On Collaboration

‘Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than myself.’
— Alexander Graham Bell

‘The lightning spark of thought generated in the solitary mind awakens its likeness in another mind.’
— Thomas Carlyle

‘Creativity varies inversely with the number of cooks involved in the broth.’
— Bernice Fitz-Gibbon

‘It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject: the details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to the enterprise, thought and perception of an individual.’
— Alexander Fleming

‘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

‘Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.’
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’
— Isaac Newton

‘The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.’
— Theodore Roosevelt

‘If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.’
— George Bernard Shaw

‘It takes two to speak the truth–one to speak, and another to hear.’
— Henry David Thoreau

‘There is a creative act involved by the receiver as well as by the sender and that makes for innovation. Both sides are equally important.’
— J. Kirk Varnedoe

‘There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.’
— Edith Wharton