Quotes by Orson Scott Card

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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. more...

If the Church has no the authority to tell its members that they may not engage in homosexual practices, then it has no authority at all. And if we accept the argument of the hypocrites of homosexuality that their sin is not a sin, we have destroyed ourselves. more...

There is a myth that homosexuals are 'born that way,' and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it. more...

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. more...

Legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples. It's about giving the Left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools. more...

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. more...

Ender's Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984... It will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute. more...

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

Reasonable argument is impossible when authority becomes the arbiter. more...

The world was full of locked doors, and he had to get his hand on every key. more...

The world is always a democracy in times of flux, and the man with the best voice will win. more...

Even the most introverted person alive is constantly hungry for human association more...

The only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge. more...

Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. more...

In a way, being a Mormon prepares you to deal with science fiction, because we live simultaneously in two very different cultures. The result is that we all know what it's like to be strangers in a strange land. It's not just a coincidence that there are so many effective Mormon science fiction writers. We don't regard being an alien as an alien experience. But it also means that we're not surprised when people don't understand what we're saying or what we think. more...

He loved her, as you can only love someone who is an echo of yourself at your time of deepest sorrow. more...

Darkness bound them closer than light. more...

Intellectual understanding does not always bring visceral belief. more...

Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we WERE there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That's the truth - what is, what was, what will be - not what could be, what should have been, what never can be. more...

We need a Napoleon. An Alexander. Except that Napoleon lost in the end, and Alexander flamed out and died young. We need a Julius Caesar, except that he made himself a dictator, and died for it. more...

You killed more people than anybody in history." "Be the best at whatever you do, that's what my mother always told me. more...

This is what historians usually do, quibble about cause and effect when the point is, there are times when the world is in flux and the right voice in the right place can move the world. Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin, for instance. Bismark. Lenin. more...

It's about me, or people wouldn't be so anxious to keep me from knowing about it. The absence of information is information. ~ Ender more...

Nonsense," said Graff. "Ender always has plans within plans. more...

I'm crazy," said Ender. "But I think I'm OK. more...

Nature can't evolve a species that hasn't the will to survive. Individuals might be bred to sacrifice themselves, but the race as a whole can never cease to exist. more...

The most noble title any child can have, Demosthenes wrote, is third. more...

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. more...

So from then on, he looked at all his choices and said, What would a good person do, and then did it. But he has now learned something very important about human nature. If you spend your whole life pretending to be good, then you are indistinguishable from a good person. Relentless hypocrisy eventually becomes the truth. more...

It's easy to manipulate your children when they're absolutely sure you're stupid. more...

Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. more...

With false names, on the right nets, they could be anybody. Old men, middle-aged women, anybody, as long as they were careful about the way they wrote. All that anyone would see were the words, their ideas. Every citizen started equal, on the nets. more...

I have to win this now, and for all time, or I'll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse. more...

That was interesting, to find that it wasn't hunger that caused children to become bullies on the street. The bulliness was already in the child, and whatever the stakes were, they would find a way to act as they needed to act. ... Intelligence and education, which all these children had, apparently didn't make any important difference in human nature. more...

I'm not a liar, sir,' she said. "'No, I'm sure you sincerely become whatever it is you're pretending to be. more...

Maybe she couldn't know who she was today. Maybe it was enough to know that she was no longer who she was before. more...

If the other fellow can't tell you his story, you can never be sure he isn't trying to kill you. more...

He would always speak the language of the heart with an awkward foreign accent. more...

Death is not a tragedy to the one who dies; to have wasted the life before that death, that is the tragedy. more...

The essence of training is to allow error without consequence. more...

Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they've been given. more...

I taught you everything you know. But I didn't teach you everything I know. more...

So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other. more...

You take a step, then another. That's the journey. But to take a step with your eyes open is not a journey at all, it's a remaking of your own mind. more...

If he was a good man, how could he leave me? So he must not be a good man. But if he isn't good, then why does it hurt so much to lose him? more...

The selective voluntary blindness of human beings allows them to ignore the moral consequences of their choices. It has been one of the species' most valuable traits, in terms of the survival of any particular human community. more...

But Father has also taught him: Treat a man as if he had a fine reputation to protect, and he will usually endeavor to deserve it. more...

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. more...

There was no doubt now in Ender's mind. There was no help for him. Whatever he faced, now and forever, no on ewould save him from it. Peter might be scum, but Peter 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. more...

So I want to ask you a hypothetical question. My favorite kind. Next to rhetorical ones. I can nap equally well through either kind. more...

I carry the seeds of death within me and plant them wherever I linger long enough to love. more...

When you walk on the face of a world, then forgiveness comes. more...

Before we are citizens, we are children, and it is as children that we come to understand freedom and authority, liberty and duty. more...

I have hope for you, if only because you're the only one left to hope for. more...

In a way she actually preferred Peter to other people because of this. He always acted out of intelligent self-interest. more...

I stole their future from them; I can only being to repay by seeing what I can learn from their past. more...

If words can be lethal weapons, I must provide them with an arsenal. more...

I don't hate you, I love you, you're part of myself, you're my heart and when you go it's my heart torn out and carried away- more...

He is dangerous, he is beautiful, I could drown in his understanding. more...

To have a choice at all is to be free - even when the choice is between two terrible things. more...

You accomplish exactly as much as the people who serve you decide you'll accomplish and nothing more. more...

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. more...

Isn't it possible, he wondered, for one person to love another without trying to own each other? Or is that buried so deep in our genes that we can never get it out? Territoriality. My wife. My friend. My lover. My outrageous and annoying computer personality who's about to be shut off at the behest of a half-crazy girl with OCD on a planet that I never heard of and how will I live without [her] when she's gone? more...

Peace. That's what salaam means. Peace unto you." The words brought forth an echo from Ender's memory. His mother's voice reading to him softly, when he was very young. ... The kiss, the word, the peace were with him still. I am only what I remember, and Alai is my friend in a memory so intense that they can't tear him out. Like Valentine, the strongest memory of all. more...

