“I have spent my life, so much of it, building up this country. There’s nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.” – Lee Kuan Yew
Here is a man who bore such love for his country, who cared so dearly for its people and who took such pride in its independence, that he was willing to devote a great part of his life to raising it up. Had he at some despairing moment during the war let himself fall to the hoax of an exultant shore, or chosen at a juncture of quiet comfort to rest there forever and leave matters of the country to chance, or even, having taken up office and realizing the arduousness of bringing up a vernal nation, retreated to the back-end of the cabin, Singapore might never be as it is now.
Here is a man who has risen above the masses; for he who strives passionately for himself is great, but he who strives passionately for others is greater.