China cannot pull in the best and brightest from all over the world. It’s an ethnically defined nation, the opposite of an immigrant nation. You don’t see a lot of American engineers trying to be Chinese citizens.
To that movement, consecrated by religious principle, sustained by an awful sense of justice, and cheered by the brightest hopes of future good, all our powers, talents, and attainments are devoted.
All that’s bright must fade, The brightest still the fleetest; All that’s sweet was made But to be lost when sweetest.
You heard on all sides that the brightest Jewish children were turned down if the examining officers did not like the turn of their noses.