The tribe is whatever we believe it is. If we say the tribe is all the Little Ones in the forest, and all the trees, then that is what the tribe is. Even though some of the oldest trees here came from warriors of two different tribes, fallen in battle. We become one tribe because we say we're one tribe." Ender marveled at his mind, this small raman [member of another sentient species]. How few humans were able to grasp this idea, or let it extend beyond the narrow confines of their tribe, their family, their nation. more...

Evil people naturally assume that you will use that power exactly as they would use it. more...

It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead. more...

The most evil creatures dont desire the destruction of everythingthey only desire to exploit it for themselves. more...

I know everything I need to know already," Rigg always said... To which Father always replied,"See how ignorant you are? You don't even know why you need to know the things you don't know yet." "So tell me," said Rigg. "I would but you're too ignorant to understand the reasons why your ignorance is a fatal disease... more...

Human beings do metamorphose. They change their identity constantly. However, each new identity thrives on the delusion that it was always in possession of the body it has just conquered. more...

someone's sent a loving note in lines of returning geese and as the moon fills my western chamber as petals dance over the flowing stream again I think of you the two of us living a sadness apart a hurt that can't be removed yet when my gaze comes down my heart stays up more...

The commercial work of today is the classics of tomorrow. more...

When you hear a true story, there is a part of you that responds to it regardless of art, regardless of evidence. Let it be the most obvious fabrication and you will still believe whatever truth is in it, because you can not deny truth no matter how shabbily it is dressed. more...

I didn't want to see you." "They told me." "I was afraid that I'd still love you." "I hoped that you would. more...

We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe, until we met you, but never did we dream that thought could arise from the lonely animals who cannot dream each other's dreams more...

You were faster than me. Better than me. I was too old and cautious. Any decent person who knos waht warfare is can never go into battle with a whole heart. But you didn't know. We made sure youo didn't know. You were reckless and brilliant and young. It's waht you were born for. more...

For children love is a feeling; for adults, it is a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment. more...

Sister Carlotta, I'm on a leave of absence right now. That means I've been sacked, in case you don't understand how the I.F. handles these things." "Sacked! A miscarriage of justice. You ought to be shot. more...

From all wise men, O Lord, protect us. more...

Withholding a decision is a decision. more...

It is possible to have words come to your mind, and still refrain from speaking them aloud. more...

We're all trying to decide whether your scores up there are a miracle or a mistake." "A habit. more...

She likes us," said Umbo. "I know, I could feel it too," said Rigg. "She's really glad to have us here. I think she loves us like her own children." "Whom she murdered and cut up into the stew." "They were delicious. more...

You want to beat Peter?" she asked "No," he answered "Beat the buggers. Then come home and see who notices Peter Wiggen anymore. Look him in the eye when all the world loves and reveres you. That'll be defeat in his eyes, Ender, thats how you win" "You don't understand" he said "Yes i do" "No you don't. I don't want to beat Peter" "Then what do you want?" "I want him to love me more...

Thank you for this, Peter. For dry eyes and silent weeping. You taught me how to hide anything i felt. More than ever, i need that now. more...

Mazer, i don't want to keep dreaming these things. I'm afraid to sleep. I keep thinking of things i don't want to remember. My whole life keeps playing out as if i were a recorder and someone else wanted to watch the most terrible parts of my life more...

Take me home, he said silently to Graff. In my dream you said you loved me. Take me home more...

Nobody ever completely means what they say. Even when they think they're telling the truth, there's always something hidden behind their words. more...

The univers is statistically more likely to be ironic than not, more...

This is the Speaker for the Dead? Judging someone by appearances?" "Maybe I've fallen in love with Grego." "You've always been a sucker for people who pee on you. more...

I've had your tears with mine, and you've had mine with yours. I think that's more intimate even than a kiss. more...

Everyone dies. Everyone leaves. What matters is the things you build together before they go. What matters is the part of them that continues in you when they're gone. more...

A regime that wraps itself in the flag of truth fears truth most of all, for if its story is falsified to the slightest degree, its authority is gone. more...

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. more...

Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it wouldn't hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when it was going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth. more...

All is going well, very well, I couldn't ask for anything better- So why do I hate my life? more...

Whoop-de-do," said Ram. "What?" "I'm celebrating." "Was that irony or loss of mental function?" asked the expendable. "Was that a rhetorical questions, a bit of humor, or a sign that you are losing confidence in me?" "I have no confidence in you, Ram," said the expendable. "Well, thanks." "You're welcome. more...

Your ego-depletion seems problematically difficult to assuage. more...

Sometimes you have to trust people enough to let them succeed and love them enough to let them fail. more...

Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive." "That's a lie." "No. It's just a half truth. You can worry about the other half after we win this war. more...

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

Only stupid men trying to seem smart need to be with dumb women. Only weak men trying to look strong are attracted to compliant women. more...

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

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

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. more...

He'd undone all he could. You can be sorry, and you can be forgiven, but you can't call back the futures that your bad decisions lost more...

Unfortunately, we live in a time when the media are almost a monoculture. more...

America is an empire that does not wish to be one ; we are easily discouraged from doing what must be done to maintain the global order that allows democracy and prosperity to flourish. more...

I doubt that America will come to Europe again. You'll be on your own against militant Islam. more...

When I write fiction, I create characters whose views are not my own, and I allow them to be eloquent in defense of their, not my, views. more...

Civilisation is only a pretense. In crisis we have become mere apes again, forgetting the rational biped of our pretensions and instead becoming the hairy primate at the mouth of the cave, screeching at the enemy wishing it would go away, fingering the heavy stone we will use the moment it comes close enough more...

Truth, when we are fortunate enough to find it, is like bad-tasting medicine. It rarely comes as a pleasant surprise, because if it surprises us, it means we've been denying it for some time and have a lot of beliefs based on falsehood. It's hard to give up those beliefs. more...

I'm never impossible. The most I ever allow myself is to be somewhat unlikely. more...

