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Foreign Observations About Hungary and Its Language

U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

”There is no more illustrious history than the history of the Magyar nation... The whole world is indebted to Magyarland for its historic deeds.”

Marzio Galeotto and Antonio Bonfini, 15th c. Italian humanists

”All peoples of Europe envy Hungarians the territory of the Carpathian Basin, the riches that are here, therefore they are surrounded by hatred. In Hungary the soil is the richest, the blessing of fish plentiful, there are great quanitites of bread-grain, and the wine is outstanding.”

Giuseppe Mezzofanti, Italian linguist (1774-1849)

”Do you know which language I place before all the others, in the same category as Latin and Greek, due to its constructive ability and rhythmic harmony?  Hungarian...” 

George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, political activist (1856-1950)

”After studying the Hungarian language for years, I can confidently conclude that had Hungarian been my mother tongue, it would have been more precious.  Simply because through this extraordinary, ancient and powerful language it is possible to describe the tiniest differences and the most secretive tremors of emotions.”

St. Padre Pio, Italian Capuchin priest, stigmatist, born Franceso Forgione (1887-1958)

”Hungary is a birdcage from which a gorgeous bird will take wing.  Much suffering still awaits them, but in all of Europe they will have unparelled glory.  I envy the Hungarians, because through them great happiness will spread over humanity.  Few nations have such a powerful guardian angel as do the Hungarians, and it would certainly behoove them to ask him more intently for his effective protection over their country.”



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