Orson Scott Card

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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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on fighting, honor, justice, and life

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.

Orson Scott Card

Source: Ender's Game

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on change, learning, mind, and order

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

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on capitalism, garden, plants, and unemployment

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on assumptions, disease, enemies, force, leadership, men, mind, order, stupidity, and understanding

Whether he likes it or not, [he] cannot remain incognito forever. He has outraged too many wise men and pleased too many fools to hide behind his too-appropriate order to assume leadership of the forces of stupidity he has marshalled, or his enemies will unmask him in order to better understand the disease that has produced such a warped and twisted mind.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on acting, desires, dreams, environment, god, good, honor, justice, order, punishment, society, and time

Even if there's no such thing as free will, we have to treat each other as if there were free will in order to live together in society. Because otherwise, every time somebody does something terrible, you can't punish him, because he can't help it, because his genes or his environment or God made him do it, and every time somebody does something good, you can't honour him because he was a puppet, too. If you think that everybody around you is a puppet why bother talking to them at all? Why even try to plan anything or create anything, since everything you plan or create or desire or dream of is just acting out the script your puppeteer built into you.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on choice, control, environment, god, justice, responsibility, soul, and stupidity

The priests say that God created our souls, and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer. If God created our will, then he's responsible for every choice we make. God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on good, humanity, needs, and survival

I'll put it bluntly. Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me - to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on cruelty, drinking, justice, life, stupidity, and water

Ender stepped under the water and rinsed himself, took the sweat of combat and let it run down the drain. All gone, except they recycled it and we'll be drinking Bonzo's blood water in the morning. All the life gone out of it, but his blood just the same, his blood and my sweat, washed down in their stupidity or cruelty or whatever it was that made them let it happen.

Orson Scott Card

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