Pierre vs. Antoine
By alexismp on août 14, 2004
Pierre de Coubertin, the inventor of the Modern Olympics said "The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete" which is the often used quote in France "L'essentiel est de participer". Although this is probably his most known quote, he must have meant something else! While the French don't share the binary winner/looser paradigm, this is a looser's quote! While you may end up having this though after you loose, image having this as your global state of mind. Quotes have too much power and this one gives people reasons to hide. But as everyone else I fall for quotes, so here's a better one, close to Coubertin's, but better (IMHO) - "The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate" --Antoine de Saint-Exupery.