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.
When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore.
Aristotle compiled the first known comprehensive list of all winners of the Olympic Games. Which means that quite probably he was sat in a bar with Plato, muttering 'Go on then, give me any year you like and I'll tell you who won the four-man bobsleigh.'
I can't remember the last day I didn't train.
Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
I didn't set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.
I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn't in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I'd learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself.
There can be distractions, but if you're isolated from the heart of the Games, the Olympics become just another competition.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth.
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
The Olympic Games are for the world and all nations must be admitted to them.
It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
If you don't try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody's back yard.
The Olympic Games were created for the exhaltation of the individual athlete.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn't be done, all it takes is an imagination.
If you're fail to prepare, you're prepared to fail.
The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.
The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.
The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast program of physical education and sports competitions for all young people.
The six colors, including the white background, represent the colors of all the world's flags ... this is a true international emblem.
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