Man at His Best

How To Use Lee Kuan Yew's Quotes Today

Incorporating a bit of Lee Kuan Yew in your everyday lives.

BY EDITORS | Mar 24, 2016 | Culture

“Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me to the grave, and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up.”—For the closing statement of a highly dedicated call centre operator.

“Repression is a habit that grows. I am told it is like making love—it is always easier the second time!”—For the profile page of a dating app for asexuals.

“If you can’t think because you can’t chew, try a banana.”—To be shouted at random spelling bee contestants.

“If you want to be popular, do not try to be popular all the time.”—Peg this to what Kanye West might say.

“Rest on laurels? I wish I could do that. No, you rest when you’re dead.”—As the boss of a Formula-One-winning team.

“Anybody who decides to take me on needs to put on knuckle dusters. If you think you can hurt me more than I can hurt you, try.”—To be used for a trash-talking session in a wrestling ring.

“I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it’s a grave mistake. You’re attracted by physical characteristics and you will regret it.”—To be said when trying to sell a beat-up Proton Saga.

“I wouldn’t call myself an atheist. I neither deny nor accept that there is a God. So I do not laugh at people who believe in God. But I do not necessarily believe in God.”—Complete this statement with a hearty laugh.

“Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless.”—Say this, at gunpoint, while a street artist is painting a portrait of Machiavelli in your image.

From: Esquire Singapore's May 2015 issue.