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Top 20 Rudy Quotes to Get You Through Hard Times



Rudy Quotes

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger was 5 feet 6 inches and harbored a dream to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football team. He was dyslexic, undersized, and not particularly gifted with the natural athleticism of his teammates. Yet, he would become an inspiration to an entire team, community, and to countless diehard Fighting Irish fans. Rudy’s determination, heart, and commitment to never quitting helped him finally fulfill his dream of playing for the Fighting Irish. And even though he only got on the field for three plays, he became the first player in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates.

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s story is truly inspirational. So inspirational in fact that a movie, appropriately named “Rudy” would eventually be made to account for it. With that being said, to honor the inspiring life lesson’s that Rudy has to teach us about tenacity and success, we decided to publish the best Rudy quotes we could find. May they inspire you to pursue your dreams with the same heart and determination as Rudy.

Best Inspirational Rudy Quotes

Best Rudy Quotes

1. “My whole life, people have been telling me what I could do and couldn’t do. I’ve always listed to ’em, believed in what they said. I don’t wanna do that anymore.” – Rudy, Rudy (film)

2. “Well, you know what my dad always said, ‘Having dreams is what makes life tolerable’.” Pete, Rudy (film)

3. “In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody except yourself.” Fortune, Rudy (film)

4. “I’ve been ready for this my whole life.” Rudy, Rudy (film)

5. “Praying is something we do in our time. The answers come in God’s time.”Father Cavanaugh, Rudy (film)

6. “Who cares what kind of job I did if it doesn’t produce results?” – Rudy, Rudy (film)

7. “I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn’t being played ’cause of my color. I got filled up with a lot of attitude so I quit. Still not a week goes by I don’t regret it. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you.” Fortune, Rudy (film)

8. “We’re gonna go inside, we’re gonna go outside, inside and outside. We’re gonna get ’em on the run boys and once we get ’em on the run we’re gonna keep ’em on the run. And then we’re gonna go go go go go go and we’re not gonna stop until we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is… is good, well I think we’re better than them. They can’t lick us, so what do you say men?” Rudy, Rudy (film)

9. “You were born to wear that jacket.” – Pete, Rudy (film)

10. “Sometimes, a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.” – Rudy (film)

Rudy Quote - Winner is a Dreamer

11. “When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about Rudy” – Rudy (film)

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Rudy Ruettiger Quotes

The first half of our Rudy quotes were pulled directly from the film Rudy. However, these next set of quotes consist of the inspiring words of wisdom uttered by the real life Rudy Ruettiger himself. Enjoy.

12. “When you achieve one dream, dream another. Getting what you want is only a problem if you have nowhere to go next. Dreaming is a lifetime occupation.” – Rudy Ruettiger

13. “Anger is a normal reaction. It is what you do with anger that makes a difference in your life.” – Rudy Ruettiger

14. “Focus on your dream and never quit. It is always too soon to quit. If you quit, you can’t succeed. By achieving your dream you will be an inspiration to others. You will set the example and make an enormous impact on the world.” – Rudy Ruettiger

15. “Football really was my salvation in high school. For some kids it’s art. For some it’s music. For me, it was strapping on those pads, yanking that helmet over my head, and getting out there with the team.” – Rudy Ruettiger

16. “When you have passion and commitment, you don’t need a complex plan. Your plan is your life is your dream.” – Rudy Ruettiger

17. “Quit making excuses. What we’re really talking about here is commitment. Until you make a commitment to your dream, it’s not a commitment at all. It’s just another fantasy. And fantasies don’t come true because they’re not real, we’re not committed to them. When we make commitments, they become dreams. And dreams are very real.” – Rudy Ruettiger

18. “Don’t ever, ever quit. Recognize that stopping now, regrouping to try a new approach isn’t quitting. If you quit you’ll regret it forever.” – Rudy Ruettiger

19. “Keep moving forward, don’t listen to the naysayers, persevere, be persistent.” – Rudy Ruettiger

20. “It is always too soon to quit.” – Rudy Ruettiger


Final Thoughts

There you have it, the most inspirational Rudy Quotes on the web to help get you through hard times. Some of the quotes were pulled directly from the inspiring movie, while others were direct real life quotes from the man himself, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger.

May these quotes inspire within you the tenacity needed to find the success you’re seeking in life.

Till next time,


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