Quote – The Singapore Story – Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

I thought then that wealth depended mainly on the possession of territory and natural resources, whether fertile land with abundant rainfall for agriculture or forestry, or valuable minerals, or oil and gas. It was only after I had been in office for some years that I recognised that performance varied substantially between the different races in Singapore, and among different categories within the same race. After trying out a number of ways to reduce inequalities and failing, I was gradually forced to conclude that the decisive factors were the people, their natural abilities, education and training. Knowledge and the possession of technology were vital for the creation of wealth.

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Meditations Quote

  1. One example that will strike almost any reader is the sense of mortality that pervades the work. Death is not to be feared, Marcus continually reminds himself. It is a natural process, part of the continual change that forms the world. At other points it is the ultimate consolation. “Soon you will be dead,” Marcus tells himself on a number of occasions, “and none of it will matter” (cf. 4.6, 7.22, 8.2). The emphasis on the vanity and worthlessness of earthly concerns is here linked to the more general idea of transience. All things change or pass away, perish and are forgotten. This is the burden of several of the thought exercises that Marcus sets himself: to think of the court of Augustus (8.31), of the age of Vespasian or Trajan (4.32), the great philosophers and thinkers of the past (6.47)—all now dust and ashes.

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Miscellaneous Quotes

鲁迅说:到了一定年龄 必须扔掉四样东西: 没意义的酒局,不爱你的人 看不起你的亲戚,虚情假义的朋友; 必须拥有四样东西: 扬在脸上的自信,长在心里的善良 融进血液的骨气,刻在生命里的坚强……

Elegant people are to be found in Paris. People of character may exist in the provinces. -Sieyes

“The higher you lift yourself towards the first rank of society,” said Julien to himself, “the more charming manners you find.”


天黑路滑,别太复杂 “相信”是一种最为珍贵的幼稚,它毫无根基可言,但支撑它的是执着盲目的爱。


这里就出现了一个深刻的悖论。本来,人类是为了摆脱粗粝的自然而走向文明的。文明的对立面是荒昧和野蛮,那时的自然似乎与荒昧和野蛮紧紧相连。但是渐渐发现,事情发生了倒转,拥挤的闹市可能更加荒昧,密集的人群可能更加野蛮。 – 文化苦旅

Exploring Enactive Empathy: Actively Responding to and Understanding Others

Full paper: https://www.academia.edu/36551497/Exploring_Enactive_Empathy_Actively_Responding_to_and_Understanding_Others

Daniel D. Hutto

School of Humanities and Social Inquiry Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts University of Wollongong


Alan Jurgens

School of Humanities and Social Inquiry Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts University of Wollongong

‘I’ll teach you differences’ –

King Lear , Act I, Scene IV

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Analects on Humaneness 仁 (rén)

The Master said, “Those who are clever in their words and pretentious in their appearance, yet are humane, are few indeed.” [1.3]


Fan Chi asked about wisdom. The Master said, “Devote yourself to what must rightly be done for the people; respect spiritual beings, while keeping at a distance from them. This may be called wisdom.” He asked about humaneness. The Master said, “One who is humane first does what is difficult and only thereafter concerns himself with success. This may be called humaneness.” (6.20)

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