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

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If he is knocked out of the competition, he encourages his brothers with his words and presence.

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A country can truly call itself sporting when the majority of its people feel a personal need for sport.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. To spread these principles is to build up a strong and more valiant and, above all, more scrupulous and more generous humanity.

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