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  • Human beings may be miserable specimens, in the main, but we can learn, and, through learning, become decent people.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • 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.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • Maybe she couldn't know who she was today. Maybe it was enough to know that she was no longer who she was before.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Speaker for the Dead")

  • I have hope for you, if only because you're the only one left to hope for.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")


  • So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • With false names, on the right nets, they could be anybody. Old men, middle-aged women, anybody, as long as they were careful about the way they wrote. All that anyone would see were the words, their ideas. Every citizen started equal, on the nets.
    (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")

  • I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • You were faster than me. Better than me. I was too old and cautious. Any decent person who knos waht warfare is can never go into battle with a whole heart. But you didn't know. We made sure youo didn't know. You were reckless and brilliant and young. It's waht you were born for.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • Sickness and healing are in every heart; death and deliverance in every hand.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Speaker for the Dead")

  • I know, you've been here a year, you think these people are normal. Well, they're not. WE'RE not. I look in the library, I call up books on my desk. Old ones, because they won't let us have anything new, but I've got a pretty good idea what children are, and we're not children. Children can lose sometimes, and nobody cares. Children aren't in armies, they aren't COMMANDERS, they don't rule over forty other kids, it's more than anybody can take and not get crazy.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • Take me home, he said silently to Graff. In my dream you said you loved me. Take me home
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Game")

  • A broken clock is right two times a day.
    (Orson Scott Card, "Ender's Shadow")


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