Orson Scott Card

A Quote by Orson Scott Card on god, control, and love

"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."

Orson Scott Card

Source: Orson Scott Card - Xenocide

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card

The enemy's gate is down (think outside the box).

Orson Scott Card

Source: Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1), Pages: Ender Wiggin in Ender's Game

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on agreement and needs

Well, I'm your man. I'm the bloody bastard you wanted when you had me spawned. I'm your tool, and what difference does it make if I hate the part of me that you most need? What difference does it make that when the little serpents killed me in the game, I agreed with them, and was glad.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on audiences, clarity, desires, existence, experience, fear, guidance, hope, mind, order, reality, and words

This is the essence of the transaction between storyteller and audience. The 'true' story is not the one that exists in my mind; it is certainly not the written words on the bound paper that you hold in your hands. The story in my mind is nothing but a hope; the text of the story is the tool I created in order to try to make that hope a reality. 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

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on facts and thinking

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

Source: The Hive Queen in Xenocide

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on death, fear, hatred, murder, people, secrets, truth, and war

I have too many secrets. For all these years I've been a speaker for the dead, uncovering secrets and helping people to live in the light of truth. Now I no longer tell anyone half of what I know, because if I told the whole truth there would be fear, hatred, brutality, murder, war.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on books, danger, failure, justice, and pain

The danger that keeps me just a little frightened with every book I write, however, is that I'll overreach myself once too often and try to write a story that I'm just plain not talented or skilful enough to write. That's the dilemma every storyteller faces. It is painful to fail. But it is far sadder when a storyteller stops wanting to try.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on cleverness and hell

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

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on agreement, compassion, confession, correction, mistakes, pain, power, time, and words

A strange thing happened then. The Speaker agreed with her that she had made a mistake that night, and she knew when he said the words that it was true, that his judgement was correct. And yet she felt strangely healed, as if simply speaking her mistake were enough to purge some of the pain of it. For the first time, then, she caught a glimpse of what the power of speaking might be. It wasn't a matter of confession, penance, and absolution, like the priests offered. It was something else entirely. Telling the story of who she was, and then realizing that she was no longer the same person. That she had made a mistake, and the mistake had changed her, and now she would not make the mistake again because she had become someone else, someone less afraid, someone more compassionate.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on destruction, doubt, mind, pain, and power

There was no doubt now in Ender's mind. There was no help for him. Whatever he faced, now and forever, no one would save him from it. Peter might be scum, but he had been right, always right; the power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can't kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.

Orson Scott Card

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