Late Singapore Leader Lee Kuan Yew Had Opinions on Everything

Fascinating, true, and much needed points of view on everything


Lee Kuan Yew had a strong opinion about most anything. As he once said, “I have been accused of many things in my life, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind.” Here’s a sampling of his other pronouncements over the decades:

On Singapore

We have created this out of nothingness, from 150 souls in a minor fishing village into the biggest metropolis two degrees north of the equator.

I have had to sing four national anthems: Britain’s “God Save the Queen,” Japan’s “Kimigayo,” Malaysia’s “Negara Ku,” and finally Singapore’s “Majulah Singapura;” such were the political upheavals of the last 60 years.

One arm of my strategy was to make Singapore into an oasis in Southeast Asia, for if we had First World standards, then businessmen and tourists would make us a base for their business and tours of the region.

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Mensajeros alados de Satán

No soy un hombre ordenado, lo acepto.

Hace ocho meses me cambié de apartamento dentro del mismo edificio. Buscaba más privacidad y no estar totalmente frente a la calle. En el momento, confié en el criterio del casero que me dijo: “el apartamento está fumigado,” y no seguí el consejo de mi madre de siempre fumigar antes de meter los muebles.

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Kindergarten Rule #101

Genevieve Angelique, or Genna, is a writer from Green Bay. I met her in Toronto at a writer’s conference. As a mother, she gives us a great piece of advice so that we can instill this attitude in others.

Genevieve Angelique


I’m in line at the movie store, waiting to check-out. A boy I really like is teasing me. It’s ok. We’re picking out a date night movie.

Kindergarten rule #101: Boys who like you, pick on you.

Well, this one must really like me, because he squeezes the soft baby fat underneath my chin. And then, to make sure I understand how much he digs me, pokes my waist and asks me how much I weigh.

In that moment, I become too pudgy for comfort.

I’m sixteen and a size 6.

I realize I want to be smaller.

. . .

I’m sitting in the library with a girlfriend, studying for an upcoming test. My friend has a wispy, ballerina look to her.

“You’re so healthy,” I say, commenting on the fruit she always eats.

She looks me dead in the eyes. “I used to just throw up, but the last time I did, my whole face became covered in blood vessels.”

I try to imagine…

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Picaritas con visa, planificadores revolucionarios, las tetas de Marylin y otras aleatoriedades:

Picaritas con visa, planificadores revolucionarios, las tetas de Marylin y otras aleatoriedades:

Los breves de la semana, o más bien, una serie de aleatoriedades que vomitan mis dedos en el teclado.

Picaritas voladoras:

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Del Día Internacional de la Mujer

Por Bernardo Montes de Oca

Me pregunto si Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburgo, Lucrecia Mott y Alexandra Kollontai se imaginaban que estaría un escritor lleno de insomnio tecleando sobre la igualdad de género en un pequeño país tropical en Centroamérica, 120 años después de que ellas, y muchas otras mujeres, valientemente comenzaran sus esfuerzos por los derechos de la mujer.

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Nuestro tercer hogar: las presas.

Cuesta creer que cuando nos vayamos a morir, habremos pasado dos años enteros de nuestras vidas en algun modo de transporte. También, es iluso pensar que eventualmente la cantidad de automóviles disminuya; es algo imposible a menos de que haya un giro brusco en la tecnología, cultura e infraestructura de transporte que maneja nuestra sociedad. De ahora en adelante, será imposible evitar las presas.

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Successful people say this, not that

It’s interesting to see that countdowns sparking success in us are all around the web and all of them have a factor in common: it’s all in the attitude. I’ve seen individuals with tons of money basically be losers, and the other way around, people with zilch, zero, nothing become the most successful individual around.

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