Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Max Weber (18811961)
The nation is burdened with the heavy curse on those who come afterwards. The generation before us was inspired by an activism and a naive enthusiasm, which we cannot rekindle, because we confront tasks of a different kind from those which our fathers faced.
MAX WEBER, address to convention of the Verein für Socialpolitik, Germany, 1893.Reinhard Bendix, Max Weber, p. 53 (1960).