People love to hear the brag of the local boy, because they want him to be great, but the foreigner must deny that he has any outstanding virtue - this is what will endear him to the locals. more...

If a pig goes upon the threshing-floor, or a field, or a garden, and the owner of the meadow, or the field, or the garden smites it so that it die, he shall give it back to its owner; but if he does not give it back, he becomes a thief. more...

If anyone have intercourse with a pig or a dog, he shall die. If a man have intercourse with a horse or a mule, there is no punishment. But he shall not approach the king, and shall not become a priest... If a pig spring upon a man for intercourse, there is no punishment. more...

If you read to your kids you'll make readers out of them, partly because they'll associate reading with good parent time. more...

Once you duct-tape a Ziploc bag to a man's chest, there's no going back. more...

When have you ever seen someone who had no doubts who was also correct about anything? more...

Good people can't out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can't think of. more...

Writer's block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I've just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I've already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. Then I can go on. Writer's block is never solved by forcing oneself to "write through it," because you haven't solved the problem that caused your unconscious mind to rebel against the story, so it still won't work - for you or for the reader. more...

That is the earth, he thought. Not a globe thousands of kilometers around, but a forest with a shining lake, a house hidden at the crest of a hill, high in the trees, a grassy slope leading upwards from the water, fish leaping and birds strafing to take the bugs that lived at the border between water and sky. Earth was the constant noise of crickets, and winds, and birds more...

It's all just fictions anyway. We do what we do and then we make up reasons for it afterward but they're never the true reasons, the truth is always just out of reach. more...

But I fear that I also underestimate the stupidity of the rest of mankind. Are we absolutely sure that we ought to win this war? more...

And yet.. even if you had been right, it would only have been by accident. A broken clock is right two times a day. more...

You frighten me, when you say there isn't time." "I don't see why. Christians have been expecting the imminent end of the world for millennia." "But it keeps not ending." "So far, so good. more...

Humans invent an imaginary lover and put that mask over the face of the body in their bed. That is the tragedy of language my friend. Those who know each other only through symbolic representations are forced to imagine each other. And because their imagination is imperfect, they are often wrong. more...

The only teacher that's worth anything to you is your enemy. more...

Quing-Jao: I am a slave to the gods, and I rejoice in it. Jane: A slave who rejoices is a slave indeed. more...

Two sides of the same coin, but which side is which? more...

The criminal misuse of time was pointing out the mistakes. Catching them?noticing them?that was essential. If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement. The part of the man's statement that was true, however, was about the uselessness of speaking up. If I know that the teacher is wrong, and say nothing, then I remain the only one who knows, and that gives me an advantage over those who believe the teacher. more...

Poke gave him life. Ender gave it meaning. more...

Any decent person who knows what warfare is can never go into battle with a whole heart. more...

People above you, they never want to share power with you. Why you look to them? They give you nothing. People below you, you give them hope, you give them respect, they give you power, cause they don't think they have any, so they don't mind giving it up. more...

Do the gods of different nations talk to each other?...Is there some annual get-together where they compare each other's worshippers? Mine will bow their faces to the floor and trace woodgrain lines for me, says one. Mine will sacrifice animals, says another. Mine will kill anyone who insults me, says a third. Here is the question I think of most often: "Are there any who can honestly boast, My worshippers obey my good laws, and treat each other kindly, and live simple generous lives? more...

Once you get a brother, you don't give him up easy. more...

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

What a laugh, though. To think that one human being could ever really know another. You could get used to each other, get so habituated that you could speak their words right along with them, but you never know why other people said what they said or did what they did, because they never even know themselves. Nobody understands anybody. more...

O my son Absalom,' Bean said softly, knowing for the first time the kind of anguish that could tear such words from a man's mouth. 'my son, my son Absalom. Would God I could die for thee, O Absalom, my son. My sons! more...

I've got a pretty good idea what children are, and we're not children. Children can lose sometimes, and nobody cares. more...

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. more...

Aw, Poke, you poor, kind, decent, stupid girl. You saved me and I let you down. more...

a lot of human behavior was really acting out our responses to dangers long past. more...

Thanks from keeping me from being a liar," said Nikolai. "What?" "About your having diarrhea." "For you I'd get dysentery." "Now that's friendship. more...

He walked down the corridor, lined with his soldiers, who looked at him with love, with awe, with trust. Except Bean, who looked at him with anguish. Ender Wiggin was not larger than life, Bean knew. He was exactly life-sized, and so his larger-than-life burden was too much for him. And yet he was bearing it. So far. more...

I want to be the kind of boy you are, thought Bean. But I don't want to go through what you've been through to get there. more...

...the thing with brothers is, you're supposed to take turns being the keeper. Sometimes you get to sit down and be the brother who is kept. more...

I don't freeze up because it isn't my battle. I'm helping. I'm watching. But I'm free. Because it's Ender's game. more...

The Buggers have finally, finally learned that we humans value each and every individual human life... But they've learned this lesson just in time for it to be hopelessly wrong-for we humans do, when the cause is sufficient, spend our own lives. We throw ourselves onto the grenade to save our buddies in the foxhole. We rise out of the trenches and charge the entrenched enemy and die like maggots under a blowtorch. We strap bombs on our bodies and blow ourselves up in the midst of our enemies. We are, when the cause is sufficient, insane. more...

He is dead, she thought bitterly, because we have forgotten him. more...

That's the problem with winning right from the start, thought Ender. you lose friends. more...

Let's fly away and live forever more...

His vices were the vices of his time and culture, but his virtues transcended the milieu of his life. more...

The Lord took twice the time making thee, Alvin Smith, cause it took that long to put the mischief in. more...

I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time he was right more...

From now on, you forget about gravity before you go through that door. The old gravity is gone, erased. Understand me? Whatever your gravity is when you get to the door, remember - the enemy's gate is down. Your feet are toward the enemy's gate. Up is toward your own gate. North is that way, south is that way, east is that way, west is - what way? They pointed. more...

