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Aphorisms by Tan Swie Hian

Selections taken from Tan Swie Hian’s Poems and Short Lines, to be released later this year.

01

A fake will turn old but will never turn real.

A pointed observation of the arts scene abound with counterfeits.


02

Being enlightened young, living old to have the splendour fully expressed in the journey. 

Most sages attain enlightenment around age 30 and live to a ripe old age to walk the talk.


03

Bend to your oars, boatman, bend to your horizon.

A reminder to work hard towards one’s goal


04

The mover and shaker and the slumbering fat cat enter into the new year of the galloping horse exactly at the
same time. 

Regardless of stature or pace, all life cross into the new year at the same time.