PDC: I wanted to go to the front lines, but they made me an interpreter. Go figure. Actually, I have always been apolitical and peace-loving. It is why I settled in Switzerland. It is why I revived the Olympics. Life's too short to hate. Even when you're 133.
SI: You've written hundreds of books. But it's a paragraph in Roan d'un Railie that crystallizes your philosophy. You wrote, "Life is fine because struggle is fine: not the bloody struggle, fruit of tyranny and of blood passions, that which maintains ignorance and routine—but the holy struggle of souls seeking truth, light and justice." Monsieur de Coubertin, have you found truth, light and justice?
PDC: Let us say I have found truth and justice. [Produces a cigar from his pocket humidor.] Frankly, I could use a light.