What teamwork quotes inspire you?

Hey everyone! My name is Natalie and I'm an editor of the Atlassian Blog and I've got a question for you: What's your favorite quote about teamwork? 

We've compiled a list here, along with some beautiful visuals you can download and include in your next presentation, or even print out and hang up in your office. 

Check it out, and let me know what YOUR favorite teamwork quote is -- we might even be able to include it in our blog post! 

Thanks all


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Craig Castle-Mead Community Champion Aug 15, 2018

In a similar vein to the Robert Ingersol quote  

“a rising tide lifts all boats”


Ah I like that one! Funny enough someone at work said that today in a meeting. Thanks, Craig. 

How will i go about this?

Bridget Sauer Community Manager Aug 16, 2018

Hi Robert! I'd recommend you do some good old research (Google works!) on leaders you admire. From there, you can see if there are any good quotes by that person about teamwork or about work in general. <- That's just how I went about it! 

Alana Fernando Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

I love. Its funny and true. 

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

by - Matthew Woodring Stover

haha yeah who really wants that? Good one

Jack Brickey Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

So I'm normally one of those people that rolls their eyes at the motivational expressions and in fact find more value in the de-motivational sarcastic ones. :-)

It isn't that I don't believe in the message, just that they often feel so forced or corny.

I'm a big believer in teams and that is the way I prefer to work in almost every situation.

Having said that, here is a quote from Amy Poehler that I came across years ago that she delivered during a graduation speech. It really resonates with me and I believe speaks to the true value of teamwork.

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

Jack Brickey Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

LOL....I guess I should have read the link to the one's already posted because my choice was there already! DOH!

@Jack Brickey Yes! I completely agree teamwork quotes can be way. too. corny. That's what inspired me to write the post in the first place. But hey I'm glad that's one you like too. 

I also like the one by Abraham Lincoln, "I don't like that person. I should get to know them better." It acknowledges that working with others isn't always easy but that's not an excuse for us to judge and shut people out.  

@Natalie MendesI have so much respect for Abraham Lincoln as a human being more than as a President(his life, his failures, ....). His quotes are unforgettable. one of them that inspires me the most is: "It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and get there."

Jack Brickey Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

@Natalie Mendes, that indeed is a great quote and one I have never heard but will now remember.

Oh, what a great quote by Abe, @Natalie Mendes! I hadn't heard it either but I really like it.

@Bianca Encinas right? Love his humility there

Fadoua Boualem Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

"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

carolyn french Community Champion Aug 21, 2018

Very inspirational and humble

Craig Castle-Mead Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.– Antoine de Saint Exupery


(variations, original quote etc discussed at https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/08/25/sea/ )

That is such a good one! Beautifully written

Meg Holbrook Community Champion Aug 16, 2018

There's one I have printed and hung on my wall, by Marie Curie:


You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. 

Mirek Community Champion Aug 17, 2018

This is one one my favorites when I am thinking of a teamwork


"The whole is more than the sum of its parts" Aristotle, metaphysical.

"The lone genius is dead, long live the team" Sven Peters, Team advocate

Love it. And, hi Sven! Nice to see you here :) 

carolyn french Community Champion Aug 22, 2018

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead


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