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Orson Scott Card Quote: “A character is what he does, yes – but even more, a character is what he means to do.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “My needs are simple and few, thought Valentine. Food. Clothing. A comfortable place to sleep. And no idiots!”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Oops, I thought. Oops is an all-purpose word standing for every bit of profanity, blasphemy, and pornographic and scatological execration I could think of.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If you listen very carefully, you can hear the good fairy come in the night and leave our assignment for tomorrow.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “But my eagerness to sacrifice little children in order to save mankind is wearing thin.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You don’t understand,” he said. “Yes I do.” “No you don’t. I don’t want to beat Peter.” “Then what do you want?” “I want him to love me.” She had no answer. As far as she knew, Peter didn’t love anybody. Ender said nothing more. Just lay there.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don’t, there’s no hope for you.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Panem et Circenses translates into ‘Bread and Circuses.’ The writer was saying that in return for full bellies and entertainment, his people had given up their political responsibilities and therefore their power.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “There’s no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don’t, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn’t like it just doesn’t hang out with them.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It made Ender listen more carefully to what people meant, instead of what they said. It made him wise.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Fairness is a wonderful attribute, Major Anderson. It has nothing to do with war.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He would always speak the language of the heart with an awkward foreign accent.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Today, Mr. Darcy is a vampire.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Quing-Jao: I am a slave to the gods, and I rejoice in it. Jane: A slave who rejoices is a slave indeed.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Let me be loved like that, by a man who will not replace me with concubines when I’m old and ugly. Let me be loved by a man who loves God more than me.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The only teacher that’s worth anything to you is your enemy.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He is dead, she thought bitterly, because we have forgotten him.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I listen to music constantly while writing.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The funny thing was, you see, that Mike Fink didn’t think of himself as a murderer. He thought of life as a contest, and dying was what happened to those who came out second best, but it wasn’t the same as murder, it was a fair fight.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Good people can’t out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can’t think of.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You take a step, then another. That’s the journey. But to take a step with your eyes open is not a journey at all, it’s a remaking of your own mind.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “From now on, as far as you’re concerned, Dink Meeker is God.’ ‘Then who are you?’ ‘The personnel officer who hired God.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “That’s just one of the drawbacks when you love somebody so much greater than yourself, Miro told himself. I’ll never know the difference. She’ll come back and I’ll be happy with all the time we have together and I’ll never know how little time and effort she actually devotes to being with me. A diversion, that’s what I am. Then.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You just live in the place you’re in, you don’t worry about where you used to be or where you wish you were, here is where you are and here’s where you’ve got to find a way to survive.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “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.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Take me home, he said silently to Graff. In my dream you said you loved me. Take me home.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Cuando conoces de verdad a alguien, no puedes odiarle. Tal vez sea que no puedes conocer a nadie de verdad hasta que dejas de odiar.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “No point in getting emotional about anything. Being emotional didn’t help with survival. What mattered was to learn everything, analyze the situation, choose a course of action, and then move boldly. Know, think, choose, do.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “With life. Rooter says that life is how God gives purpose to the universe.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Only a fool closes the door when the wolf is already inside the barn.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He jumped at the Giants face, clambered up his lip and nose, and began to dig in the Giant’s eye.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “But the truth is that no person ever understands another, from beginning to end of life, there is no truth that can be known, only the story we imagine to be true, the story they really believe to be true about themselves; and all of them lies.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That’s life. It hurts, it’s dirty, and it feels very, very good.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Personal humiliation was painful. Humiliation of one’s family was much worse. Humiliation of one’s social status was agony to bear. But humiliation of one’s nation was the most excruciating of human miseries.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “A duel is just two murders who agree to take turns trying to kill each other.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If a pig goes upon the threshing-floor, or a field, or a garden, and the owner of the meadow, or the field, or the garden smites it so that it die, he shall give it back to its owner; but if he does not give it back, he becomes a thief.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The education that prepared me was my general education classes, which I tried to avoid when I was a stupid undergraduate, but which gave me the foundation of general knowledge that makes a career as a writer possible.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Whenever the law gets its hands on you, those who use the law to their own advantage will also turn it against you. Don’t put your trust in the laws of men, Alvin. They were designed by strong men to improve their power over weaker ones.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Our great civilizations are nothing more than social machines to create the ideal female setting, where a woman can count on stability; our legal and moral codes that try to abolish violence and promote permanence of ownership and enforce contracts – those represent the primary female strategy, the taming of the male.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Darkness bound them closer than light.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The bones are hard and by themselves seem dead and stony, but by rooting into and pulling against the skeleton, the rest of the body carries out all the motions of life.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Aw, Poke, you poor, kind, decent, stupid girl. You saved me and I let you down.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Religion is tied to the deepest feelings people have. The love that arises from that stewing pot is the sweetest and strongest, but the hate is the hottest, and the anger is the most violent.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Take what pleasure you can in the interstices of your work, but your work is first, learning is first, winning is everything because without it there is nothing.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You spend your whole life grieving for those who haven’t died yet.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Knowing at the same time that whatever people pretend to be, they become.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy show you where you are weak. Only the enemy shows you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. – Mazer Rackham.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I would follow such beauty, said something inside Ender. I would see as those eyes see.”
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