Mr Lee Kuan Yew making a speech
He was the most powerful orator in the history of Singapore. When he spoke, we listened.

“If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society… So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That’s a problem.” – Mr Lee on why graduate women must marry, at the 1983 National Day Rally.

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.” – Mr Lee on love, in Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going.

If I were in charge of Singapore today, I would introduce a baby bonus equal to two years’ worth of the average Singaporean’s salary.” – Mr Lee on Singapore’s baby bonus, in One Man’s View of the World.

 “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 – otherwise the other world would be overpopulated.” – Mr Lee on reuniting with his wife Madam Kwa Gek Choo who died in 2010 at 63 years old, in the afterlife, in One Man’s View of the World.

“I’m not interested in changing either my suit or my car or whatever with every change in fashion. That’s irrelevant. I don’t judge myself or my friends by their fashions. Of course, I don’t approve of people who are sloppy and unnecessarily shabby or dishevelled… But I’m not impressed by a $5,000 or $10,000 Armani suit.” – Mr Lee on luxury fashion, in The Wit & Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew.

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