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.
Take me home, he said silently to Graff. In my dream you said you loved me. Take me home
A broken clock is right two times a day.
Test can't messure what really matters.
I stole their future from them; I can only being to repay by seeing what I can learn from their past.
Thank God for you, Ender. Thank God.
And then he thought: Is this how idiots rationalize their stupidity to themselves?
The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does not mean that they have passed a threshold of moral maturity. It means that we have.
I taught you everything you know. But I didn't teach you everything I know.
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.
Isn't that what it means to be civilized? That you can wait to get what you want?
The piggies were not to be disturbed-
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.
The essence of training is to allow error without consequence.
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.
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.
If the other fellow can't tell you his story, you can never be sure he isn't trying to kill you.
The only process you've mastered is the process of elimination, and the only reason you've mastered that is because you can do it in the toilet.
As long as you keep getting born, it's all right to die sometimes
When you walk on the face of a world, then forgiveness comes.
If you listen very carefully, you can hear the good fairy come in the night and leave our assignment for tomorrow.
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.
But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart.
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.
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.
There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.
Darkness bound them closer than light.
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.
In a way she actually preferred Peter to other people because of this. He always acted out of intelligent self-interest.
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.
Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.
Bonzo, he pre-cise. He so careful, he piss on a plate and never splash.
It's what I was born for, isn't it? If I don't go, why am I alive?
We have to go. I'm almost happy here.
He is dangerous, he is beautiful, I could drown in his understanding.
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.
Mazer, i don't want to keep dreaming these things. I'm afraid to sleep. I keep thinking of things i don't want to remember. My whole life keeps playing out as if i were a recorder and someone else wanted to watch the most terrible parts of my life
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.
He loved her, as you can only love someone who is an echo of yourself at your time of deepest sorrow.
Ender Wiggin isn't a killer. He just wins--thoroughly.
Nature can't evolve a species that hasn't the will to survive. Individuals might be bred to sacrifice themselves, but the race as a whole can never cease to exist.
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
I carry the seeds of death within me and plant them wherever I linger long enough to love.
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.
No book, however good, can survive a hostile reading.
Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender.
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--
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.
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.
We're the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, but we eat the little bastards alive.
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