Top 410 Quotes & Sayings by Singaporean Authors

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One of the dreams on my wish list is to spend more time in Thailand.
The world is a diverse place. Nobody has a monopoly on virtue or wisdom.
I believe the processes of good governance have gone astray. Specifically there is an erosion of transparency, independence and accountability. — © Tan Cheng Bock
I believe the processes of good governance have gone astray. Specifically there is an erosion of transparency, independence and accountability.
We must always strive for greater heights at the town council level to continue building the public's confidence in alternate political leaders.
When you are in the public eye, in the name of public service, you have to understand that the more people know about you, and the more people say they want to support you, the more you have to work even harder to uphold that trust.
I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.
There are so many surprises in my life; I don't take anything for granted. I enjoy every experience that comes; I don't think too far ahead.
Families represent the basic building blocks of our society, and primary care a foundational piece of any healthcare system.
There are potential safety gaps that need to be considered and improvements which need to be made. I hope that these can be swiftly and thoughtfully instituted with the professionalism the SAF is known for, so that Singaporeans can rest easy knowing our military women and men are operationally ready to keep Singapore safe and secure at all times.
I was only a village doctor with a rebellious streak.
Music is just a really fun hobby that I do, because I'm actually really good about writing songs and producing. People don't realize this, but I am an excellent writer for artists.
'China rich' is the new 'crazy rich.' It's a new level of outrageousness. It comes from this world where overnight fortunes have been made, but the fortunes are so ginormous compared to anything we've ever seen in the history of the world.
You don't want to be in a relationship with someone who's scared of you. — © Tila Tequila
You don't want to be in a relationship with someone who's scared of you.
You don't have to go and criticize your opponents, how bad they are and so on. It is a contest of ideas. I got my ideas, you got your ideas right. We will let Singaporeans decide.
I grew up with a posh English accent, and all my aunts sounded as if they came out of a Merchant Ivory movie.
An unelected opposition in Parliament cannot change the PAP. GE 2011 and the Government's response to shift to the left proved that.
I hope to encourage younger Singaporeans not to be so fearful.
I think that is what the electorate is looking for - they are not looking for a pretty face to lead the country. They are looking for someone who can give them hope, who can promise them change and who can tell them this is your hands and you have the ownership of how you want to steer the country forward.
How the PAP chooses to conduct its politics is something for the PAP to decide. The public are equally entitled to respond as they deem fit - within the remit of the law - and at the ballot box.
You have to have an idea of what you need to do, what needs to be fixed, what can be improved, what we should now imagine together which we didn't previously imagine. And having thought of it, decide to go it. And that's the government's role.
Maybe Americans feel they don't need the rest of the world anymore, and they wish it would go away. We don't have that option.
There's always been this tradition of satirizing these rich groups of people.
I tend to do things without my parents' permission.
We know India is very focussed on black money; it is a very high-focus subject and we have been very careful to make sure the investments into India are legitimate. There is no 'round-tripping' or hot money or bad money being funnelled through Singapore.
I try my best to squeeze in a simple exercise routine whenever I can - even though this is proving to be more challenging than I expect.
Every family is a crazy family.
I hope to develop our relationship with the Trump administration and with the United States. It's a very sound relationship that's based on the basic strategic congruence of views about the world, about the region.
While I am skeptical about the long term viability of one-party dominant political systems, I have great admiration for Deng Xiaopeng and the reforms he set China on after 1979.
When my first novel, 'Crazy Rich Asians,' was published in 2013, many readers were astonished to learn that in Asia, there were women who dressed in couture from morning till night.
Any of us who wants to go to Parliament must have that responsibility to represent the people who voted us in.
Freedom of choice and free speech without fear must be defended.
Whatever initiatives we launch, we must always put the interests of Singaporeans and Singapore first.
Writers often say that characters begin to write themselves, and I never used to believe that. I always thought that was complete hogwash.
If I convince myself that I'm going contest in West Coast, I will go. It doesn't matter who else comes because that's your belief.
Hollywood is a whole other level of crazy. I've never met so many assistants who have assistants. It's a stratified society on its own.
I love romantic comedies more than anything.
In Singapore, there may be 50 old-money families, but you wouldn't know them to look at them.
The most important thing for Singapore is stability. — © Tan Cheng Bock
The most important thing for Singapore is stability.
For trade to grow, India must make a strategic decision that you want to encourage interdependence and more openness and more trade-based economy.
I believe in giving everybody a chance to join our party. Over time, we realized that some joined expecting what the party can do for them... We want the people, when they come and join the PSP, to do something for the country and not for themselves.
Such huge money has been made in China - it can be hundreds of millions in a year - and there's a need to validate it by showing what they can buy and how much of it.
Singaporeans generally feel more secure these days. One of our tasks is to remind them that this, a result of a continuing act of will and an appropriate sense of insecurity, is very helpful.
I want to work closely with the government but it doesn't mean I become so weak and just toe the government line.
I began my career as a medical doctor in Ama Keng, a poor village in Lim Chu Kang. The people I cared for were ordinary Singaporeans. They were simple people who despite their hard work, had barely enough for themselves.
If we have no foreign workers, our economy suffers; our own lives suffer.
The French have a very deep knowledge of Islam in many areas, and we can exchange views.
If you've got no base, it's very difficult to function as an MP. You cannot be a 'virtual' MP, you must be a proper one.
I live in New York, but I still get the village gossip. My apartment is a crash pad for so many Singaporean cousins and friends. — © Kevin Kwan
I live in New York, but I still get the village gossip. My apartment is a crash pad for so many Singaporean cousins and friends.
I'm already 80 years old and I always say I want people to get into the House to really experience what it's like in the House.
We do have to watch to see how the foreign workers and immigrants are fitting in with our community, and you have to watch them mix so that you don't overbalance the numbers or the tone of our society.
If we did not have a sense of who we were, how we got here, why we want to achieve something - which, on the face of it, on the logic of it, is probably not worth trying - and prove that logic wrong, then you wouldn't succeed; then you would just evaporate.
I hope that people who might speak out respectfully and out of concern would not get mobbed or bullied for their differing views.
My fans and people who know of my character want to see me become more successful.
We have developed our own approach towards rehabilitating people, involving psychological rehabilitation, social rehab within families and of our Religious Rehabilitation Group.
I'm prepared to mentor any political group, even PAP chaps can come to me, I'll still mentor them. Because the objective must be very clear: you want to train people who will be good MPs. MPs who will think of Singapore first.
You ask yourself what is it you want? You want results or to show you are such a great fighter? For me I would rather make sure I get good results.
I know an elderly society matron in Singapore who would rather walk in the scorching sun for blocks on end rather than have her chauffeur drive into the Central Business District at peak hour and pay the $1.50 surcharge.
If it's of help to my candidates, I would like to go anywhere to give my candidates a boost.
I do believe that peoples' natures can be changed, and they have to be changed if we want to live in this modern world and be a part of it.
'Crazy Rich Asians' may be fiction, but given the situation I grew up in, I've had an unparalleled view into the very real world it depicts.
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