Olympic Quotes for the Week
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part . . . The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
- Pierre de Coubertin, Olympic Ideals in Crisis; Awake! magazine, September 8, 2000.
- Note: Coubertin believed that engaging in wholesome competition could build good character, foster sound judgment, and promote upright conduct. He even spoke of a ‘religion of sport.’ The Olympics, he felt, could teach people to live in peace.
Nothing of all the ceremonies seems to create such an impression as the Flame which comes from Olympia . . . It links the Games about to be held with the religious expression sanctified over the centuries.
- History of the Olympic Games, by Xenophon L. Messinesi.
I think that once people feel it’s important to the nation that they should have a lot of medals or whatever it is, I think I’d rather shelve the competitions they are pointless.
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he termed “deplorable” reports that one government would hold an inquiry because its athletes did not win enough medals. The Olympics—Where Are They Headed?; Awake! magazine, February 8, 1977.
All courtesy of Wikiquotes.