Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.

Pierre De Coubertin

Pierre De Coubertin

Profession: Historian
Nationality: French

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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.

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

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.

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

Sport must be accessible to working class youth.

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport.