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Pierre de CoubertinSuccess comprises in itself the seeds of its own decline and sport is not spared by this law.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinThe most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinHolding an Olympic Games means evoking history.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinWinning medals wasn’t the point of the Olympics. It’s the participating that counts.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinIn no way can sport be considered a luxury object.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinSport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinRacial distinctions should not play a role in sport.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinThe Olympic Spirit is neither the property of one race nor of one age.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Vince LombardiIf it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

George OrwellSerious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Ernest HemingwayAuto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Paul RodriguezHunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.

—  Paul Rodriguez, 1955-, American comedian

Thomas JeffersonAs to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Vince LombardiFootball is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

John WoodenDefense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Vince LombardiRunning a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach


Latin Quotes

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Citius, Altius, Fortius.

—  Motto of the Olympic Games

     (initially, a motto of Pierre de Coubertin’s school)


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightIf one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Dave BarryHave you noticed that whatever sport you're trying to learn, some earnest person is always telling you to keep your knees bent?

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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Dave BarryThe problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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Dave BarryAuto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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AnonymousIf at first you don't succeed then skydiving definitely isn't for you.

—  Anonymous

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George CarlinSwimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning. That’s just common sense!

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Mitch HedbergI saw a human pyramid once. It was very unnecessary.

—  Mitch Hedberg, 1968-2005, American comedian

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Mitch HedbergThe depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall.

—  Mitch Hedberg, 1968-2005, American comedian

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Dave BarryAlthough golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

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George BurnsI never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Phyllis DillerThe reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

—  Phyllis Diller, 1917 - 2012, American comedian










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