“The final chord of an inaugural lecture is applause. As far as I’m concerned, it should be addressed not to me, but to you.”
- Inaugural Lecture by Professor of Otology C.W.R.J. Cremers, addressing the final words to his partner. Cremers thanks his wife for her ‘cheerfulness, unconditional commitment, and remarkable creativity.’ He further says: "Together with our three children, I feel privileged to have been chosen by you. In our family, we are both aware of the very happy years we have lived through together, not least thanks to your central role.”
“We need to put our affairs in order. That is what we need to do. So that researchers can do research, physicians can cure, students can study and lecturers can lecture. Then and only then will the sun shine on Heijendaal and shall there be prosperity, a sense of camaraderie, and flags on the façades and friendship in our hearts.”
- Author and lecturer at the Faculty of Law Frans Kusters (1949-2012). Excerpt from a column in ‘s Avonds op het Galgenveld (A night on the Galgenveld), a collection of the columns that Kusters wrote for university magazine KUnieuws. This excerpt is one of the literary landmarks on campus, appearing as it does on the façade of the Lecture Hall Complex.
“The young people of today are the bearers of the University of tomorrow.”
- Dr Paul Sars, Head of Studium Generale and organiser of sessions on the Image and Identity of the Catholic University Nijmegen. Sars later became Secretary of the Executive Board and Professor of Modern Languages and Culture (Arts) (Jeroen Gradener in KUZIEN).
“The department was the last protective layer but one. The last layer consisted of those who stood closer to me still. This layer was shield and refuge, shelter and screen, but above all filled with shoots of love and trust, Madeleine, Clarine, Hadewych, Veerle. For this too, I thank God.”
- Farewell lecture by Professor of Penal and Criminal Procedures G.J.M. Corstens, in which he addresses his final words to his family/home haven.
“You can have an amazing treasure-trove of documentation, but if no one is interested, it’s a worthless treasure.”
- Jan Roes, Director of KDC at the establishment of KDC in 1969, in his inaugural lecture on the occasion of the Lustrum (25 years of KDC) (in alumni magazine KUZIEN).
“I thought science was much harder, but it’s actually quite simple.”
- Attendee of a lecture programme organised by the University, on location in the region (by Studium Generale, comparable to today’s Radboud Reflects) (KUnieuws).
“We do not need a national minorities debate. What we need are concrete initiatives at local and regional level, in which the autochthonous and allochthonous population can work together to develop and try out new practices.”
- Professor of Cultural Psychology V. Welten in a farewell interview (KUnieuws).
“All of this shouting on the part of associations is just part of the deal. They have done nothing else since 1300.”
- Cultural Psychologist Richard Graat on his research into the participation of Nijmegen students in social associations (KUnieuws).
“I’m sure there is a nice film showing in Filmhuis Mariënburg or at the Filmcafé. Or you can choose from one of the sixteen channels on your TV.”
- About the orientation weeks of 1990, part of the alternative programme in addition to the fixed components (ANS; Algemeen Nijmeegs Studentenblad).
“The Executive Board offered its own highly original interpretation of a motion for the abolition of the predicate ‘Catholic’. ‘We do not intend to start a University-wide discussion,’ answered the Board in response to an unasked question on whether Emperor Charles or Saint Radboud should give content to the University’s identity.”
- Johan van de Woestijne, Editor-in-Chief of KUnieuws, in his editorial commentary, September. In the end, it would take another 15 years for the ‘C’ to disappear from the University’s name: since 2004, the University goes by the name of Radboud University Nijmegen, with the ‘Nijmegen’ also slowly disappearing from the name.
“When I read a beautiful poem, I think: Yes, this is how it is. And I also think: How amazingly beautiful. (…) It’s the same as with a scientific discovery: a confrontation with truth. As if the world of beauty is opening its doors to you.”
- Professor in Groningen Rudi van den Hoofdakker, better known under his poet’s pseudonym, Rutger Kopland (KUnieuws).