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. more...

Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins. more...

You're not a human being until you value something more than the life of your body. And the greater the thing you live and die for the greater you are. more...

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. more...

The problem with elections is that anybody who wants an office badly enough to run for it probably should' have it. And anybody who does not want an office badly enough to run for it probably should' have it, either. Government office should be received like a child's Christmas present, with surprise and delight. Instead it is usually received like a diploma, an anticlimax that never seems worth the struggle to earn it. more...

When you really know somebody you ca' hate them. Or maybe it's just that you ca' really know them until you stop hating them. more...

But if you caught my informant,' said Achilles, 'why in the world would Chamrajnagar-or Graff, if it was him-launch the shuttle anyway? Was catching me doing something naughty so important they"d risk a shuttle and it's crew just to catch me? I find that quite... flattering. Sort of like winning the Nobel Prize for scariest villain. more...

Is' that what it means to be civilized? That you can wait to get what you want? more...

As history shows us, when colonization is voluntary, people will self-select better than any testing system. It's like those foolish attempts to control immigration to American based on the traits that were deemed desirable, when in fact the only trait that defines Americans historically is "descended from somebody willing to give up everything to live there." Willingness is the single most important test. more...

She likes us," said Umbo. "I know, I could feel it too," said Rigg. "She's really glad to have us here. I think she loves us like her own children." "Whom she murdered and cut up into the stew." "They were delicious. more...

Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it would' hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when it was going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth. more...

All is going well, very well, I could' ask for anything better- So why do I hate my life? more...

Individual human beings are all tools, that the others use to help us all survive." "That's a lie." "No. It's just a half truth. You can worry about the other half after we win this war. more...

because if you ca' kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you. more...

He"d undone all he could. You can be sorry, and you can be forgiven, but you ca' call back the futures that your bad decisions lost more...

I have to win this now, and for all time, or I"ll fight it every day and it will get worse and worse. more...

Writer's block is my unconscious mind telling me that something I"ve just written is either unbelievable or unimportant to me, and I solve it by going back and reinventing some part of what I"ve already written so that when I write it again, it is believable and interesting to me. Then I can go on. Writer's block is never solved by forcing oneself to "write through it," because you have' solved the problem that caused your unconscious mind to rebel against the story, so it still wo' work - for you or for the reader. more...

I also remembered that you were beautiful." "Memory does play tricks on us." "No. Your face is the same, but I don't remember what beautiful means anymore. more...

I am a creature of chemicals. more...

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

Asking a man if he could be trusted was like asking an unwed girl if she was a virgin. The question mattered, but the asking of it was gross insult. more...

I be crazy too, little buddy, but at least when I be craziest, I be floating all alone in space and the crazy, she float out of me, she soak into the walls, and she don't come out till there be battles and little boys bump into the walls and squish out de crazy. more...

It's as if every conversation with a woman was a test, and men always failed it, because they always lacked the key to the code and so they never quite understood what the conversation was really about. more...

A man always assumes that others are as virtuous as himself more...

So you love me," said Petra softly when the kiss ended. I'm a raging mass of hormones thet I'm too young to understand," said Bean. "You're a female of a closely related species. According to all the best primatologists, I really have no choice." That's nice," she said... more...

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. more...

Where ideas are real and reality is shadow. more...

nobody ever wrote to me saying"you know ender's game was a pretty good book, but you know what it really needs a n introduction!".....so be assured the novel stands on its own, and if you skip this intro and go straight to the story, i not only won't stand in your way i'll even agree with you! more...

it was all your genes that made us geniuses, mom. said peter. we sure didn't get any from dad. i heard that. father said, not looking up from the news that was being displayed on the table while he ate it would've been wasted if you hadn't more...

yesterday someone sent a message that was signed GOD! bernard said. really? dap said. i didn't know he was signed onto the system more...

I'm putting you in Dink Meeker's toon. From now on, as far as you're concerned, Dink Meeker is God." "Then who are you?" "The personnel officer who hired God. more...

Sickness and healing are in every heart; death and deliverance in every hand. more...

It will hurt." said Petra. "But let's make the most of what we have, and not let future pain ruin present happiness. more...

For it is in the millions of small melodies that the truth of history is always found, for history only matters because of the effects we see or imagine in the lives of the ordinary people who are caught up in, or give shape to, the great events. more...

We spend our lives guessing at what's going on inside everybody else, and when we happen to get lucky and guess right, we think we 'understand.' Such nonsense. Even a monkey at a computer will type a word every now and then. more...

He could see Bonzo's anger growing hot. Hot anger was bad. Ender's anger was cold, and he could use it. Bonzo's was hot, and so it used him. more...

He kissed her and killed her then dumped her body in the river. more...

Order and disorder', said the speaker, 'they each have their beauty. more...

With life. Rooter says that life is how God gives purpose to the universe. more...

Come into our home, daughters of Earth; dwell in our tunnels, harvest our fields; what we cannot do, you are now our hands to do for us. Blossom, trees; ripen, fields; be warm for them, suns; be fertile for them, planets: they are our adopted daughters, and they have come home. more...

It is easy to say that you can adopt the whole human race as your children, but it is not the same as living in a home with a child and shaping all you do to help him learn to be happy and whole and good. Don't live your life without ever holding a child in your arms, on your lap, in your home, and feeling a child's arms around you and hearing his voice in your ear and seeing his smile, given to you because you put it into your heart. more...

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. more...

If I wanted to doubt, then I could doubt endlessly ... but at some point a person has to stop questioning and act, and at that point you have to trust something to be true. You have to act as if something is true, and so you choose the thing you have the most reason to believe in, you have to live in the world that you have the most hope in. I follow [God], I believe [God], because I want to live in the world that [God] has shown me. more...

You're like, both like, Alexander the Great.' We can't both be Alexander.' Well sometimes I think you're two side of the same coin, and I'm the metal in between. more...

