Coubertin Quote for Nov, 16
As Goethe said: ‘Keep firm in the saddle, boys; strike boldly through the mist’ and have no fear. The future is with you.

On January 1, 1933, Baron Pierre de Coubertin turned 70.  Six months later (for some reason), the city of Lausanne honored him in a ceremony at the university.  In good form, the Baron delivered a speech summarizing the legacy of his Olympic career while recalling the endless challenges and obstacles he faced in making the Olympic Games the success they ultimately became.  Quoting Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the brilliant German writer and philosopher whose work the Baron knew and admired, he encouraged his audience to push through any opposition they might face, knowing that the sun would be shining once they passed through the mist. 

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