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“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
“Nature is based on harmony. So it says if we want to survive and become more like nature, then we actually have to understand that it’s cooperation versus competition.”
“He who cannot help may hinder.”
“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
“When was ever honey made with one bee in a hive?
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
-Harry S. Truman
“Not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.”
“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
“In union there is strength.”
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”
“A team that sweats together sticks together.”
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
-Halford Edward Luccock
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.”
“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievements of many.”
“United we stand, divided we fall.” –
“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.”
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
“If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.”
“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.”
“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”
“None of us is as smart as all of us.”
“Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.”
-Sir Ken Robinson Ph.D.
How can you use Quotes?
- Start a discussion: Quotes can start a discussion about a character trait at the beginning of a meeting or the dinner table. You can ask questions about what it means, how they have seen the trait demonstrated in their own lives, or how they can develop it themselves.
- Provide a model: Quotes can provide a model of good character. When you read a quote from a famous person or historical figure, you show that people they admire also value the same character traits.
- Use quotes as writing/journal prompts: Ask them to write a short essay about a quote to help them think more deeply about its implications for their lives.
- Post quotes: You can post quotes where they will be seen/heard often – classroom, breakroom, lobby, dining room, email signatures, video bulletin boards, morning announcements, social media, etc.
- Read quotes aloud: You can read quotes aloud to your children during mealtimes, bedtime, or any other time you spend together.
- Make it fun: You can make it even more fun by incorporating games, activities, or crafts. Let children decorate signs with the quotes to hang in the classroom or a bedroom door. Record children saying it and post it on social media.