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Pierre de Coubertin
January 1, 1863 - September 2, 1937
Nationality: French
Category: Leader
Subcategory: French Leader

All sports must be treated on the basis of equality.


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.


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


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


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


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.


Swifter, higher, stronger.


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.


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


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


Sport must be accessible to working class youth.


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


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


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


All sports for all people.


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.


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


Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.


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