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57 Quotes About Collaboration to Motivate Your Team

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You can sometimes distill all the motivation you need into a single quote. Whether they are about hard work, team building, the creative process, or simply collaborating with a friend we’ve found 57 of the most inspiring quotes about collaboration. 

1. “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

2. “The whole point of collaboration is that you give and take from each other, and that’s how you create things that are totally new.” – Virgil Abloh

3. “When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.” – Marissa Mayer

4. “The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that’s proven.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda

5. “Filmmaking is a miracle of collaboration.” – James McAvoy

6. “It takes collaboration across a community to develop better skills for better lives.” – Jose Angel Gurria

7. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land

8. “Autonomy leads to empowerment. We work hard to maintain a balance between collaboration and cooperation and independence.” – Bobby Kotick

9. “I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.” – Steve Lacy

10. “Life is not a solo act. It’s a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.” – Tim Gunn

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I want to collaborate with people and be a part of a creative community. - Noel Wells

11. “Collaboration is being open to each other’s ideas and benefiting from each other’s perspectives in an open way.” – Alan Menken

12. “A good collaboration pushes the boundaries of both partners.” – Neil Blumenthal

13. “Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s the only way to work, really. Everyone’s there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.” – Antony Starr

14. “I don’t think it’s an unnatural thing at all for my collaborations or projects to be seen as art but entertainment at the same time.” – Takashi Murakami

15. “Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.” – Freeman Thomas

16. “Collaboration and augmentation are the foundational principles of innovation.” – Vaclav Smil

17. “Collaborations have no meaning if 1 + 1 does not equal much more than 2.” – Rei Kawakubo

18. “The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.” – Jens Martin Skibsted

19. “As always in a musical collaboration: One has to like each other. As simple as that.” – Klaus Schulze

20. “Collaboration is about listening to someone else and adding your own feelings about that thought.” – Joel Grey

21. “Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.” – Simon Mainwaring

22. “Most great advances have been a collaboration. That is the joy of science for me.” – Tim Hunt

23. “Collaborations aren’t easy, but you definitely get something highly different than had you done it on your own. That’s part of the experience.” – Cary Fukunaga

24. “Every sin is the result of a collaboration.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

25. “Invariably, collaboration leads to new forms of self-expression and to the things that move you.” – Rodney Crowell

"Invariably, collaboration leads to new forms of self-expression and to the things that move you." - Rodney Crowell

26. “I love collaborations because I love the mixture of the minds.” – Fabolous

27. “Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” – Andre Gide

28. “Collaboration is the best way to work. It’s the only way to work, really.” – Antony Starr

29. “I love doing collaborations – it’s always good to do something that’s out of the box.” – Kelly Rowland

30. “In a collaboration, you have to collaborate, meet in the middle, yield to the other collaborator, and that’s a wonderful thing.” – Ty Segall

31. “Like people, when companies work to foster a culture of collaboration, communication becomes second nature.” – Doug McMillon

32. “I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.” – Alain de Botton

33. “I think there should be collaboration but under my thumb.” – Elia Kazan

34. “Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.” – Antoni Gaudi

35. “When it all boils down, it’s about embracing each others’ stories and maybe even finding that synergy to collaborate for the common good.” – Dhani Jones

36. “It’s great that people get together and collaborate, talk about the facts and the analysis, all in the interest of having a great financial system.” – Jamie Dimon

37. “Copiers do not collaborate.” – Antoni Gaudi

38. “What you want to do is put people in a position where they feel connected enough to you that they’re willing to collaborate with you; they’re willing to show you the things that they were scared to tell you about before.” – Christopher Voss

39. “I’m so motivated to collaborate with people and help them realize the kind of collective vision.” – Rachel Griffiths

40. “I feel the 21st century is another new age. Not only can we collaborate again with nature, but we have to. It’s an emergency.” – Bjork

41. “I love the fact that you collaborate with your readers when you write a book.” – Robert Crais

42. “The Internet lets thousands of total strangers collaborate to produce a truly hive-like result.” – Clive Thompson

43. “In my life, it’s always been about who I’m going to collaborate with. Less important to me is what the subject is.” – Winnie Holzman

44. “Collaborate, don’t dictate.” – George A. Romero

45. “Even having all the time in the world, it’s better to collaborate with your brothers and sisters. It’s ultimately the richest experience.” – David Milch

46. “In our group, it was a necessary requirement that one has to be able to collaborate.” – Jacques Dubochet

"In our group, it was a necessary requirement that one has to be able to collaborate." - Jacques Dubochet

47. “I want to collaborate with people and be a part of a creative community.” – Noel Wells

48. “I’m tenacious. I work hard. I like people that I collaborate with to work as hard as I am.” – Joe Mantello

49. “I think the more you know people and the more you get to know artists, the better you can collaborate.” – Ludwig Goransson

50. “I’m a very impatient person. I like things to be done. So I complete a lot of projects, but it helps to partner or collaborate with someone who’s the opposite because they can tell me when to slow down.” – Michelle Zauner

51. “Collaboration and collegiality does not mean bowing down. It doesn’t mean being brought to heel.”- Annamie Paul

52. “In any collaboration, you want to respect your music and the other’s music.” – Eric Nam

53. “I love the process of collaboration… to me it just makes sense.” – Frank Dukes

54. “I think that’s the beauty of the collaboration with a team. In the end, it never turns out how you imagine, it always is this amalgam of bringing in different perspectives.” – Cory Barlog

55. “What I love is the openness of collaboration.” – Rostam Batmanglij

56. “First and foremost, I’m a fan of the people I’m collaborating with. And collaborations expand who you are.” – Flo Rida

57. “Collaboration is a multilane highway, going in all directions. If there isn’t reciprocity, it fails, and it’s unsatisfying.” – Jeffrey Wright


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"Collaboration is a multilane highway, going in all directions. If there isn't reciprocity, it fails, and it's unsatisfying." - Jeffrey Wright
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