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Cooperation

  • We must be willing to learn the lesson that cooperation may imply compromise, but if it brings a world advance it is a gain for each individual nation.

  • Allies never trust each other, but that doesn't spoil their effectiveness.

  • Cooperation is an intelligent functioning of the concept of laissez faire — a thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.

  • I believe the fundamental work of this time — work that requires the participation of all of us — is to discover new ways of 'being together.'

  • ... we don't have to agree with each other in order to think well together. There is no need for us to be joined at the head. We are joined by our human hearts.

  • Two hands are better than four sometimes.

  • ... there is ten times more in the world than would maintain all in yet unknown luxury. Yet how much misery there is in our midst; not because there is not enough, but owing to the misdirection of it.

  • Cooperation isn't the absence of conflict but a means of managing conflict.

  • To make a small town achieve its potential, you need everybody. When a blind person carries a crippled person who can see, both of them get where they're going.

  • How nice it is to have a mate / And intimately collaborate / With an editorial we / To make an us of him and me.

  • Help other people get what they want — and you'll get what you want.

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

  • ... scientists have discovered that the small brave act of cooperating with another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.

    • Natalie Angier,
    • "Why We're So Nice: We're Wired to Cooperate," The New York Times ()
  • I alone can do it. But I can't do it alone.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Karen Casey, A Woman's Spirit ()