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"The Olympic Movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life, and includes a possibility to guide this reality toward the great Olympic Idea."

"The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them."

"The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well."

"The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete."

"The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion."

"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."

"Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes."

"Sport must be accessible to working class youth."

"Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort."

"Sport is part of every man and woman's heritage and its absence can never be compensated for."

"Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport."

"The Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age."

"The Olympic Games are the quadrennial celebration of the springtime of humanity."

"The strength of Olympism comes to it from that which is simply human, hence worldwide is its essence."

"The six colours, including the white background, represent the colours of all the world's flags... this is a true international emblem."

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well."

"The important thing is that all stages from adolescent to mature man, work is done to spread the sporting spirit."

"For me sport was a religion... with religious sentiment."

"For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement."

"Olympism is a doctrine of the fraternity between the body and the soul."

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