Category Archives: Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is an American author, critic, public speaker, essayist, columnist, and political activist. He writes in several genres, but is primarily known for his science fiction. His novel Ender’s Game (1985) and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (1986) both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win both of American science fiction’s top prizes in consecutive years.

Ender Wiggins

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“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. And then, in that very moment when I love them -”

“You beat them.” For a moment she was not afraid of his understanding.

“No, you don’t understand. I destroy them. I make it impossible for them to ever hurt me again. I grind them and grind them until they don’t exist.”

Ender & Valentine

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“I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.”

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Colonel Graff: You have a habit of upsetting your commander.

Ender Wiggin: I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me, sir.

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Mazer Rackham: There is no teacher but the enemy. Only he will tell you where you are weak, where he is strong.

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“All right,” Ender gasped. “You win.”
The man’s knee thrust painfully downward. “Since when,” ask the man, his voice soft and rasping, “do you have to tell the enemy when he has won?”

  • Ch. 14: Ender’s Teacher

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“I am your enemy, the first one you’ve ever had who was smarter than you. 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 ow to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells 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. I am your enemy from now on. From now I am your teacher.”

  • Ch. 14: Ender’s Teacher

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“Remember, boy. From now on the enemy is more clever than you. From now on the enemy is stronger than you. From now on you are always about to lose.”
The old man’s face grew serious again. “You will be about to lose, Ender, but you will win. You will learn to defeat the enemy. He will teach you how.”

  • Ch. 14: Ender’s Teacher

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“Ender Wiggin isn’t a killer. He just wins—thoroughly.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

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So he believed. Believed, but the seed of doubt was there, and it stayed, and every now and then sent out a little root. It changed everything, to have that seed growing. It made Ender listen more carefully to what people meant, instead of what they said. It made him wise.
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“The highest beings of all are the ones who are willing to pay any personal cost for the good of those who need them.”
― Orson Scott Card
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Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be. ~Valentine
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Colonel Graff: We won! That’s all that matters.

Ender Wiggin: No. The *way* we win matters.

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Colonel Graff: Tell me why you kept on kicking him. You had already won.

Ender Wiggin: Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they’d leave me alone.

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“I think that most of us, anyway, 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. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. –From the Introduction”
Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

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Ender Wiggin: I need to find out if I’m as gifted at peace as I am at war. They’ve awarded me the rank of Admiral and left me to my own devices, which suits me fine. I’ll travel the universe and carry with me a precious cargo. Because I have a promise to keep.
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 “So the whole war is because we can’t talk to each other.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“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, Ender’s Game
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“I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it’s due, so that defeat is not disgrace. And I hope I don’t have to do it often.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“We have to go. I’m almost happy here.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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Ender Wiggin: Sir, you made them hate me

Colonel Graff: I told them you were the best, we need a Julius Caesar, a Napoleon.

Major Gwen Anderson: We were hoping that would be you.

Ender Wiggin: Caesar was assassinated by the people he trusted.

Major Gwen Anderson: And Napoleon lost in the end.

Colonel Graff: Not before he conquered the known world… dismissed!

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Petra Arkanian: At least you don’t have any bad habits.

Ender Wiggin: I don’t have any good ones either.

Petra Arkanian: I’ll give you those.

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Bean: The enemy’s gate is down.

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Major Gwen Anderson: After you had already won, why did you continue to hit him? Did you enjoy it?

Ender Wiggin: Knocking him down was the first fight, I wanted to win all the others, so they’d leave me alone.

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Colonel Graff: Don’t threaten me boy, I’m not the enemy.

Ender Wiggin: I’m not so sure. I don’t want to play this game any more. I quit.

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Colonel Graff: Let’s see how he handles rejection.

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“I’m crazy,” said Ender. “But I think I’m OK.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“I taught you everything you know. But I didn’t teach you everything I know.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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Mazer Rackham: You will have to win this war one battle at a time.
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“The highest beings of all are the ones who are willing to pay any personal cost for the good of those who need them.” ― Orson Scott Card
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“The story itself, the true story, is the one that the audience members create in their minds, guided and shaped by my text, but then transformed, elucidated, expanded, edited, and clarified by their own experience, their own desires, their own hopes and fears.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“The story is one that you and I will construct together in your memory. If the story means anything to you at all, then when you remember it afterward, think of it, not as something I created, but rather as something that we made together. ”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“We’re all trying to decide whether your scores up there are a miracle or a mistake.”

“A habit. ”

― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“All is going well, very well, I couldn’t ask for anything better—
So why do I hate my life?”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“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, Ender’s Game
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“there were crimes and quarrels, alongside kindness and cooperation; there were people who loved each other and people who did not; it was a human world.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“If the other fellow can’t tell you his story, you can never be sure he isn’t trying to kill you.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“Any decent person who knows what warfare is can never go into battle with a whole heart.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“I didn’t want to hurt him!” Ender cried. “Why didn’t he just leave me alone!”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“That’s the problem with winning right from the start, thought Ender. you lose friends.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“…it’s so easy, when you never meet people, when you never know the Earth itself… it’s easy to forget why Earth is worth saving. Why the world of people might be worth the price you pay.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“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, Ender’s Game
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“He had so much damn respect he wanted to scream.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“Every time, I’ve won because I could understand the way my enemy thought. From what they did. I could tell what they thought I was doing, how they wanted the battle to take shape. And I played off of that. I’m very good at that. Understanding how other people think. – Ender Wiggin”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“Ender mentally added him to his private list of people who also qualified as human beings.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“I’ll become exactly the tool you want me to be, said Ender silently, but at least I wont be fooled into it. I’ll do it because I choose to, not because you tricked me, you sly bastard.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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“Keep this in mind – it only works because what’s between you, that’s real, that’s what matters. Billions of those connections between human beings. That’s what you’re fighting to keep alive.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
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Mythic Truth

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“I think that most of us, anyway, 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. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. ”
— Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game)