May 31

I see the athletes of the future taking the oath before the Games, each upon the flag of their own country … solemnly affirming that they have always been loyal and honorable in sport, and will approach the Olympic contests in a spirit of loyalty and honor.

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May 30

The Games were established for the glorification of the individual champion, whose exploits are needed to maintain general eagerness and ambition.

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May 29

The coming generation will see exceptional thinkers who are also athletes.

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May 28

Physical exercise … can help to forge character, strengthen a community, and even, in democratic times, to provide a link between different social classes.

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May 27

O Sport, you are Justice! The perfect equity for which men strive in vain in their social institutions is your constant companion.

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May 26

To sustain and guide you, nourish a triple will: the will to physical joy, the will to unremitting altruism and the will to understand things wholly.

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May 25

In this modern world, so full of powerful possibilities, and yet threatened by so many risks of degeneration, Olympism may be a school of moral nobility and purity … The future depends on you.

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May 24

Regarding the Olympic Games … The idea of their revival was not a passing fancy: it was the logical culmination of a great movement.

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May 23

First of all, there was the universal good humor of the athletes ...

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May 22

I approach this new work in the sports spirit that together we have cultivated, that is to say with the same joy of effort …

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May 21

We are not encroaching upon society's privileges; we are not a technical police council. We are simply the trustees of the Olympic ideal.

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May 20

Sometimes the most physically gifted athletes are eliminated by those … who used greater energy and force of will to achieve their victories.

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May 19

The principle of the Games has now been accepted by all nations.

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May 18

The Hellenic ideal is the most sensible and the most profound of all the ideas that men have striven to put into practice.

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May 17

Sport tends toward excess: more speed, greater height, more strength… always more. That is its drawback, but also its nobility—and its poetry.

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May 16

… radiant with sunlight, exalted by music, framed in the architecture of porticoes … the glittering dream of ancient Olympism … dominated ancient society for many centuries.

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May 15

Every four years the restored Olympic Games must provide a happy and fraternal meeting place for the youth of the world, a place where, gradually, the ignorance of each other in which people live will disappear.

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May 14

Sport produces physical enjoyment … The intoxication of the wave, the gallop, the struggle, or the trapeze is just as strong as conventional drunkenness … It calms the senses not only through fatigue, but through satisfaction, as well.

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May 13

I was advanced in history and especially in Roman history. My mother, who gave me lessons which her tenderness perhaps rendered too easy, possessed these matters on her fingertips.

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May 12

Sport teaches man 'wise rules which will give his effort the maximum intensity without impairing the balance of his health.'

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May 11

Stadiums are being built unwisely all over the place … Almost all the stadiums built in recent years are the result of local and, too often, commercial interests, not Olympic interests at all.

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May 10

Once the athlete stops placing delight in his own efforts above all else … his ideals become tainted.

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May 09

Education must be a preface to life. The man will be free; the child must also be free.  The point is to teach the child to use his freedom and to understand its significance.

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May 08

Of course, athletes know the price of good muscular health and the strength of the contentment that it provides, but it is not enough to create the total joy in which another element plays a part: altruism.

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May 07

Olympism did not reappear within the context of modern civilization in order to play a local or temporary role. The mission entrusted to it is universal and timeless. It is ambitious. It requires all space and all time.

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May 06

Olympism, a doctrine of the fraternity of the body and the mind, and asceticism, a doctrine of the enmity between them ... are destined to clash.

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May 05

We have set our sights on the heights that restored Olympism can and must achieve.

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May 04

Times are still hard, but the dawn now breaking is the dawn of the day after a storm; toward noon, the sky will brighten and the rosy ears of grain will fill the arms of the harvesters once again.

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May 03

Gratitude is among the virtues most easily practiced.  It is also a feeling most easily expressed.

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May 02

The Games bring together 'thousands of young athletes for whom the Olympic laurels constitute the supreme sporting ambition.'

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May 01

I would welcome most warmly an interruption in hostilities in the midst of war between armed opponents, in order to celebrate athletic, fair and courteous (Olympic) Games.

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