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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.
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Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
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I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it - Orson Scott Card Quotes
I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it
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Ender Wiggin must believe that no matter what happens, no adult will ever, ever step in to help him in any way.
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The education that prepared me was my general education classes, which I tried to avoid when I was a stupid undergraduate, but which gave me the foundation of general knowledge that makes a career as a writer possible.
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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.
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There was no doubt now in Ender's mind. There was no help for him. Whatever he faced, now and forever, no one would save him from it. Peter might be scum, but Peter had been right, always right; the power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can't kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.
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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.
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What else should you be? Human beings didn't evolve brains in order to lie around on lakes. Killing's the first thing we learned. And a good thing we did, or we'd be dead, and the tigers would own the earth.
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We're like the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, then eat the little brats alive. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
We're like the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, then eat the little brats alive.
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There is more good writing and good acting in any ten minutes of Twister than in, say, all of Citizen Kane.
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Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
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There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you. And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you
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One judge is coughing his life out into bloody handkerchiefs and the other is burying his wife, and you think this is how God answers your prayers?
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Be proud, Bonito, pretty boy. You can go home and tell your father, Yes, I beat up Ender Wiggin, who was barely ten years old, and I was thirteen. And I had only six of my friends to help me, and somehow we managed to defeat him, even though he was naked and wet and alone--Ender Wiggin is so dangerous and terrifying it was all we could do not to bring two hundred.
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Ender didn't like fighting. He didn't like Peter's kind, the strong against the weak, and he didn't like his own kind either, the smart against the stupid.
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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.
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Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.
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Madness, and then illumination. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Madness, and then illumination.
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I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
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Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.
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There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
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The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.
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Every day people judge all other people. The question is whether they judge wisely. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
Every day people judge all other people. The question is whether they judge wisely.
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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.
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If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.
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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.
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We don't read novels to have an experience like life. Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.
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Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books. But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear.
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There's a sort of rage a man feels when he's been deceived where he most trusted. It compares to no other anger.
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No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman.
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It is in the turmoil of chaos that we discover what, if anything, we are. - Orson Scott Card Quotes
It is in the turmoil of chaos that we discover what, if anything, we are.
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I fell into playwriting accidentally, took some classes in it, and also took creative writing classes, but I really didn't expect it to be a career because I didn't believe there was a way to make money as a playwright without being lucky and I didn't feel particularly lucky.
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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.
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Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.
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She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good.
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because if you can’t kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.
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Do the gods of different nations talk to each other?...Is there some annual get-together where they compare each other's worshippers? Mine will bow their faces to the floor and trace woodgrain lines for me, says one. Mine will sacrifice animals, says another. Mine will kill anyone who insults me, says a third. Here is the question I think of most often: "Are there any who can honestly boast, My worshippers obey my good laws, and treat each other kindly, and live simple generous lives?
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You can't change what you don't understand.
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No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing.
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Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
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You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.
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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?
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It's called civilization. Women invented it, and every time you men blow it all to bits, we just invent it again.
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Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.
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Apparently the Dutch now prided themselves on being better at queues than the English, which was absurd, because standing cheerfully in line was the English national sport.
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Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.
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The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending-the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending.
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All is going well, very well, I couldn’t ask for anything better— So why do I hate my life?
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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.
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That's what so many people didn't understand about life. The real world is the one within the walls of homes; the outside world, of careers and politics and money and fame, that was the fake world, where nothing lasted, and things were real only to the extent they harmed or helped people inside their homes.
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I've seen Australia and I've lived on an asteroid and I'd take the asteroid.
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An eye for an eye? How Christian of you.' Unbelievers always want other people to act like Christians.
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There's no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don't, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn't like it just doesn't hang out with them.
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Faith doesn't mean you never doubt. It only means you never act upon your doubts.
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To reach out to you when I'm in need, and to try to be here for you when you need me back. And to feel such tenderness when I look at you that I want to stand between you and all the world: and yet also to lift you up and carry you above the strong currents of life; and at the same time, I would be glad to stand always like this, at a distance, watching you, the beauty of you.
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Early to bed and early to rise," Mazer intoned, "makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes.
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This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?
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Valentine had long ago observed that in a society that expected chastity and fidelity, like Lusitania, the adolescents who controlled and channeled their youthful passions were the ones who grew up to be both strong and civilized. Adolescents in such a community who were either too weak to control themselves or too contemptuous of society's norms to try usually ended up being either sheep or wolves- either mindless members of the herd or predators who took what they could and gave nothing.
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Bean could see the hunger in their eyes. Not the regular hunger, for food, but the real hunger, the deep hunger, for family, for love, for belonging.
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Unfortunately, we live in a time when the media are almost a monoculture.
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Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.
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When there aren't any smart decisions, I suppose you just have to pick the stupid decision you like best.
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I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.
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Once you have the gallows, you'll find new reasons to hang people from it.
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In order to learn, one must change one's mind.
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I taught you everything you know. But I didn't teach you everything I know.
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Human beings may be miserable specimens, in the main, but we can learn, and, through learning, become decent people.
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I hope I am remembered by my children as a good father.
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Ender stepped under the water and rinsed himself, took the sweat of combat and let it run down the drain. All gone, except they recycled it and we'll be drinking Bonzo's blood water in the morning. All the life gone out of it, but his blood just the same, his blood and my sweat, washed down in their stupidity or cruelty or whatever it was that made them let it happen.
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The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell.
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So from then on, he looked at all his choices and said, What would a good person do, and then did it. But he has now learned something very important about human nature. If you spend your whole life pretending to be good, then you are indistinguishable from a good person. Relentless hypocrisy eventually becomes the truth.
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Writing sessions can last an hour or sixteen hours, depending on how it's going.
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Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.
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In philosophy class I think we finally decided that 'good' is an infinitely recursive term - it can't be defined except in terms of itself. Good is good because it's better than bad, though why it's better to be good than bad depends on how you define good, and on and on.
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