"...The heroic figures of human culture were born not in the comfortable affluence of tranquil centuries; they were not needed. Geniuses thrived within the narrow bounds of time and space, when trouble occurred: when centuries-old convention failed to function any longer.
There was hardly more changeable "weather" in Hungary than at the beginning of this century, when within a few years imperial rule and republic, parliamentarianism and dictatorship, feudalism and industrial revolution, bureaucracy of the gentry and public education, imperial proclamation of war and the march of a foreign army of occupation followed each other at a dazzling speed...
At the beginning of the 20th century, under a changing sky, a great generation of Hungarian scientists arose which made more of a lasting impression on humankind than Brezhnev or Nixon, for which the world learned to respect our country from Los Angeles to Teajon..."
Ottó Titusz Bláthy
Ábrahám Géza Pattantyús
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