Coubertin Quote for Feb, 20
The Olympics bring all nations together … in hopes that these peaceful, courteous confrontations are the best form of internationalism.

In the first Bulletin of the International Olympic Committee, which followed and reported on the successful restoration of the Olympic Games at the Sorbonne in Paris in June of 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin set forth the ultimate goal of the movement he had launched. The paraphrase above expresses the essence of the message below, which clearly states the Olympics are meant to improve relations between all nations.

"The restoration of the Olympic Games, on foundations and under conditions that are in keeping with the needs of modern life, would bring together representatives of the nations of the world every four years. It may be hoped that these peaceful, courteous confrontations are the best form of internationalism."

This is an excerpt from an article titled The Congress of Paris, which appeared in the Bulletin of the International Committee of the Olympic Games in July 1894.