Coubertin Quote for Dec, 09
Olympism is only part of my life's work, approximately half in fact.

As he sat down to write the fifth and final volume of his memoirs in 1935, Baron Pierre de Coubertin decided to call it “The Unfinished Symphony.”  While his work on the Olympic Games had brought him some fame during his life, he felt that the other half of his work, which focused on educational reform, was equally important, but incomplete and not nearly as successful.  He intended to use The Unfinished Symphony to provide an overview of the work in education reform yet to be done. Unfortunately and ironically, the only part of that fifth volume of his memoir that survived was the introduction, from which this passage is taken.  The photo depicts a much younger Baron at his desk in Paris circa 1903.

“But Olympism is only part of my life's work, approximately half in fact. Consequently my educational ‘symphony’ consists of a part that is complete and another that is still unfinished. Quite naturally, it is with the latter that I am going to deal in the pages that follow.”