two heads are better than one
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- Some tasks may be accomplished more easily by two (or more) people working together than by one working alone.
- 1818, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 8, in Rob Roy:
- "Mr. Francis Osbaldistone is an innocent man, Rashleigh," said Miss Vernon, "and he demands an investigation of the charge against him, and I intend to support him in it."
"You do, my pretty cousin?—I should think, now, Mr. Francis Osbaldistone was likely to be as effectually, and rather more delicately, supported by my presence than by yours."
"Oh, certainly; but two heads are better than one, you know."
- 1882, Horatio Alger, chapter 23, in Ben's Nugget:
- On the principle that two heads are better than one, he resolved to take his companion, Jones, into his confidence and ask him to make a suggestion.
- 1906, Arthur Quiller-Couch, chapter 17, in The Mayor of Troy:
- Two heads are better than one, sir. We will prosecute our investigations together.
joint thinking pays