Coubertin Quote for Feb, 28
The combination of confidence and wariness, daring and prudence, enthusiasm and self-control (are) … the foundations of proper human balance … achieved through sport.

As a pioneering proponent of the value of sport in education-and sport in general-Baron Pierre de Coubertin was constantly exploring the impact and benefits of sport on the individual life. As he wrote and spoke about the rewards and value of sport, the idea of balance and proportion became one of his major themes. The paraphrase above is drawn from the full quote below, which was part of a speech on the Educational Use of Athletic Activity, the Baron delivered to the International Bureau of Sports Pedagogy in November of 1928.

"In sports... the combination of confidence and wariness, daring and prudence, and enthusiasm and self-control so necessary for success are achieved. These are, as it were, the foundations of proper human balance."