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People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible.

TOM VILSACK, speech, Jan. 10, 2006

A hundred thousand men, coming one after another, cannot move a Ton weight; but the united strength of 50 would transport it with ease.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Dr. William Gordon, Jul. 8, 1783

The issues that confront us may seem so huge, so complicated, so difficult to deal with that it's hard to believe that anything we can do will have a meaningful impact. But there are a lot of us in the world. A lot of people doing a lot of little things could have a huge impact. And by doing something, we are also demonstrating that lots of people really do care.

MICHAEL NORTON, 365 Ways to Change the World

Only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire.


Two heads are better than one.


Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.

JOHN RUSKIN, Sesame and Lillies

Life is not a game of Solitaire; people depend on one another. When one does well, others are lifted. When one stumbles, others also are impacted. There are no one-man teams—either by definition or natural law. Success is a cooperative effort; it’s dependent upon those who stand beside you.

JON M. HUNTSMAN SR., Essential Lessons on Leadership

In the end the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along. Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. Indeed, since the creation of the first nucleated cells, evolution has proceeded through ever more intricate arrangements of cooperation and coevolution. Partnership—the tendency to associate, establish links, live inside one another, and cooperate—is one of the hallmarks of life.

FRITJOF CAPRA, The Web of Life

Cooperation will solve many problems. Even freckles would form a nice tan if they would ever get together.

ANONYMOUS, Wise Words and Quotes

When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, Sep. 5, 2012

You cannot clap with one hand alone.

JOHN TAYLOR WOOD, Quotes to Nirvana

Cooperation and conflict are two sides of the same coin; both arise out of man's relationship with his fellows. The larger the group, the greater the possibility of development through cooperation, and the greater the possibility of conflict.

JULIUS NYERERE, Quotable Quotes of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation ... it is common to wish well to oneself, but in our technically unified world, wishing well to oneself is sure to be futile unless it is combined with wishing well to others.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

Cooperation is a higher moral principle than competition.

BRYANT MCGILL, Voice of Reason

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, attributed, The Passion Driven Life

Possibly it may help us to realize that there can be no security for one unless it is enjoyed by all; that though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, What Eisenhower Thinks

Cooperation is an evolved type of relationship compared with initial egocentric forms, and is achieved by cooperation. This is a genetic circle, for, with development, a less evolved form of cooperation (we call it Form 1) is transformed into a more evolved and more complete form (Form 2). It is thus possible to achieve cooperation (Form 2) through cooperation (Form 1).


Cooperation is in fact the living and productive pulsation of the multitudo. Cooperation is the articulation in which an infinite number of the singularities are composed as productive essence of the new. Cooperation is innovation, richness, and thus the basis of the creative surplus that defines the expression of the multitudo.

ANTONIO NEGRI, Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State

Cooperation is willing collaboration by free individuals in a collective effort that creates more value than it expends.

JAMES RAYMOND LUCAS, Broaden the Vision

Cooperation can evolve when two basic conditions are fulfilled. First, the benefits of the common action must be shared sooner or later between the participants, and second, the benefits to the participants must exceed the costs of the common action. However, cooperation can be rather unstable, as it is very susceptible to cheaters, individuals that are not investing in the cooperative task, but are nonetheless trying to gain access to the benefits. The greater the extent of cheating, the less likely cooperation is to occur.

CHRISTOPHER BOESCH, HEDWIGE BOESCH & LINDA VIGILANT, "Cooperative Hunting in Chimpanzees: Kinship or Mutualism?"


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