QUOTABLE NOTRE DAME
Edited by Jim Langford and Jill Langford
Here, for the first time ever, is a compendium of quotations about Notre Dame, drawn from its 170 years in existence and guaranteed to enlighten inspire, motivate
and entertain. Here are the best quotes from Presidents, professors, priests, students and sports stars, past and present, from one liners to short vignettes, all of which combine to enhance our understanding of this special place and its loyal sons and daughters. Categories included are History, Academics, Student Life, Athletics, and
Spirit and Spirituality.
“If the vision of this institution is special and unique, it is because we cherish faith and values. Absent or present both of them, education and life are different.”
--Fr. Theodore Hesburgh C.S.C
“There will come times in the lives of all of us, when we’ll be faced with causes bigger than ourselves and they won’t be on a playing field. If they want to see the goodness and love of life of this generation, the commitment to decency and a better future, let them come here to Notre Dame.”
--President Ronald Reagan
“... there is something here, something about the place, something within the landscape itself, that transcends the human, that sustains the promise and the legacy, that suggests the smile of God.”
--Kerry Temple ‘74
“ Boys, there seems to be considerable dispute as to which part of the team is more important—the line or the backfield. I believe in settling such disputes in democratic fashion. So we’ll take a vote on it. The line wins, seven votes to four. And don’t you backs ever forget it
“The pride and tradition of Notre Dame football will not be left to the weak, the timid or the non-committed.” Coach Brian Kelly
Jim Langford is Director Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Press and author of The Spirit of Notre Dame; Jill Langford ‘80, is Assistant Development Director, Logan Community Resources, South Bend, IN.