From: Cool Runnings
Who said it?: Irving “Irv” Blitzer
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the American comedy Cool Runnings. The film is based on a true story of the first Jamaican bobsledding team, which is strange in itself as the country isn’t known for snow, and their journey to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The quote comes near the conclusion of the film. Derice Bannock (played by Leon Robinson) asks his coach, disgraced Olympic gold medalist Irving “Irv” Blitzer (played by John Candy) why he resorted to cheating, especially when he already had fame and fortune. Irv tries to explain that he had to keep on winning because that was his whole life. Derice can’t still understand, so Irv then delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: If you make it your sole purpose in life to just accumulate material items, wealth and fame, you’ll never be satisfied with your lot in life as you’ll always want more. Sometimes, you have to just be happy and content with what you have.
One thought on ““A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you’re not enough without it, you’ll never be enough with it.””
I like this phrase, too, Every time my band students stuck to winning contests and had quarrel with each other, I told them to enjoy music first of all by telling them this phrase. Now I want to tell the good losers of England National Rugby team this phrase!