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Orson Scott Card Quote: “Why else do we read fiction, anyway? Not to be impressed by somebody’s dazzling language – or at least I hope that’s not our reason. I think that most of us read these stories that we know are not ‘true’ because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: The mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He is dangerous, he is beautiful, I could drown in his understanding.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Fatherhood to us was an act of passion, soon forgot; but not to Orem ap Avonap. Never guessing that the blond and happy farmer was no blood of his, Orem had taken a part of that simple man into himself and saved it for this time. At any time in the Palace he might run by, Youth on this shoulders or, as time went by, toddling along behind.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Then he was done. He pulled away, rolled onto his back. “I’m sorry,” he said. “You’re welcome,” she said. She believed in answering what people meant, not what they said.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You are the least-alone person I have ever known. Your heart has always included within it everyone who let you love them, and many who did not.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “People love to hear the brag of the local boy, because they want him to be great, but the foreigner must deny that he has any outstanding virtue – this is what will endear him to the locals.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “As he thought of it, though, he could not imagine what “just living” might actually be. He had never done it in his life. But he wanted to do it anyway.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “As for Peter – we didn’t even suggest a meeting, and so he didn’t have a chance to tell us to go to hell.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “These children had never looked death in the face and then chosen to live anyway.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He was much more useful as a name and a story than he would ever be as an inconvenient flesh-and-blood person.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You underestimate yourself.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “When both parties are lying and they both know the other party’s lying, it comes powerful close to being the same thing as telling the truth.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The Lord took twice the time making thee, Alvin Smith, cause it took that long to put the mischief in.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “There is more good writing and good acting in any ten minutes of Twister than in, say, all of Citizen Kane.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Working is hard and distracts from having fun.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “But I’m three times your age or more and my brain is worn out and full up. I don’t have much room to tuck new things square inside; they just cling to the outside for a while and drop off.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It wasn’t so bad being a slave when your owner was yourself and stood up for you.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Perhaps every writer who thoroughly creates a fictional world will inevitably create a mirror of his own time and yet also create a world that no one else but him has ever visited...”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “That night Demosthenes published a scathing denunciation of the population limitation laws. People should be allowed to have as many children as they like, and the surplus population should be sent to other worlds, to spread mankind so far across the galaxy that no disaster, no invasion could ever threaten the human race with annihilation. “The most noble title any child can have,” Demosthenes wrote, “is Third.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “When you really know someone, you can’t hate him.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It was astonishingly light, to hold all the hope and future of a great race within it.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Nights were so real that days began to seem dreamlike to him.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I was born with more power inside myself than I ever dreamed. But along with it there came no more sense than any other idiotic kid. Somewhere along in here I need to grow up into a man I can stand to live with. A man who doesn’t just survive, but deserves to.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It just gripes me hollow, the way God always sneaks in to take the credit.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I always think of books as being like people. Even the dull ones are worthy of decent respect, but you don’t have to seek them out and spend time with them.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Names come and go. They get attached to you, and then you lose them, and they get attached to someone else.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “He was cold and tired, but he ignored the cold. Around him stars shone. Some bright, some dim, the most constant things in life. Segundo smiled up at them, happy at least to be dying among friends.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “This emotion I’m feeling now, this is love, right?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “See how ignorant you are? You don’t even know why you need to know the things you don’t know yet.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I didn’t know how you’d get us out of that last one. But you did. You were good.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Maybe we’re the fools, for thinking we know things. Maybe humans are the only ones who can deal with the fact that nothing can ever be known at all.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Maybe it isn’t based on what you deserve. Maybe it’s based on what you need.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The only true vision comes not from God but from the inmost recesses of the human mind.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “All the stories are fictions. What matters is which fiction you believe.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “It’s called civilization. Women invented it, and every time you men blow it all to bits, we just invent it again.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Even the most introverted person alive is constantly hungry for human association.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Well, how do I know that they don’t know the answer unless I ask?”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time he was right.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Ender began to eat, slowly and carefully, pretending not to notice he was the center of attention.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Maybe she couldn’t know who she was today. Maybe it was enough to know that she was no longer who she was before.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “If you had any brains, you’d be in a real career, like selling life insurance.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “You have to think ahead, the next move, the next move, the next move, to see where it’s all going to lead.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “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.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Ender’s anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo’s was hot, and so it used him.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Until you know that you’re tougher than the enemy, you maneuver, you don’t commit to battle.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “We live in a time when moderates are treated worse than extremists, being punished as if they were more fanatical than the actual fanatics.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “We do what we must to earn our place in the community, but we live for the hours at home. For each other, for the children. It will never get me written up in the history books.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Unless he’s really clever,” said Theresa. “Smarter than us?” said Peter. He and John Paul looked at each other. Then both of them shook their heads, said, “Naw,” and then burst out laughing.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “The commercial work of today is the classics of tomorrow.”
Orson Scott Card Quote: “Besides,” said Rigg-the-killer, “I don’t want to leave the future of the human race on both planets in the tiny little hands of the sentient mice of Odinfold.”
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