Then you're dead, too, sweet little sister.' Oh, yes,' said Valentine. 'They'll believe that. "I didn't know it would kill Andrew. And when he was dead, I didn't know it will kill Valentine too. more...

It's what I was born for, isn't it? If I don't go, why am I alive? more...

I'm not stupid!" In Bean's experience, that was a sentence never uttered except to prove its own inaccuracy. more...

Sometimes happiness consists of finding the right balance of misery. more...

Faith doesn't mean you never doubt. It only means you never act upon your doubts. more...

Good people aren't good because they never cause harm to others. They're good because they treat others the best way they know how, with the understanding that they have. more...

Ender understood more than she said. Manipulation of gravity was one thing; deception by the officers was another; but the most important message was this: the adults are the enemy, not the other armies. They do not tell us the truth. more...

We have to go. I'm almost happy here. more...

At last he came to a door, with these words in glowing emeralds: THE END OF THE WORLD He did not hesitate. He opened the door and stepped through. more...

No book, however good, can survive a hostile reading. more...

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. more...

I'll have that someday, thought Peter. Someone who'll kiss me good-bye at the door. Or maybe just someone to put a blindfold over my head before they shoot me. Depending on how things turn out. more...

America's intellectual community has never been very bright. Or honest. They're all sheep, following whatever the intellectual fashion of the decade happens to be. Demanding that everyone follow their dicta in lockstep. Everyone has to be open-minded and tolerant of the things they believe, but God forbid they should ever concede, even for a moment, that someone who disagrees with them might have some fingerhold of truth. more...

She remembered the story from her childhood, about Adam and Eve in the garden, and the talking snake. Even as a little girl she had said - to the consternation of her family - What kind of idiot was Eve, to believe a snake? But now she understood, for she had heard the voice of the snake and had watched as a wise and powerful man had fallen under its spell. Eat the fruit and you can have the desires of your heart. It's not evil, it's noble and good. You'll be praised for it. And it's delicious. more...

I'm a Democrat voting for Bush, even though on economic issues, from taxes to government regulation, I'm not happy with the Republican positions. But we're at war, and electing a president who is committed to losing it seems to be the most foolish thing we could do. Personal honesty is also important to me, and Kerry is obviously not in the running on that point, given that he can't keep track of the facts in his own autobiography. more...

[T]he politically correct are above the rules of ordinary civility, once they have identified you as an unbeliever in their religion. more...

And above all, what does being liberal have to do with opposing, or, uh, supporting the war against terror? Our enemies in the war against terror are so anti-liberal that you would think it would be liberals leaping to protect the world from these monstrous ideologies. more...

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. more...

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. more...

Make friends. Be a leader. Kiss butts if you have to, but if the other guys despise you-you know what I mean? more...

It's the teachers, they're the enemy. They get us to fight each other, to hate each other. more...

You want to make me the best soldier possible. Go down and look at the standings. Look at the all-time standings. So far you're doing an excellent job with me. Congratulations. Now when are you going to put me up against a good army? more...

You will learn to defeat the enemy. more...

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

Home is where the people who live there need me to come home to them, and worry about me when I'm gone. There's no such place on this earth, no matter how far I drive. more...

Never mind that the story had turned out to be lies and foolishness-there was always folks stupid enough to say, Where there's smoke there's fire, when the saying should have been, Where there's scandalous lies there's always malicious believers and spreaders-around, regardless of evidence. more...

Don't lie to me! Don't seem so normal when I know you have cut yourself off from me in your heart! If you can put on our affectionate closeness like a mask, then I'll never be able to take joy in it again. more...

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. more...

I always tell the truth about what I'm selling, and then nobody buys it. more...

Don't win loyalty, just obedience, and only while the lash is in the room. more...

You can't answer what I said, so you're going to talk about my saying it. more...

In war, everyone has their chance to bleed. more...

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? more...

I'm right here. This is who I really am. I'm not pretending. more...

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: 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, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn. more...

Like running the hurdles. Work so hard, jump over every one, fast, high enough but no higher, because you can't afford to hang in the air. And then, when the race is over, you're dripping with sweat, either they beat you or you beat them ... and then a couple of guys come out and move the hurdles out of the way. Turns out they were nothing. All that work to jump over them, but now they're gone. more...

I learned to separate the story from the writing, probably the most important thing that any storyteller has to learn-that there are a thousand right ways to tell a story, and ten million wrong ones, and you're a lot more likely to find one of the latter than the former your first time through the tale. more...

Well, how do I know that they don't know the answer unless I ask? more...

I merely observe that all living things are manipulated. As long as there is a will, it is bent and twisted constantly. Only the dead are allowed the luxury of freedom, and then only because they want nothing, and therefore can't be thwarted. more...

. . . All these readers have placed themselves inside this story, not as spectators, but as participants, and so have looked at the world, not with my eyes only, but also with their own. more...

The worst thing about the fantasies of the mentally ill is that they're so damned consistent. They never let up. They never give you any rest. more...

The only way to learn is by changing your mind. more...

Come in, Bean. Come in Julian Delphiki, longed-for child of good and loving parents. Come in, kidnapped child, hostage of fate. Come and talk to the Fates, who are playing such clever little games with your life. more...

There was no name for the disease; his body had gone insane, forgotten the blueprint by which human beings were built. Even now the disease still lives on in his children. Not in our bodies, but in our souls. We exist where normal human children are expected to be; we're even shaped the same. But each of us in our own way has been replaced by an imitation child, shaped out of a twisted, fetid, lipidous goiter that grew out of Father's soul. more...

Others find humanity by looking in their own hearts. Only lost souls need to search for it outside themselves. more...

The difference between science fiction and fantasy ... is simply this: science fiction has rivets and fantasy has trees. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

I have never resisted the lord in my life, and I never will. But I'm not so hungry for dialogue with him that I have to make up his part as well as my own. more...

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. more...

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

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

If only we were wiser or better people, perhaps the gods would explain to us the mad, unbearable things they do. more...

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. more...

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. more...

[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. more...

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. more...

