An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Within our family there was no such thing as a person who did not matter. Second cousins thrice removed mattered.


Shirley Abbott


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


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947-, American basketball player)


The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.


Jacqueline Bisset (1946-, American screen actor)


The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original.  They are rarely useful.  The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them.


Harvey A. Block (American business executive, CEO of Bokenon Systems Inc.)


We take eagles and teach them to fly in formation.


Wayne Calloway (American businessman, CEO of Pepsico)


The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.


Margaret Carty


One swallow alone does not make a summer.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


You've got to be willing to stay committed to someone over the long run, and sometimes it doesn't work out. But often if you become real honest with yourself and honest with each other, and put aside whatever personal hurt and disappointment you have to really understand yourself and your spouse, it can be the most wonderful experience you've ever had.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.


Robert Crandall (American business executive)


We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women -- whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.


Barbara Deming


A team is a team is a team. Shakespeare said that many times.


Dan Devine


We all have the same dreams.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.


B. Dodge


Partnering with executives and companies facing major challenges or significant opportunities to create extraordinary team focus, alignment and commitment.


Jim Donovan (American motivational speaker and business consultant)

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All the wealth of the world cannot be compared with the happiness of living together happily united.


Margaret D'youville


Imitation is for shirkers, like-mindedness for the comfort lovers, unifying for the creators.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Leader and followers are both following the invisible leader -- the common purpose.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


That is always our problem, not how to get control of people, but how all together we can get control of a situation.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The essential feature of common thought is not that it is held in common but that it has been produced in common ... the core of the social process is not likeness, but the harmonizing of differences through interpenetration.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The unifying of opposites is the eternal process.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of the utmost importance that these should not be considered the same.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


While you don't need a formal written contract before you get married, I think it's important for both partners to spell out what they expect from each other.... There are always plenty of surprises -- and lots of give and take -- once you're married.


Muriel Fox


People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.


Dr. Allan Fromme (American psychotherapist, author)


No one man is superior to the game.


A. Bartlett Giamatti (American baseball (National League) president)


What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Clearly no group can as an entity create ideas.  Only individuals can do this.  A group of individuals may, however, stimulate one another in the creation of ideas.


Estill I. Green (American business executive, VP of Bell Telephone Laboratories)


A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees the further of the two.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


Many hands make light work.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


On this team, we're all united in a common goal: to keep my job.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Light is the task where many share the toil.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.


Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1959-, American basketball player)


The streams which would otherwise diverge to fertilize a thousand meadows, must be directed into one deep narrow channel before they can turn a mill.


Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British essayist)


We must stand together; if we don't, there will be no victory for any one of us.


Mother Jones


There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


Collectively we can do what no person can do singly.


Leland Kaiser


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Now men and women are separate and unequal. We should be hand in hand; in fact, we should have our arms around one another.


Cloris Leachman


Marriage is not a reform school.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


I don't believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared, so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.


Tom Landry (1924-, American football player, coach)


Unless I am a part of everything I am nothing.


Penelope Lively


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


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


There's a thread that binds all of us together, pull one end of the thread, the strain is felt all down the line.


Rosamond Marshall


When one's own problems are unsolvable and all best efforts are frustrated, it is lifesaving to listen to other people's problems.


Suzanne Massie


Most teams aren't teams at all but merely collections of individual relationships with the boss. Each individual vying with the others for power, prestige and position.


Douglas Murray McGregor (1906-1964, American management theorist, educator)


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 (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


We will try to create conditions where persons could come together in a spirit of teamwork, and exercise to their heart's desire their technological capacity.


Akio Morita (1921-, Japanese businessman, CEO of Sony Corporation)


A well-run restaurant is like a winning baseball team. It makes the most of every crew member's talent and takes advantage of every split-second opportunity to speed up service.


David Ogilvy (1911-1999,  American businessman, advertising expert)


Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were others who felt the same way.


Rosa Parks (1913-, American Civil Rights activist)


When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellency becomes a reality.


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.


Alice Paul (1885-1977, American feminist, social reformer)


One beam, no matter how big, cannot support an entire house on its own.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.


Ethiopian Proverb (Sayings of Ethiopian origin)


A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. But I shall not have the strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me.


Queen Elizabeth II (1900-2002, British Queen)


Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn't make sense not to use both.


Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973, American feminist and pacifist)


By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Today whenever women gather together it is not necessarily nurturing. It is coalition building. And if you feel the strain, you may be doing some good work.


Bernice Johnson Reagon


Women's art, though created in solitude, wells up out of community. There is, clearly, both enormous hunger for the work thus being diffused, and an explosion of creative energy, bursting through the coercive choicelessness of the system on whose boundaries we are working.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don't win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.


David Robinson (1965-, American basketball player)


I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don't win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.


David Robinson (1965-, American basketball player)


We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets, time lines and the freedom to solve their own problems.


John Rollwagen (American businessman, CEO of Cray Research)


You have to do it by yourself, and you can't do it alone.


Martin Rutte


When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.


Bo Schembechler (1929-, American college football coach)


Most leaders are indispensable, but to produce a major social change, many ordinary people must also be involved.


Anne Firor Scott


One must either accept some theory or else believe one's own instinct or follow the world's opinion.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.


Han Suyin


It's easy to get the players; it's getting them to play together that's the tough part


Casey Stengel (1889-1975, American baseball player and manager)


Pears cannot ripen alone. So we ripened together.


Meridel Le Sueur


Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.


Deborah Tannen


Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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A job worth doing is worth doing together.


Author Unknown


In an earthquake, the most dangerous place to be is in a tall building that is not flexible. Yet, one of the safest places is a tall building that has been stressed for earthquakes -- in other words, one that has a deep foundation and is flexible. So, too, over the coming years, large organizations that remain rigid will crumble and fall, while those that succeed in adding flexibility, teamwork and creativity to their cultures will thrive.


Author Unknown


Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.


Author Unknown


Members of groups that do not meet regularly together usually do not feel a strong sense of belonging and do not take ownership for the success of the group.


Author Unknown


Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.


Author Unknown


TEAM -- Together Everyone Achieves More.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


The fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.


Author Unknown


The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake.  The five most important words: You did a good job.  The four most important words: What is YOUR opinion?  The three most important words: If you please.  The two most important words: Thank You.  The one most important word: We.  The least important word: I.


Author Unknown


When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.


Author Unknown


White man builds big fire, stands back. Indian builds little fire, huddles close


Author Unknown


Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can push things that come into their hands a little higher up, a little further on towards the heights of excellence.


Author Unknown


I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.


Gloria Vanderbilt


No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us -- because they are.


Sam Walton (1918-1992, American businessman, founder of Wal-mart)


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


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