25 Inspiring Lee Kuan Yew Quotes On From Third World To First

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Lee Kuan Yew also spelled as Lee Kwan Yew 李光耀 is known as a very successful politician, born in Singapore, Mr.Lee successfully turned Singapore from a third world to first world. The other 2 non western countries that managed to reach developed status are Taiwan and South Korea, but both are still behind Singapore in term of Human Development Index (HDI) and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).

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Long story short, LKY was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. He is also widely recognized as the founding father of modern Singapore. His son Lee Hsien Loong is the current Prime Minister of Singapore and Mr.Lee Kwan Yew is the Minister Mentor. Without further ado, here are 15 Prime Minister Lee’s quotes. As of 20th March 2015, Lee Kuan Yew is on his 7th week critically ill lying on the hospital bed, rumors has it that he is on his death bed and dying. Update: Lee Kuan Yew passed away on the 23rd of March.

What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.

Every person, genius or moron, has a right to reproduce himself. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
Every person, genius or moron, has a right to reproduce himself.

I wish I can meet my wife in the hereafter, but I don’t think I will. I just cease to exist just as she has ceased to exist. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
I wish I can meet my wife in the hereafter, but I don’t think I will. I just cease to exist just as she has ceased to exist.

I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it’s a grave mistake. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it’s a grave mistake.

Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards.

I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course.

I always tried to be correct, not politically correct. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
I always tried to be correct, not politically correct.

If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.

I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.

Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.

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. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
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.

One man one vote is a most difficult form of government... Results can be erratic. singapore prime minister lee kwan yew dead death quotes 李光耀 lee hsien loong lee wei ling lky RIP rest in peace instagram facebook twitter youtube
One man one vote is a most difficult form of government… Results can be erratic.

I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
I was a product of the times, the war, the occupation, the reoccupation, my 4 years in Britain, admiring but at the same time questioning whether they are able to do a better job than we can.

If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you're putting yourself out of business. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
If you deprive yourself of outsourcing and your competitors do not, you’re putting yourself out of business.

Singaporeans, if I can chose an analogy, we are the hard disk of a computer, the foreign talent are the megabytes you add to your storage capacity. So your computer never hangs because you got enormous storage capacity. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
Singaporeans, if I can chose an analogy, we are the hard disk of a computer, the foreign talent are the megabytes you add to your storage capacity. So your computer never hangs because you got enormous storage capacity.

You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you'll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again... Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again…

Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.  Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
Political reform need not go hand in hand with economic liberalisation. I do not believe that if you are libertarian, full of diverse opinions, full of competing ideas in the market place, full of sound and fury, therefore you will succeed.

If you can't force or are unwilling to force your people to follow you, with or without threats, you are not a leader.  Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
If you can’t force or are unwilling to force your people to follow you, with or without threats, you are not a leader.

I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind - an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
I ignore polling as a method of government. I think that shows a certain weakness of mind – an inability to chart a course whichever way the wind blows, whichever way the media encourages the people to go, you follow.

If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.

With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries...What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
With few exceptions, democracy has not brought good government to new developing countries…What Asians value may not necessarily be what Americans or Europeans value. Westerners value the freedoms and liberties of the individual.

Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
Even from my sick bed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up.

I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn't be here today. Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today.

I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.  Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
I make no apologies that the PAP is the Government and the Government is the PAP.

Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.  Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
Freedom of the press, freedom of the news media, must be subordinated to the overriding needs of the integrity of Singapore, and to the primacy of purpose of an elected government.

I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that's the most unlikely thing ever to have been... Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been…

When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.  Lee Kuan Yew Quotes lee kwan yew singapore prime minister book best inspirational tumblr quotes instagram
Repression can only go up to a point. When it becomes too acute, the instruments of repression, namely the army and the police, have been proved time and time again in history to have turned their guns on their masters.

Books By Lee Kuan Yew

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  • From Third World to First: The Singapore Story
  • From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew, Vol. 2
  • The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew
  • The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew
  • Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going
  • My Lifelong Challenge Singapore’s Bilingual Journey
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    Abdullah Sani [ Reply ]

    He is a great man.

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