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society. more...

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. more...

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. more...

You have to measure your success by the way your audience responds to your games. No matter how small that audience is, it's yours. Your game is part of the lives and the memories of those people in a way that WordPerfect or Lotus 1-2-3 or Windows can never be. more...

The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does not mean that they have passed a threshold of moral maturity. It means that we have. more...

If human beings are all monsters, why should I sacrifice anything for them?" "Because they are beautiful monsters..., And when they live in a network of peace and hope, when they trust the world and their deepest hungers are fulfilled, then within that system, that delicate web, there is joy. That is what we live for, to bind the monsters together, to murder their fear and give birth to their beauty. more...

If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement. more...

Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to fill the roles given you by good people, by people who love you. more...

There is no society that does not highly value fictional storytelling. Ever. more...

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

I think you don't grow up until you stop worrying about other people's purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself. more...

In philosophy class I think we finally decided that 'good' is an infinitely recursive term - it can't be defined except in terms of itself. Good is good because it's better than bad, though why it's better to be good than bad depends on how you define good, and on and on. more...

Oh, Val," said Father. "All you have to do is live your life, and everyone around you will be happier." "No greatness, then." "Val," said Mother, "goodness trumps greatness any day." "Not in the history books," said Valentine. "Then the wrong people are writing history, aren't they?" said Father. more...

And what? What's the other choice? To passively let things happen and then say: "Tut-tut, what at botch that was"? Don't we all manipulate people? Even if we openly ask them to make a choice, don't we try to frame it so they'll chose as we think they should? more...

Isn't that what it means to be civilized? That you can wait to get what you want? more...

Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. more...

If you asked me to marry you all over again today I'd say yes, said Valentine. And if I had only met you for the first time today, I'd ask. more...

Parents always make their worst mistakes with their oldest children. That's when parents know the least and care the most, so they're more likely to be wrong and also more likely to insist that they're right. more...

There's always hope... even when there isn't faith. And sometimes, without hope or faith, there must be charity. more...

You can't write a novel all at once, any more than you can swallow a whale in one gulp. You do have to break it up into smaller chunks. But those smaller chunks aren't good old familiar short stories. Novels aren't built out of short stories. They are built out of scenes. more...

What am I now, Alai?" "Still good." "At what?" "At-anything. There's a million soldiers who'd follow you to the end of the universe." "I don't want to go to the end of the universe." "So where do you want to go? They'll follow you." I want to go home, thought Ender, but I don't know where it is. more...

Ah, I am the judge of dreams, and you are the judge of love. Well, I find you guilty of dreaming good dreams, and sentence you to a lifetime of working and suffering for the sake of your dreams. I only hope that someday you won't declare me innocent of the crime of loving you. more...

Isn't it possible, he wondered, for one person to love another without trying to own each other? Or is that buried so deep in our genes that we can never get it out? Territoriality. more...

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 more...

The lives of all people flow through time, and, regardless of how brutal one moment may be, how filled with grief or pain or fear, time flows through all lives equally. more...

The only process you've mastered is the process of elimination, and the only reason you've mastered that is because you can do it in the toilet. more...

Valentine had long ago observed that in a society that expected chastity and fidelity, like Lusitania, the adolescents who controlled and channeled their youthful passions were the ones who grew up to be both strong and civilized. Adolescents in such a community who were either too weak to control themselves or too contemptuous of society's norms to try usually ended up being either sheep or wolves- either mindless members of the herd or predators who took what they could and gave nothing. more...

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

As history shows us, when colonization is voluntary, people will self-select better than any testing system. It's like those foolish attempts to control immigration to American based on the traits that were deemed desirable, when in fact the only trait that defines Americans historically is "descended from somebody willing to give up everything to live there." Willingness is the single most important test. more...

A broken clock is right two times a day. more...

The great forces of history were real, after a fashion. But when you examined them closely, those great forces always came down to the dreams and hungers and judgments of individuals. more...

Religion is tied to the deepest feelings people have. The love that arises from that stewing pot is the sweetest and strongest, but the hate is the hottest, and the anger is the most violent. more...

Who would I be, if other good souls did not make up for my shortcomings? more...

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 does' 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. more...

I always tell the truth about what I'm selling, and then nobody buys it. more...

Do' win loyalty, just obedience, and only while the lash is in the room. more...

You ca' answer what I said, so you're going to talk about my saying it. more...

Science isn't done by consensus. It's done by rigorous testing. more...

Here's the secret that every successful software company is based on: You can domesticate programmers the way beekeepers tame bees. You can't exactly communicate with them, but you can get them to swarm in one place and when they're not looking, you can carry off the honey. more...

Satanic Verses is a despicable book that could not have been written by a person who wished to behave decently and responsibly. more...

A weak King must be what other Kings have been; a strong King is himself, and from then on the meaning of the name of King is changed. more...

Good people do not let others suffer needlessly. more...

And if you're going to criticize me for not finishing the whole thing and tying it up in a bow for you, why, do us both a favor and write your own damn book, only have the decency to call it a romance instead of a history, because history's got no bows on it, only frayed ends of ribbons and knots that can't be untied. It ain't a pretty package, but then it's not your birthday that I know of so I'm under no obligation to give you a gift. more...

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. more...

When you really know someone, you can't hate him. more...

Rumors are the sauce of a dry life. more...

Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all alongthe same person that I am today. more...

Most victories came from instantly exploiting your enemy's stupid mistakes, and not from any particular brilliance in your own plan. more...

It is a common trait of primates to become submissive and even worshipful toward one who has the power to kill them. more...

The nations that offer to arbitrate are the ones that think they should rule the world. more...

It's simple. Nothing exists except in relation to something else. more...

...You believe that the kind of story you want to tell might be best received by the science fiction and fantasy audience. I hope you're right, because in many ways this is the best audience in the world to write for. They're open-minded and intelligent. They want to think as well as feel, understand as well as dream. Above all, they want to be led into places that no one has ever visited before. It's a privilege to tell stories to these readers, and an honour when they applaud the tale you tell. more...

