Orson Scott Card

A Quote by Orson Scott Card on audiences, belief, caring, happiness, ideas, life, people, and reading

[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.

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on awards, books, character, control, heart, hope, life, memory, mind, needs, world, and worth

But I hope that in the lives of [the characters], you will find stories worth holding in your memory, perhaps even in your heart. That's the transaction that counts more than best-seller lists, royalty statements, awards, or reviews. Because in the pages of this book, you and I will meet one-on-one, my mind and yours, and you will enter a world of my making and dwell there, not as a character that I control, but as a person with a mind of your own. You will make of my story what you need it to be, if you can. I hope my tale is true enough and flexible enough that you can make it into a world worth living in.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on army, feeling, good, leadership, pain, and thought

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.

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