Coubertin Quote for Feb, 09
Olympism is not a system, it is a state of mind. No race or time can hold an exclusive monopoly on it.

As the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games begins tonight, hundreds of millions around the world will watch the festival unfold in awe.

In the shared global experience of the Games, they'll be drawn together in the powerful rituals of the parade of nations, the raising of the flag, the arrival of the torch relay and the lighting of the cauldron--and they'll be entertained by the cultural performance of their South Korean hosts.

Witnessing this extraordinary celebration of humanity, people everywhere will be filled with hope as the finest young athletes from 92 nations stand together in their noble dreams. The future will seem brighter; the possibilities of a world united in friendship and peace will seem to be within reach. Tonight, the watching world will enter a beautiful state of mind that Baron Pierre de Coubertin called Olympism.

"Olympism is not a system, it is a state of mind. The most widely divergent approaches can be accommodated in it, and no race or time can hold an exclusive monopoly on it."

This quote appears in Coubertin's Olympic Letter IV: Olympism as a State of Mind, which he published in 1918.