Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.

— Orson Scott Card

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I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it


Ender Wiggin must believe that no matter what happens, no adult will ever, ever step in to help him in any way.


The education that prepared me was my general education classes, which I tried to avoid when I was a stupid undergraduate, but which gave me the foundation of general knowledge that makes a career as a writer possible.


I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to problems we haven't seen yet. I want you to try things that no one has ever tried because they're absolutely stupid.


What else should you be? Human beings didn't evolve brains in order to lie around on lakes. Killing's the first thing we learned. And a good thing we did, or we'd be dead, and the tigers would own the earth.


We're like the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, then eat the little brats alive.


Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.


There's only one thing that will make them stop hating you.

And that's being so good at what you do that they can't ignore you


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


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, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.


One judge is coughing his life out into bloody handkerchiefs and the other is burying his wife, and you think this is how God answers your prayers?


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.


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Birthday October 16

I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.


The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes.

They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.


There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.


Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.


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.... I destroy them.


Every day people judge all other people. The question is whether they judge wisely.


If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.


We don't read novels to have an experience like life.

Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.


Changing the world is good for those who want their names in books.

But being happy, that is for those who write their names in the lives of others, and hold the hearts of others as the treasure most dear.


No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman.


There's a sort of rage a man feels when he's been deceived where he most trusted. It compares to no other anger.


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


I fell into playwriting accidentally, took some classes in it, and also took creative writing classes, but I really didn't expect it to be a career because I didn't believe there was a way to make money as a playwright without being lucky and I didn't feel particularly lucky.


Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.


If you try and lose then it isn't your fault.

But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault.


Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.


because if you can’t kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.


She worked her toes into the sand, feeling the tiny delicious pain of the friction of tiny chips of silicon against the tender flesh between her toes. That's life. It hurts, it's dirty, and it feels very, very good.


You can't change what you don't understand.


No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing.


Music isn't just a pleasure, a transient satisfaction.

It's a need, a deep hunger; and when the music is right, it's joy. Love. A foretaste of heaven. A comfort in grief. Is it too much to think that perhaps God speaks to us sometimes through music? How, then, could I be so ungrateful as to refuse the message?


The only people who think children are carefree are the ones who've forgotten their own childhood.


Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.

The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.


It's called civilization. Women invented it, and every time you men blow it all to bits, we just invent it again.


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.


Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible.

A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.


All is going well, very well, I couldn’t ask for anything better— So why do I hate my life?


An eye for an eye? How Christian of you.

' Unbelievers always want other people to act like Christians.


The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending-the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending.


When you really know somebody you can’t hate them.

Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.


That's what so many people didn't understand about life.

The real world is the one within the walls of homes; the outside world, of careers and politics and money and fame, that was the fake world, where nothing lasted, and things were real only to the extent they harmed or helped people inside their homes.


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.


Bean could see the hunger in their eyes.

Not the regular hunger, for food, but the real hunger, the deep hunger, for family, for love, for belonging.


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


Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather a life in which the pain is traded for a worthy price.


I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.


Once you have the gallows, you'll find new reasons to hang people from it.