The Eternal Statesman
Lee Kuan Yew built modern Singapore from scratch. So much of Singapore is Lee Kuan Yew and so much of Lee Kuan Yew is Singapore that it is sometimes difficult to judge where one begins and the other ends. In a sense he was more magician than politician. He had almost nothing special to work with however he managed to forge a incredible nation out of what he was given. The wizard responsible for the spellbinding city.
Few leaders have been so vocal and open at communicating their views and perspective to the public at large. His views might have been controversial and ahead of their time but Lee was nothing if not honest. He as a public figure touched on topics straight up which him bar none would discuss openly. True greatness is seldom found without equal measure of clarity of thought and eloquence of speech.
Lee once said that the worth of a man's contribution to society can only be objectively measured after his lifetime. Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions were evident long before then. In creating a successful Singapore he devoted his whole life. First among equals, his legacy and legend can only grow as one of the greatest leaders of the last century.
“For the first time in human history, the Buddha admonished, entreated and appealed to people not to hurt a living being, and it is not necessary to offer prayer, praise or sacrifice to gods.
With all the eloquence at his command the Buddha vehemently proclaimed that gods are also in dire need of salvation themselves.”
— Thomas William Rhys Davids
“The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives”
“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans.”
— Gene Roddenberry
“If you want to know whether you are destined to be a success or a failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and it is infallible: Are you able to save money? If not, drop out. You will lose. You may think not, but you will lose as sure as you live. The seed of success is not in you.”
— James J. Hill
“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell
“It is a child of my own and bids fair to be one of the most important (colonies) and at the same time one of the least expensive and troublesome which we possess. Our object is not territory but trade: a great commercial emporium”
— Sir Stamford Raffles
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”
— Ibn Battuta
“For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”
— Don McLean