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Orson Scott Card Quote: “Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Here are our failures, and here is our greatness; we did not mean to hurt you, and we forgive you for our death.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You will learn to defeat the enemy.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I’ve had your tears with mine, and you’ve had mine with yours. I think that’s more intimate even than a kiss.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Human beings didn’t evolve brains in order to lie around on lakes. Killing’s the first thing we learned.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “People are never fair, even when they try to be... and few are the ones who try.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I’ve had enough adventures,” said Noxon, “to know that boredom is the closest thing to happiness. Boredom means that there’s nothing wrong. You’re not hungry, you’re not in pain. Nobody’s making any demands on you. Your mind is free to think whatever you want. The only thing that makes boredom unpleasant is if you’re impatient for something else to happen.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “A rustic setting always suggests fantasy; to suggest science fiction, you need sheet metal and plastic. You need rivets.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “No system works well unless good people do their jobs with integrity, and then almost any system works well enough.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “One of Ender’s toonmates shook his head. “You dumb as a thumb.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “All education is self-education,” said Noxon. “And all self-education builds on the foundation provided by your teachers.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The priests say that God created our souls, and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer. If God created our will, then he’s responsible for every choice we make.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Who would I be, if other good souls did not make up for my shortcomings?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If desire did not dim the brain, nobody would ever get married, drunk, or fat.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Characters, as most writers understand, are truly developed through their relationships with others.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I merely observe that all living things are manipulated. As long as there is a will, it is bent and twisted constantly. Only the dead are allowed the luxury of freedom, and then only because they want nothing, and therefore can’t be thwarted.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You get all the pleasures of the puppeteer.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “To have a choice at all is to be free – even when the choice is between two terrible things.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “And enough for me that when my hand touched your shoulder, you leaned on me; and when you felt me slip away, you called my name.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “A regime that wraps itself in the flag of truth fears truth most of all, for if its story is falsified to the slightest degree, its authority is gone.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “There is no harder job than parenting. There is no human relationship with such potential for great achievement and awful destructiveness, and despite all the experts who write about it, no one has the slightest idea whether any decision will be right or best or even not-horrible for any particular child. It is a job that simply cannot be done right.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Rumors are the sauce of a dry life.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “A real god doesn’t care about control. A real god already has control of everything that needs controlling. Real gods would want to teach you how to be just like them.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I spend all my time thinking things through. It’s acting on my thoughts that gets tricky. Which ones should I act on, and which ones should I ignore?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “That is the tragedy of language, my friend. Those who know each other only through symbolic representations are forced to imagine each other. And because their imagination is imperfect, they are often wrong.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The enemy’s gate was down.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It’s simple. Nothing exists except in relation to something else.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I know because I was also broken as a child and forced to become a wicked conniving selfish manipulating monster in order to protect the fragile love-hungry girl who would have been destroyed by the life I had to lead.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “They also knew that Ender trusted them to do as they judged best when he gave them no orders.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It was not right, thought Han Fei-tzu, for his wife to die before him: her ancestor-of-the-heart had outlived her husband. Besides, wives should live longer than husbands. Women were more complete inside themselves. They were also better at living in their children. They were never as solitary as a man alone.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “While you’re governing the colony and I’m writing political philosophy, They’ll never guess that in the darkness of night we sneak into each other’s room and play checkers and have pillow fights.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If you lay a hand on me I’ll ram your testicles so far up inside your abdomen it’ll take a heart surgeon to get them out.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “When have you ever seen someone who had no doubts who was also correct about anything?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Mine mine mine. That was the curse and power of human beings – that what they saw and loved they had to have. They could share it with other people but only if they conceived of those people as being somehow their own. What we own is ours. What you own should also be ours. In fact, you own nothing, if we want it. Because you are nothing. We are the real people, you are only posing as people in order to try to deprive us of what God means us to have.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Maybe knowing about craziness means you don’t have to fall for it.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Debased men, but they all had something in common: They showed a keen regard for virtue, and tried to dress themselves in that costume. Hypocrisy, for all its bad reputation, at least showed a decent respect for goodness.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “My favourite all-time work of fiction: Lord of the Rings. My favourite all-time nonfiction book: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Ask me again next week, you’ll get a different answer.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I buy way too many books.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Remember, I’m the only person her who’s paid to be nice to you. But not too nice. Give me any lip and I’ll break your face. OK?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Who was more cursed, the one who died, unknowing until the very moment of his death, or the one who watched his destruction as it approached, step by step, for days and weeks and years?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Don’t we all manipulate people? Even if we openly ask them to make a choice, don’t we try to frame it so they’ll choose as we think they should?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “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.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “A man without a wife and babies is a menace to civilization... One bachelor is an irritation. Ten thousand bachelors are a war.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “When you have faith in something a lot of other people believe then you a member of the church” said Ceas, “When you have faith in something nobody believes, then you a complete wacko.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “One judge is coughing his life out into bloody handkerchiefs and the other is burying his wife, and you think this is how God answers your prayers?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If you could make them feel as you can make me feel, then perhaps they could forgive you.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Ender had come to feel a unity so strong that the word “we” came to his lips much more easily than “I.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Running was the way he dreamed. Having never been in control of his life, his idea of freedom was simply to break free. He dreamed of being at the mercy of the wind, carried aloft and blown here and there, a life of true randomness instead of always being part of someone else’s purpose.”
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