We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.
Doing things for others always pays dividends…
—Claude M. Bristol (1891–1951) American Journalist, Self-Help Author
I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.
—Paul McCartney (b.1942) English Pop Singer, Songwriter
No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
—Brian Tracy (b.1944) American Author, Motivational Speaker
There is the sky, which is all men’s together.
—Euripides (480–406 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
Men exist for the sake of one another. Either teach them or bear with them.
—Marcus Aurelius (121–180) Emperor of Rome, Stoic Philosopher
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men-above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. My peace of mind is often troubled by the depressing sense that I have borrowed too heavily from the work of other men.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
—Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961) Swiss Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Philosopher
Put yourself in the other man’s place and then you will know why he thinks certain things and does certain deeds.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Individuals score points, but teams win games.
—Zig Ziglar (1926–2012) American Author
So far is it from being true that men are naturally equal, that no two people can be half an hour together but one shall acquire an evident superiority over the other.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him He gives him for mankind.
—Phillips Brooks (1835–93) American Episcopal Clergyman, Author
In walking, the will and the muscles are so accustomed to working together and performing their task with so little expenditure of force that the intellect is left comparatively free.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
—Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) American Inventor, Philosopher
Pleasure usually takes the form of me and now; joy is us and always.
—Marvin J. Ashton (1915–94) American Mormon Religious Leader
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
—Aesop (620–564 BCE) Greek Fabulist
We do not exist for ourselves…
—Thomas Merton (1915–68) American Trappist Monk
It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
—Max Lerner (1902–92) Russian-born American Journalist
Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.
—Ben Stein (b.1944) American Lawyer, Writer, Economist, Humorist
It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, that your greatest successes will be derived
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aarons beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.
—The Holy Bible Scripture in the Christian Faith
He that does good to another, does good also to himself, not only in the consequences, but in the very act; for the consciousness of well doing is, in itself, ample reward.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it’s vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it’s security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
—Adlai Stevenson (1900–65) American Diplomat, Politician, Orator
If we would just support each other—that’s ninety percent of the problem.
—Howard Gardner (b.1943) American Cognitive Psychologist
Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969) American Head of State, Military Leader
We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.
—William Hazlitt (1778–1830) English Essayist
We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another—until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.
—Richard Nixon (1913–94) American Head of State, Lawyer