63 Teamwork Quotes to Inspire Better Collaboration & Achieve Success

Teamwork is essential to success. When you focus only on ‘I’ rather than ‘We,’ you limit your potential to learn and grow. Consequently, you may be unable to achieve your goals.

Whether it is academics, career, sports, or personal life, your ability to work in a team will be tested in every sphere.

Regardless of your experience and talent, you must inspire yourself and those around you to become good team players. One effective way of doing so is by sharing inspirational quotes that infuse a strong esprit de corps in your team.

Inspirational Teamwork Quotes

Here are 63 insightful quotes on teamwork to kindle the spirit of unity and inspire you to work closely with your teammates to achieve excellence in all areas of life.

1. “It takes two flints to make a fire.” Louisa May Alcott

2. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you, but what you can do for your teammates.” Magic Johnson

3. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan

4. “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” Kenyan Proverb

5. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

6. “Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.” Rosemary Brown

7. “I find it fascinating that a snowflake, by itself, can be so delicate; but when they team-up, they can close-down an entire city.” Steve Maraboli

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

9. “When ‘I’ is replaced with ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness.” Malcolm X

10. “It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.” Unknown

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

12. “A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.” Swahili Proverb

13. “No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man is a piece
of the continent.” John Donne

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

15. “The path to greatness is along with others.” Baltasar Gracián

16. “If I miss anything about the sport, it’s the camaraderie of teammates.” Bo Jackson

17. “Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.” Tom Wilson

18. “When was ever honey made with one bee in a hive?” Thomas Hood

19. “We cannot win in team situations or in relationships by ourselves. It is like trying to pick up a pencil with only one finger… Even if that one finger is extremely strong, it will prove almost impossible to pick up that pencil unless you use your other fingers or some other part of your hand. Teamwork is a bit like using all of your fingers. Each one is unique and contributes something different, but they unite in pursuit of a common goal.” Terry Orlick

20. “A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” Japanese Proverb

21. “I hate letting my teammates down. I know I’m not going to make every shot. Sometimes, I try to make the right play, and if it results in a loss, I feel awful. I don’t feel awful because I have to answer questions about it. I feel awful in that locker room because I could have done something more to help my teammates win.” LeBron James

22. “Being there every week for my teammates is really important to me. It’s about accountability.” Peyton Manning

23. “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-Soo Kwon

24. “Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.” Unknown

25. “If we would just support each other… that’s ninety percent of the problem.” Edward Francis ‘Ed’ Gardner

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

27. “Individual commitment to a group effort: That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi

28. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” Ken Blanchard

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

30. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” Robert Orben

31. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson

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

33. “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

34. “There’s nothing greater in the world than when somebody on the team does something good, and everybody gathers around to pat him on the back.” Billy Martin

35. “My teammates, they put me on their backs and they wouldn’t let me down.” Jerome Lin

36. “When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.” Russel Honore

37. “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.” Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

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

39. “Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” Chris Bradford

40. “Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.” Patrick Lencioni

41. “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

42. “A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” Norman Glass Shidle

43. “The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” Margaret Carty

44. “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

45. “If we were all determined to play the first violin, we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.” Robert Schumann

46. “Teamwork. A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.” Justin Sewel

47. “Working together works.” Rob Gilbert

48. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

49. “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

50. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” Halford E. Luccock

51. “No individual can win a game by himself.” Pelé

52. “In union there is strength.” Aesop

53. “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

54. “You don’t win with the best talent – you win with the five players who are able to play well together.” Unknown

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

56. “Teams share the burden and divide the grief.” Doug Smith

57. “Many hands make light work.” English Proverb

58. “People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.” Allan Fromme

59. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

60. “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” Ethiopian Proverb

61. “I love teamwork. I love the idea of everyone rallying together to help me win.” Jarod Kintz

62. “All the talent in the world won’t take you anywhere without your teammates.” Unknown

63. “Your teammates give you the confidence. They give me the confidence all year, all post-season.” LeBron James


Trying to achieve lofty goals single-handedly can be overwhelming; however, with a team by your side, you can achieve the impossible with great ease.

The above quotes will help you understand the importance of teamwork and enable you to realize your dreams more easily.