Pierre de Coubertin was a renowned French historian and educator. He was the founder of ‘International Olympics’ and is considered as the ‘Father of Olympic Games’. He was born in a French Aristocratic family and showed interest in knowing and studying wide range of topics. Besides the varied subjects that he studied, he was keenly interested in history and education and his focus was primarily on physical education. He worked religiously to get physical education included in the curriculum of French schools. In 1890, he met English instructor William Penny Brookes, who had started the ‘British Olympic Games’. Coubertin drew inspiration from William and thought of starting this at international level. He too the first step by setting up the ‘International Athletes Congress’ in Paris which was held in the year 1894 and shortly after that the ‘International Olympic Committee’ was formed resulting in ‘Olympic Games’. Pierre de Coubertin’s views and thoughts on sports, life, winning, losing, sportsman-spirit and physical education are very inspiring and motivating. We have gathered a few sayings and quotes by Pierre de Coubertin which are quoted extensively till date.
The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion.
Pierre de Coubertin
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.
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.
Pierre de Coubertin
In our view the Olympic idea involves a strong physical culture supplemented on the one hand by mobility, what is so aptly called 'fair play', and on the other hand by aesthetics, that is the cultivation of what is beautiful and graceful.