Sport is part of every man and woman’s heritage and its absence can never be compensated for.
Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.
The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.
The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.
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… exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, mind and will.
Success comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law.
In no way can sport be considered a luxury object.
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.
Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort.