The story is one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together.
You're cultural supremacists to the core. You'll perform your Questionable Activities to help out the poor little piggies, but there isn't a chance in the world you'll notice when they have something to teach you.
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.
A broken clock is right two times a day.
No book, however good, can survive a hostile reading.
I don't hate you, I love you, you're part of myself, you're my heart and when you go it's my heart torn out and carried away--
There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
I stole their future from them; I can only being to repay by seeing what I can learn from their past.
And then he thought: Is this how idiots rationalize their stupidity to themselves?
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.
It's the most charming thing about humans. You are all so sure that the lesser animals are bleeding with envy because they didn't have the good fortune to be born Homo sapiens.
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.
Isn't that what it means to be civilized? That you can wait to get what you want?
Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won
Maybe she couldn't know who she was today. Maybe it was enough to know that she was no longer who she was before.
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.
That was interesting, to find that it wasn't hunger that caused children to become bullies on the street. The bulliness was already in the child, and whatever the stakes were, they would find a way to act as they needed to act. … Intelligence and education, which all these children had, apparently didn't make any important difference in human nature.
So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other.
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.
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.
As long as you keep getting born, it's all right to die sometimes
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given.
Sickness and healing are in every heart; death and deliverance in every hand.
Ender Wiggin isn't a killer. He just wins--thoroughly.
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