Science fiction is about what could be but isn't; fantasy is about what couldn't be. more...

Ho said, 'I do not grieve because my feet have been cut off. I grieve because a precious jewel is dubbed a mere stone, and a man of integrity is called a deceiver. This is why I weep.' more...

Welcome to the human race. Nobody controls his own life, Ender. The best you can do is choose to be controlled by good people, by people who love you. more...

This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question. more...

'So if we can we'll kill every last of the buggers, and if they can they'll kill every last one of us. As for me,' said Ender, 'I'm in favor of surviving'. more...

He jumped at the Giants face, clambered up his lip and nose, and began to dig in the Giant's eye. more...

'I could kill you like this,' Peter whispered. 'Just press and press until you're dead'. more...

I'm accusing you of violating the laws of nature, he said, irritated at my failure to respond. Nature's virtue is intact, I reassured him. I just know some different laws. more...

If it isn't a wonderful story first, who cares how important it is? more...

I had seen the princess and let her lie there unawakened, because the happily ever after was so damnably much work. more...

The great forces of history were real, after a fashion. But when you examined them closely, those great forces always came down to the dreams and hungers and judgments of individuals. The choices they made were real. They mattered. more...

He understood the tone of voice instinctively, as he always had; it was his greatest gift, to know emotions even better than the person feeling them. more...

Only a fool can't be fooled. more...

She thinks she's kept me. She would have kept me better if she had let me go now. more...

I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time he was right. more...

He was growing up. Soon he would be a man. He wondered what that would mean. Surely he could not have more required of him as an adult that had been required of him as a child. There could not be more. more...

I wanted your songs. You wanted my songs more than you wanted my happiness. So you took my happiness, and stole my songs. more...

You are mine, but you are not mine. I am yours, but you hardly know it. more...

looked death in the eye and did not seem disappointed. more...

Many a man isn't as good as his woman, but I never knew a husband who was better than his wife. more...

To me, the truth is what actually happened. Yet it is impossible to know anything approaching the whole truth about past events. Even the people living them could not possibly understand. That truth is always out of reach. more...

They never noticed that he was in fact what they only pretended to be. more...

Justice could be cruel, and crueler yet necessity, but mercy was the cruelest thing of all. more...

A dagger has only a single point, but a traitor cuts from anywhere. more...

He knew her too well to see her from the distance that pity requires. He loved her because he admired her. For bearing without complaint the burden the queen put on her. For still being gentle and loving when she had ample reason to be bitter. more...

Are you the strongest of all men, so strong that you can be merciful to me, a weak woman? Here is the undoing of your strength: I am not a weak woman. I am not a little queen. And your mercy will be your undoing. more...

Asking a man if he could be trusted was like asking an unwed girl if she was a virgin. The question mattered, but the asking of it was a gross insult. more...

When he loved his bride it was not a queen he loved, but rather the girl as she might have been if she had not been destroyed in her childhood. more...

A dreamer, a good man, a kind man who cared less for his plan than for the people in it. more...

You're the sort of enemy your enemy must love. more...

She did not send for him until she was afraid; she was not afraid until he undid her work; he did not undo her work until he was past loving her. more...

I was the last to know what was happening to me. Or at least I was the last to know that I knew. more...

It made me wonder if perhaps our ancestors' crimes were not in fact far more terrible than they claimed. After all, the only histories we possessed told their version of what happened, and in their accounts they were completely innocent. more...

I want to see the king. Wonderful. I'm glad for you. Why are you so glad? Because it's good for every human being to have an unfulfilled wish. It makes all of life so poignant. more...

There must be a special place in hell reserved for you. I've been to hell. It's a better place than this. more...

Your father cares as little as we do. It's just that he tends to despair, while we are full of hope. more...

I'm losing Savanna. That's good. No one should own someone else. more...

I walked down the hill, forgot philosophy, and joined the human race again. Nobody was particularly glad to see me. more...

I immediately felt so comfortable there. Or if not comfortable, at least willing to bear the discomforts because they fit the awkward places in my heart. more...

You are not what you seem. So many people have said that that I'm beginning to think that's precisely how I do seem. What is it I seem to be that you have now discovered that I'm not? more...

He deserved to die except that nothing deserves death. more...

I had never believed I had a soul until then, when it laid bare a hurt more deep than any part of me could bear. more...

Keep your freedom, keep your immortality, but somewhere along the line I hope you figure out what you're living forever for. What noble purpose you mean to achieve. Because you're no good to anyone here, not even yourselves. more...

Heroes and victims are the product of the mood they were in when opportunity came or when circumstances were at their worst. more...

For the first time I understood the haunting beauty of the song. It was the song of a killer who longed to die. It was the song of justice yearned for but not yet done. more...

People's beliefs don't exist in isolation. Everyone's firmly held beliefs exert an enormous pressure on everyone else. more...

You looked so intense. Whatever you were saying, you seemed to mean it, and it wasn't amusing at all. Started quite a fashion. People keep looking for purpose now. Complicates everything. more...

But whether there's some grand design really matters little to me. My only hope was this: to see what might be, to believe that it should be, and then to do all I could to bring it to pass, whatever the cost. more...

Even the devil gives some justice to his victims, when they're beyond all help. more...

Faithfulness had taken me by surprise. I wondered how long the phase would last. more...

If you could stop the suffering and dying, and didn't stop it, then you are guilty. It is your fault. We kill no one. We do not let them kill us. We have nothing to do with them. more...

If there's no place in the universe for a man to resist the thieves of freedom and still be called a good man, then I don't think there is any good or evil in the universe. more...

You resent death. You regret death. But as for your own life, you know perfectly well that no one can threaten it at all. Death is something that happens to someone else. more...

I'm passing through the world invisibly. Even when people see or speak to me it's as if I didn't exist, as if I had no right to exist. I tread across their lands and they don't see me. I act and act and act and nothing makes any difference in the world. But they touch me. more...

