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By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Most victories came from instantly exploiting your enemy's stupid mistakes, and not from any particular brilliance in your own plan.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

If there were no goodness in people, mankind would still be confined to loping across a Savannah somewhere on Earth, watching the elephants rule, or some other more compassionate species.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

There is a myth that homosexuals are 'born that way,' and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

It is in the turmoil of chaos that we discover what, if anything, we are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

The selective voluntary blindness of human beings allows them to ignore the moral consequences of their choices. It has been one of the species' most valuable traits, in terms of the survival of any particular human community.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I didn't want to kill them all. I didn't want to kill anybody! I'm not a killer! You didn't want me, you bastards, you wanted Peter, but you made me do it, you tricked me into it!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Do the gods of different nations talk to each other?...Is there some annual get-together where they compare each other's worshippers? Mine will bow their faces to the floor and trace woodgrain lines for me, says one. Mine will sacrifice animals, says another. Mine will kill anyone who insults me, says a third. Here is the question I think of most often: "Are there any who can honestly boast, My worshippers obey my good laws, and treat each other kindly, and live simple generous lives?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Then you're dead, too, sweet little sister.' Oh, yes,' said Valentine. 'They'll believe that. "I didn't know it would kill Andrew. And when he was dead, I didn't know it will kill Valentine too.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Ningún ser humano es indigno cuando se comprenden sus motivos. Ninguna vida deja de merecer la pena. Incluso el más malvado de entre los hombres, si conoces su intimidad, tiene algún acto generoso que le redime de sus pecados, aunque sólo sea un poco generoso.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Alai saw the tears but had the grace not to say so. "They're fartheads, Ender, they won't even let you take anything you own." Ender grinned and didn't cry after all. "Think I should strip and go naked?" Alai laughed, too. On impulse Ender hugged him, tight, almost as if he were Valentine. He even thought of Valentine then and wanted to go home. "I don't want to go," he said. Alai hugged him back. "I understand them, Ender. You are the best of us. Maybe they in a hurry to teach you everything." "They don't want to teach me everything," Ender said. "I wanted to learn what it was like to have a friend." Alai nodded soberly. "Always my friend, always the best of my friends," he said. Then he grinned. "Go slice up the buggers." "Yeah," Ender smiled back. Alai suddenly kissed Ender on the cheek and whispered in his ear, "Salaam.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Stories are invented as you go along...

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

We are only human when we are part of a community. ... I tried to isolate you, but it could not be done. I surrounded you with hostility; you took most of your enemies and rivals and made friends of them. ... You were a part of them; they carried you inside them all their lives.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

The difference between science fiction and fantasy … is simply this: science fiction has rivets and fantasy has trees.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

It was just him and me. He fought with honor. If it weren't for his honor, he and the others would have beaten me together. They might have killed me, then. His sense of honor saved my life. I didn't fight with honor . . . I fought to win.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Orson Scott Card

You get all the pleasures of the puppeteer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

From all wise men, O Lord, protect us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Human beings do metamorphose. They change their identity constantly. However, each new identity thrives on the delusion that it was always in possession of the body it has just conquered.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

we have some good ideas here. But the only way to know if they’re workable is to try to make them fail. If we fail to fail, then maybe we’re on the right track.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Orson Scott Card

You're bigger than I remember," she said stupidly. "You too," he said. "I also remember that you were beautiful." "Memory does play tricks on us." "No. Your face is the same, but I don't remember what beautiful means anymore. Come on. Let's go out into the lake.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

So let me tell you what I think about gods. I think a real god is not going to be so scared or angry that he tries to keep other people down…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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Orson Scott Card

The piggies were not to be disturbed-

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Perversos y retorcidos son los caminos de la mente humana- recitó Jane-. Pinocho fue un idiota intentando convertirse en un niño de verdad. Estaba mucho mejor con su cabeza de madera.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

We need a Napoleon. An Alexander. Except that Napoleon lost in the end, and Alexander flamed out and died young. We need a Julius Caesar, except that he made himself a dictator, and died for it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Any decent person who knows what warfare is can never go into battle with a whole heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

How much time? Not as much as I had yesterday.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I didn't know how you'd get us out of that last one. But you did. You were good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time he was right

By Anonym 14 Sep

Orson Scott Card

That is the earth, he thought. Not a globe thousands of kilometers around, but a forest with a shining lake, a house hidden at the crest of a hill, high in the trees, a grassy slope leading upwards from the water, fish leaping and birds strafing to take the bugs that lived at the border between water and sky. Earth was the constant noise of crickets, and winds, and birds

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

At first he thought he felt bad because he was afraid of leading an army, but it wasn't true. He knew he'd make a good commander. He felt himself wanting to cry. He hadn't cried since the first few days of homesickness after he got here. He tried to put a name on the feeling that put a lump in his throat and made him sob silently, however much he tried to hold it down. He bit down on his hand to stop the feeling, to replace it with pain. It didn't help.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Besides," said Suriyawong. "This was not a rescue operation." "What was it, target practice? Chinese skeet?" "An offer of transportation to an invited guest of the Hegemon," said Suriyawong. "And the loan of a knife." Achilles held up the bloody thing, dangling it from the point. "Yours?" he asked. "Unless you want to clean it," said Suriyawong. Achillese handed it to him. Suriyawong took out his cleaning kit and wiped down the blade, then began to polish it. "You wanted me to die," said Achilles quietly. "I expected you to solve your own problems," said Suriyawong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Ender didn't like fighting. He didn't like Peter's kind, the strong against the weak, and he didn't like his own kind either, the smart against the stupid.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Carn Carby left, and ender mentally added him to his private list of people who also qualified as human beings.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Government is all show when it isn't murder in the dark ... or soldiers in the open.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Working is hard and distracts from having fun.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Ender began to eat, slowly and carefully, pretending not to notice he was the center of attention.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

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.

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 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

We're all trying to decide whether your scores up there are a miracle or a mistake." "A habit.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Orson Scott Card

You're like, both like, Alexander the Great.' We can't both be Alexander.' Well sometimes I think you're two side of the same coin, and I'm the metal in between.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Andrew said you were the best person he ever knew." "He reached that conclusion before he saw me raise three barbarian children to adulthood. I understand your mother has six." "Right." "And you're the oldest." "Yes." "That's too bad. Parents always make their worst mistakes with the oldest children. That's when parents know the least and care the most, so they're more likely to be wrong and also more likely to insist that they're right.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

In order to learn, one must change one's mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Orson Scott Card

Apparently the Dutch now prided themselves on being better at queues than the English, which was absurd, because standing cheerfully in line was the English national sport.