Pierre de Coubertin - Quotes

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The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well. ---->>>

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well. ---->>>

All sports for all people.

All sports for all people.

The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die. ---->>>

May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ages, increasing friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure. ---->>>

Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. ---->>>

For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement. ---->>>

In the Olympic Oath, I ask for only one thing: sporting loyalty. ---->>>

Swifter, higher, stronger. ---->>>

The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete. ---->>>

Sport must be accessible to working class youth. ---->>>

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.

Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law. ---->>>

The Olympic Games are the quadrennial celebration of the springtime of humanity. ---->>>

The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them. ---->>>

Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for. ---->>>

In no way can sport be considered a luxury object. ---->>>

A country can truly call itself sporting when the majority of its people feel a personal need for sport. ---->>>

Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport. ---->>>

Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort. ---->>>

The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete. ---->>>

The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age. ---->>>

For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment. ---->>>

Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. ---->>>

If he is knocked out of the competition, he encourages his brothers with his words and presence. ---->>>

Olympism... exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, mind and will. ---->>>

Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes. ---->>>

The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion. ---->>>

The Olympic Movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life, and includes a possibility to guide this reality toward the great Olympic Idea. ---->>>

In our view the Olympic idea involves a strong physical culture supplemented on the one hand by mobility, what is so aptly called 'fair play', and on the other hand by aesthetics, that is the cultivation of what is beautiful and graceful. ---->>>


Nationality: French
Born: January 1, 1863
Die: 09-02, 1937
Occupation: Leader

Pierre de Coubertin (French: [pjɛʁ də kubɛʁtɛ̃]; 1 January 1863 – 2 September 1937), born Pierre de Frédy, also known as Baron de Coubertin, was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee. He is considered the father of the modern Olympic Games. Born into a French aristocratic family, he became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history (wikipedia)