|"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the
human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze
of the Milky Way. Proportionally the Jew ought hardly be heard of, but he
is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as
any other people, and his commercial impo rtance is extravagantly out of
proportion to the smallness of his bulk.
His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature,
science, art, music, finance, medicine, and obtuse learning are also way out of
proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in
this world in all the ages, and has done it with his hands tied behind him.
He could be vain of himself and be excused for it.
"The Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Persians rose, filled the
planet with sound and splendor, and faded to dream stuff and passed away.
The Greeks and the Romans followed and made a vast noise and they are
gone. Other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time.
But it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.
"The Jew saw them all. Beat them all, and is now what he always was,
exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts,
no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind.
All things are mortal but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he remains."