Pierre de Coubertin

(Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin)

Pierre de Coubertin
Pierre de Coubertin
  • Born: January 1, 1863
  • Died: September 2, 1937
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Leader

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Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin was a French educator and historian, and founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President. 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. He graduated with a degree in law and public affairs Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). It was at Sciences Po that he came up with the idea of the Summer Olympic Games.

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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. Parks & Recreation
A country can truly call itself sporting when the majority of its people feel a personal need for sport. Sports & Athletics
All sports for all people. Sports & Athletics
All sports must be treated on the basis of equality. Sports & Athletics ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement. Sports & Athletics
For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment. Sports & Athletics ;Religion & God
Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. History
If he is knocked out of the competition, he encourages his brothers with his words and presence.
In no way can sport be considered a luxury object. Sports & Athletics
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.
In the Olympic Oath, I ask for only one thing: sporting loyalty. Sports & Athletics
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. Life ;Respect
Olympism... exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, mind and will.
Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport. Sports & Athletics
Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for. Sports & Athletics
Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort. Sports & Athletics
Sport must be accessible to working class youth. Sports & Athletics
Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes. Sports & Athletics
Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law. Sports & Athletics ;Success
Swifter, higher, stronger.
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. Power ;Happiness & Unhappiness
The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion.
The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete. Life
The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well. Life
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. Life
The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them.
The Olympic Games are the quadrennial celebration of the springtime of humanity.
The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.
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. Life
The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age.

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