Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort.
A country can truly call itself sporting when the majority of its people feel a personal need for sport.
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.
The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion.
If he is knocked out of the competition, he encourages his brothers with his words and presence.
For me sport was a religion… with religious sentiment.
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 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.
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.
All sports for all people.