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.
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.
This is what historians usually do, quibble about cause and effect when the point is, there are times when the world is in flux and the right voice in the right place can move the world. Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin, for instance. Bismark. Lenin.
I taught you everything you know. But I didn't teach you everything I know.
Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won
Bonzo, he pre-cise. He so careful, he piss on a plate and never splash.
We have to go. I'm almost happy here.
I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it's due, so that defeat is not disgrace. And I hope I don't have to do it often.
So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other.
Ender understood more than she said. Manipulation of gravity was one thing; deception by the officers was another; but the most important message was this: the adults are the enemy, not the other armies. They do not tell us the truth.
We need a Napoleon. An Alexander. Except that Napoleon lost in the end, and Alexander flamed out and died young. We need a Julius Caesar, except that he made himself a dictator, and died for it.
If the other fellow can't tell you his story, you can never be sure he isn't trying to kill you.
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given.
Ender Wiggin isn't a killer. He just wins--thoroughly.
We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe, until we met you, but never did we dream that thought could arise from the lonely animals who cannot dream each other's dreams
If you listen very carefully, you can hear the good fairy come in the night and leave our assignment for tomorrow.
Take me home, he said silently to Graff. In my dream you said you loved me. Take me home
He could see Bonzo's anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad. Ender's anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo's was hot, and so it used him.
Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender.
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.
Thank God for you, Ender. Thank God.
He couldn't go into his army's barracks -- he had long since learned that the best commanders stay away unless they have some reason to visit. The boys have to have a chance to be at peace, at rest, without someone listening, to favor or despise them depending on the way they talk, and act, and think.
We're the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, but we eat the little bastards alive.
In a way she actually preferred Peter to other people because of this. He always acted out of intelligent self-interest.
Thank you for this, Peter. For dry eyes and silent weeping. You taught me how to hide anything i felt. More than ever, i need that now.
Human beings may be miserable specimens, in the main, but we can learn, and, through learning, become decent people.
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.
It's what I was born for, isn't it? If I don't go, why am I alive?
The essence of training is to allow error without consequence.
I have hope for you, if only because you're the only one left to hope for.
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