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By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I know that you are wise. When you hear a true story, there is a part of you that responds to it regardless of art, regardless of evidence…You believe that the story is true, because you responded to it from that sense of truth deep within you. But that sense of truth does not respond to a story's factuality...[rather] to a story's causality - whether it faithfully shows the way the universe functions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Folks always seemed to think that as long as they didn't know about something bad, it wasn't happening, so whoever told them actually caused it to be true.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Scott Card

That's why he hates you, because you didn't suffer when he tried to punish you.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

If only we could have talked to you, the hive-queen said in Ender's words. But since it could not be, we ask only this: that you remember us, not as enemies, but as a tragic sisters, changed into foul shape by fate or God or evolution. If we had kissed, it would have been the miracle to make us human in each other's eyes. Instead we killed each other. But still we welcome you now as guestfriends. Come into our home, daughters of Earth; dwell in our tunnels, harvest our fields; what we cannot do, you are now our hands to do for us. Blossom, trees; ripen, fields; be warm for them, suns; be fertile for them, planets: they are our adopted daughters, and they have come home.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

In my dreams," said Ender, "I'm never sure whether I'm really me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

A person is what he says and does; that's how you learn whether his reputation was earned or manufactured.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Sometimes lies are more dependable than the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

A character is what he does, yes - but even more, a character is what he means to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I know everything I need to know already," Rigg always said... To which Father always replied,"See how ignorant you are? You don't even know why you need to know the things you don't know yet." "So tell me," said Rigg. "I would but you're too ignorant to understand the reasons why your ignorance is a fatal disease.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

a lot of human behavior was really acting out our responses to dangers long past.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

You can't write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp. You do have to break it up into smaller chunks. But those smaller chunks aren't good old familiar short stories. Novels aren't built out of short stories. They are built out of scenes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Others find humanity by looking in their own hearts. Only lost souls need to search for it outside themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Valentine went back to class without answering. 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 danger, no invasion could ever threaten the human race with annihilation. "The most noble title any child can have," Demosthenes wrote, "is Third.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Orson Scott Card

—No me digas «No, Ender». He tardado mucho tiempo en darme cuenta de ello, pero créeme, me odiaba, me odio. Y todo se reduce a esto: en el momento en el que entiendo a mi enemigo, en el momento en el que le entiendo lo suficientemente bien como para derrotarle, entonces, en ese preciso instante, también le quiero. Creo que es imposible entender realmente a alguien, saber lo que quiere, saber lo que cree, y no amarle como se ama a sí mismo. Y entonces, en ese preciso momento, cuando le quiero... —Le vences. —No, no lo entiendes. Le destruyo. Hasta que le resulta imposible volver a hacerme daño. Lo trituro más y más hasta que no existe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Intellectual understanding does not always bring visceral belief.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Sister Carlotta, I'm on a leave of absence right now. That means I've been sacked, in case you don't understand how the I.F. handles these things.” "Sacked! A miscarriage of justice. You ought to be shot.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Those eyes had seen people weep, and had cared, and had hurt them again anyway. It’s a look that no human eyes should ever have.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Todo es una ficción, de todas formas. Hacemos lo que hacemos y luego inventamos las razones, pero nunca son las razones verdaderas. La verdad está siempre fuera de nuestro alcance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Once you duct-tape a Ziploc bag to a man's chest, there's no going back.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

[It] was written and sold. I knew it was a strong story because I cared about it and believed in it. I had no idea that it would have the effect it had on the audience. While most people ignored it, of course, and continue to live full and happy lives without reading it or anything else by me, there was still a surprisingly large group who responded to the story with some fervency.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Nobody ever completely means what they say. Even when they think they're telling the truth, there's always something hidden behind their words.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

In America, film is the highest form of art that the public aspires to. People will come to me and say ‘Oh, your book was so good, they ought to make a movie out of it!’ To which I reply ‘Well, why? It’s already a book.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

How clever of me. I have found such a pathway into hell that I can never get back out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I've had your tears with mine, and you've had mine with yours. I think that's more intimate even than a kiss.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

The worst thing about the fantasies of the mentally ill is that they're so damned consistent. They never let up. They never give you any rest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

In a way, being a Mormon prepares you to deal with science fiction, because we live simultaneously in two very different cultures. The result is that we all know what it's like to be strangers in a strange land. It's not just a coincidence that there are so many effective Mormon science fiction writers. We don't regard being an alien as an alien experience. But it also means that we're not surprised when people don't understand what we're saying or what we think.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Stories are invented as you go along...

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Even the most introverted person alive is constantly hungry for human association

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

He had brought no possessions with him; he would take none away. There were none to have--everything of value was in the school computer or his own head and hands.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Orson Scott Card

When a brother is given the right to pass into the third life as a father, then he chooses his greatest rival or his truest friend to give him passage. You. Speaker—ever since I first learned Stark and read The Hive Queen and the Hegemon, I waited for you. I said many times to my father, Rooter, of all humans he is the one who will understand us. Then Rooter told me when your starship came, that it was you and the hive queen aboard that ship, and I knew then that you had come to give me passage, if only I did well." "You did well, Human.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

The great forces of history were real, after a fashion. But when you examined them closely, those great forces always came down to the dreams and hungers and judgments of individuals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Come into our home, daughters of Earth; dwell in our tunnels, harvest our fields; what we cannot do, you are now our hands to do for us. Blossom, trees; ripen, fields; be warm for them, suns; be fertile for them, planets: they are our adopted daughters, and they have come home.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

For the first time, Ender had found a living mind he could admire.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I don't believe that there are aliens. I believe there are really different people.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Of course they accused Marcão of having done it without provocation—that’s the way of torturers of every age, to put the blame on the victim, especially when he strikes back.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Good people can't out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can't think of.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

If he was a good man, how could he leave me? So he must not be a good man. But if he isn't good, then why does it hurt so much to lose him?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

And yet.. even if you had been right, it would only have been by accident. A broken clock is right two times a day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

As a species, we have evolved to survive. And the way we do it is by straining and straining and, at last, every few generaitons, giving brith to genius. The one who invents the wheel. And light. And flight. The one who builds a city, a nation, an empire...I'll put it bluntly. Human beings are free excpet when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me - to find out what you're good for.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Never believe a rumor of my death,' said Peter. 'I have as many lives as a cat. Also as many teeth, as many claws, and the same cheery, cooperative disposition.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations. But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Never take another human being to the third life, because we don't know how to go.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

He didn't feel that way about anybody. 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 and lying in bed boo-hooing doesn't help much with that.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Where loyalty bound creatures together, they became something larger, something new and whole and inexplicable.