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“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Ethan Wyeth: I hope you're thirsty."
Gideon Wyeth:"Why?"
Ethan: "Cause your dumb and ugly, but I can do something about thirsty.”
Orson Scott Card
“It's called civilization. Women invented it, and every time you men blow it all to bits, we just invent it again.”
Orson Scott Card, The Folk of the Fringe
“I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly - I'll beat you unfairly first.
- Ender ”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.”
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
“I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not "true" because we're hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. --From the Introduction”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins.”
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
“Remember, the enemy's gate is down.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along―the same person that I am today.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.”
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
“Early to bed and early to rise," Mazer intoned, "makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“You're a monster.
Thanks. Does this mean I get a raise?
No, just a medal. The budget isn't inexhaustable.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“He's not a killer. He just wins... Thoroughly”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“I also remembered that you were beautiful."
"Memory does play tricks on us."
"No. Your face is the same, but I don't remember what beautiful means anymore.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.”
Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Giant
tags: life
“Peter, you're twelve years old. I'm ten. They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”
Orson Scott Card
“Love is finding that the things you like best about yourself are not in you at all, but in the person who completes you”
Orson Scott Card, Sarah
“The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.”
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide
“An enemy, Ender Wiggin," whispered the old man. "I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on I am your teacher.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”
Orson Scott Card, Alvin Journeyman
“I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to problems we haven't seen yet. I want you to try things that no one has ever tried because they're absolutely stupid.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
“Music isn't just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction. It's a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it's joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief.

Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music?

How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?”
Orson Scott Card

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