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.
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.
Human beings may be miserable specimens, in the main, but we can learn, and, through learning, become decent people.
Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won
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.
Maybe she couldn't know who she was today. Maybe it was enough to know that she was no longer who she was before.
I have hope for you, if only because you're the only one left to hope for.
So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other.
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.
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.
I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse.
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given.
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.
Sickness and healing are in every heart; death and deliverance in every hand.
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.
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