Coubertin Quote for Feb, 01
Excellence in one area creates the desire to be first in everything.

Early in his career, as he began the push to integrate sports into the French education system, Baron Pierre de Coubertin asserted that physical exercise and games would provide benefits for the individual well beyond better conditioning.  He carried this argument forward and developed it throughout his life.  As an idealist, he believed that the disciplines and drive for excellence that lifted Olympians to the pinnacle of international competition would serve them well in all aspects of life.  He fully expected those who achieved greatness on the field of play to rise to the heights of any occupation they chose to follow once their athletic careers were over.  He first published this idea in 1887, at the age of 24, in an article titled English Education that appeared in La Reforme Sociale, a progressive French magazine at the forefront of social change.

For more context, here’s a longer excerpt:

“It has been said that the life of the thinker and that of the athlete are utterly opposed. For my part, I have often seen that those who were the leaders in physical exercises were also leaders in their studies. Their excellence in one area gives them a desire to he first in everything.”