Quotes on cooperatives

From Cultivate.Coop

General cooperatives

  • Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 [1]
  • Labor can and will become its own employer through co-operative association. – Leland Stanford [2]


  • It has been said that cooperativism is an economic movement that uses the methods of education. This definition can also be modified to affirm that cooperativism is an educational movement that uses the methods of economics. – Don José María Arizmendiarrieta Madariaga [3]
  • The following is one of the ten cooperative principles of Mondragón, as quoted in "We Build the Road as We Travel": Education is essential for fulfilling the basic cooperative principles. It is fundamentally important to devote sufficient human and economic resources to cooperative education, professional training, and general education of young people for the future. [4]

General cooperation

  • ...every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. – Albert Einstein[5]
  • The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation - Lord Bertrand Russel[6]

Notable Co-operators

  • Youth is too serious to become obedient. – Edward Filene[7]


  3. Arizmendiarrieta, Don José María. Reflections. Bilbao: Mondragon, 2007.
  4. Morrison, Roy. We Build the Road As We Travel: Mondragon’s Cooperative Society. New York: New Society, Limited, 1993. Page 12
  5. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Mar 1950
  6. 'Human Society in Ethics and Politics'