|One day after ministering to the wants of his dear Indians while gazing over the pretty lake on the shores of which he stood in admiration, a thought flashed to his mind that such a beautiful spot should be secured for God. What a delightful spot for an orphan's asylum and a college! Instantly he resolved to buy it. "How well inspired," said he later to Father Sorin, "I was when I entered these 525 acres."|
"Prior to the coming of Fr. Badin the place seems consecrated to religion, being known to Indian Converts and a few Catholic settlers of the surrounding country as St. Mary of the Lake."
-- Notre Dame Scholastic, 9:401 (26 February 1876).
Few American colleges can rival its layout, none its trees . . . Of all the things to look at around Notre Dame I think I like the trees the best . . . I seldom look at that island without thinking how lovely its redbud trees look from the Grotto lawn in the spring."
Sometimes in mid-May or late September there comes a day suitable for framing. The campus is so lovely that you realize that God would enroll at Notre Dame, if he could afford it.
-- Edward Fischer, "All Those Yesterdays,"
Generations of Notre Dame men have trod the paths around the lakes. . . . Many a future has been planned on these paths, many an urgent problem solved.
-- 1924-25 Undergraduate Manual, p. 29
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