...I'm looking for my place in the world. It sounds
romantic, but it's true.
...I think of working in a foreign country, since I don't have to
carry a family around with me, or leave them here, it's probably
easier this way, too.
...I have two sons. The eldest is seven, the youngest
is five. They're fantastic. It's great watching them and experiencing
their minds opening wider to the world every day.
...I hope that with Hungary joining the European Union the cooperation
between countries will be even tighter. This would not hurt our national
consciousness or national character.
...Most of the people in my immediate surroundings who have spent
a lot of time outside the country are homesick and eventually come
home. If you feel a bind you don't loose it just because you work
in a foreign country.
...There are several reasons why I'm feeling great.
One of them is that I have a bunch of healthy kids and a fantastic
wife. And I like what I'm doing here.
...A building is generally called something. It's a cinema, a church,
a house. This one doesn't have a name. It's called a "multifunctional
hall". That's not a name. What is different from the stadium that
burned down is that it has to serve this new function. There's no
time for tuning, to put things here and there; an event comes in
one door and leaves through the other while the next one's coming
in already. The old one was called a sports stadium, because its
primary function was to host sports events, for which it served well.
We liked the stadium and had a tough decision to make when we decided
to tear the whole thing down. It wasn't an easy decision, but we
had to understand the reasons.
...Here in Hungary there aren't any throw-away houses just yet,
and in our conscience the concept of "house" is not something you
throw away. If we choose the car industry as an analogy, where the
company makes products that somehow don't work quite as well in three
years' time and the owner buys a new one, then if I'm part of a house
producing mechanism which is obviously a good thing businesswise,
but not spiritually. In Europe, but even more so in the United States,
a house is a temporary shell, like clothing, which you outgrow. People
come and go in it, and then it's torn down. Not here. Here they say
a house is the work of a lifetime.
...One project follows another and the only problem
is that you have to invest a lot of energy if you want to get good
commissions, not to mention a bundle of luck.
...The past fifteen years have been positive for me, without doubt.
Things were quite colorful around here, various governments of various
orientations came and went and we had to learn how to relate to a
democracy, it's something that has to be learnt because when it suddenly
happens a fantastic, consolidated civil society doesn't just appear
...The chief entrepreneur and partial investor of the Aréna was
a French company known all over the world, actually the biggest construction
company in the world. What was most enlightening in the whole process
was that there was no pressure.
...What's most important for a father is that his sons find a path
in life that they are happy with, and that they can use to make a
living out of. I feel that my life is an absolutely happy one, even
though if someone would walk in my shoes for a week they'd probably
say I'm crazy. I get to spend most of my time doing what I like,
and that's very-very important.