Coubertin Quote for May, 27
O Sport, you are Justice! The perfect equity for which men strive in vain in their social institutions is your constant companion.Share
This is the third time in this series of daily quotes that we have returned to ‘Ode to Sport,’ the gold medal winning poem that Baron Pierre de Coubertin wrote for the Arts & Culture competition at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. Written under the dual pseudonym of Georges Hohrod and M. Eschbach, the poem provided a lyrical interpretation of the many qualities that sport possesses and bestows upon humanity. From the Baron’s perspective, sport offered a just arena for competition in a world where justice often seemed illusive.
“O Sport, you are Justice! The perfect equity for which men strive in vain in their social institutions is your constant companion. No one can jump a centimeter higher than the height he can jump, nor run a minute longer than the length he can run. The limits of his success are determined solely by his own physical and moral strength.”