people knew how hard I worked at my art, they would not consider me a genius.”

Michelangelo

 

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

Thomas Edison

 

“Always do right -- this will gratify some and astonish the rest.”

Mark Twain

 

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way . . . you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”

Aristotle

 

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”

Socrates

 

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Thomas Edison

 

“Teamwork is neither good nor desirable. It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. Managements have yet to learn how to make it.”

Peter F. Drucker

 

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”

Kenyan Proverb

 

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

Ken Blanchard

 

“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

 

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”

Benjamin Franklin

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

A. A. Milne

 

“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

 

 “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” 

Michael Jordan

 

“A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.”  

Lee Iacocca

 

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

 

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

Henry Ford

 

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain