"Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Pierre de Coubertin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Pierre de Coubertin on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Pierre de Coubertin on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Pierre de Coubertin on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Pierre de Coubertin on Abraham Lincoln
"All sports must be treated on the basis of equality."
"May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ages, increasing friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure."
"The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die."
"For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment."
"All sports for all people."