I began to suspect that the ultimate sacrifice isn't death after all; the ultimate sacrifice is willingly bearing the fullest penalty for your own actions. more...

He exuded confidence without ever looking as is he wanted to make sure everyone else knew how confident he was. more...

There was the chance that someday he would surprise her, that she would turn to face her husband and find a stranger in his place, a stranger who didn't approve of her and didn't want her in his life anymore. more...

Even the good she found in him was really the goodness she had put in him, the goodness he had put on himself as a disguise in order to get her to marry him. more...

This is what love is, he thought. Doing what you don't want to do, because she needs it so much. And it isn't that bad. And it isn't that hard. more...

There's some people who do things so bad it tears the fabric of the world, and then there's some people so sweet and good that they can feel it when the world gets torn. They see things, they know things, only they're so good and pure that they don't understand what it is that they're seeing. more...

Even the most Rational people - the ones who claimed not to have a religion - were just as chauvinistic about their irreligion, sneering at and ostracizing the believers just the way the believers treated nonmembers of their own groups. It's a human universal. more...

We were all victims of an oppressive system, but that mattered far less to us than our deep bonding with our owners. more...

Adolescents never understand that the best way to avoid notice is to behave normally. more...

She sounded how you'd expect talking to a tree to sound - bored out of her mind. more...

Keeping secrets was the beginning of freedom. more...

They gave me powers of thought and memory far beyond anything natural evolution would have given me, but that doesn't give them the right to decide the meaning of my life as if I were some dream. I decide the meaning. If my life is a dream then it's my dream, I'm the dreamer. more...

What I am seeing right now is a man who is so dominated by his mother that he is willing to throw away his marriage in order to protect her from the trauma of growing up and acting like an adult. more...

I think if you left grownups to do what they really actually wanted most in the world to do, every single one of them would lie down and take a nap for the rest of their life. I know this because that's what every grownup does as soon as they're alone. more...

She did love him, you know... It was a selfish, possessive love, but it was all she knew how to give. more...

You never needed anybody. If you had ever bothered to come to know me, you'd know that that is the exact opposite of the truth. Well, well. So we part in utter ignorance of each other. more...

The vision of the gods without the power of the gods. What a terrible gift. A glorious gift. more...

When we intended to enjoy being cruel, we must transform our victim into either a beast or a god. more...

What sort of arrogance did she have, even to imagine reaching back into the past and making changes? Who am I, she thought, if I dare to answer prayers intended for the gods? more...

How is clean, painless nonexistence any worse than clean, painless death? more...

We are the actors and the audience as well, all of us. And the critics. We are also the critics. more...

The older you get, the more you believe in God, whatever face he wears. more...

They don't know how to watch things. They don't know how to see anything but what they expect to see. more...

You are sure your enemy is stupid because he doesn't do things as you would do them. It will make you careless, and your enemy will surprise you. more...

You just refuse to leave them alone until they change their minds. Of their own free will. more...

It was always from the love of strong women that he had found whatever joy had been granted him in his life. more...

Deep inside himself, in a place he didn't often go, where he kept the things he didn't like to think about but dared not forget, he knew that was still alive somewhere, and somehow she was watching what he did, or at least looking in on him from time to time. more...

What is this thing between women, like men are a joke that women all told each other long ago but men never get it. more...

All children are manipulators. more...

She had that irony in her eyes. Knowledge without wisdom. Power without purpose. Like me. more...

wasn't interested in meeting the kind of women who would come to one of those places looking for the kind of man who hoped to meet a woman there. more...

You are exactly what you seem, and so you always assume that other people are, too. more...

When you have enough money the law is a reed that will always bend your way. more...

Why give you answers you wont believe? Well, answers I don't believe would be a step forward. more...

Please open your mind to the possibility that I might be an honest man who was himself deceived. more...

I've known too many men who never quite felt married no matter how many wives they'd been through. Their own and otherwise. more...

What's so wrong with feeling sorry for myself? Better that than trying to get other people to feel sorry for me. more...

Whenever I hear you saying, rise and shine, rise and shine, it makes me think how lucky dead people are! more...

Such a darling child, they would say, and pat her head. And Miriam would answer in her heart: you made my father a slave. You want us all dead. You are the river, you and all of Egypt. You are the river and as long as we stay beside you we are in danger of drowning. more...

Honesty always sounds like impudence to the vain and stupid. more...

No man can bear to live with a woman who speaks nothing but the truth to him. more...

You really are children. You have no idea how power works, or who has it, or what you can actually do with it. more...

He would rather lose his power for doing right, than keep his power by doing wrong. Because he loves his people more than he loves his office. more...

Like all children they only wanted to be known, and cared little about giving that gift to others. more...

God's hand is strange to us. He cares nothing for the moment, nothing for the feeble ambitions of men and women. He sees the road that flows onward forever. more...

You'll find out I was never sand at all, but a seed, and out of death I'll make life. You can't break me. And whatever plan you have in mind, you can't make me. more...

The man who has an intelligent child is doomed to spend his life justifying every decision he makes. more...

God had answered her prayer, not with the thing she asked for, but rather the thing she wanted most in her heart. more...

Self-knowledge can be painful, but not half so damaging as self-ignorance. more...

To be cut off from the land of the living, and yet not to be dead. How could I bear that? That's how most men live, and don't even know it. more...

Some people can't see miracles when they're right in the middle of them. Better than seeing miracles that don't exist. You're determined to stand entirely alone, aren't you? That's where I've always stood. more...

It never occurred to you that they might be flattering you, because you don't lie. more...

This man, though, was of that rare type that knew what he wanted but didn't want anything badly enough to demand it or beg for it or hurt anyone else in the process of getting it. more...

He was wild the way a mistreated dog becomes wild, not because it loves freedom, but because it has lost trust. more...

She got out of the car in a smooth motion that found attractive precisely because it did not seem designed to make men watch her do it. more...

That was the most terrible thing that a woman could to a decent man: look vulnerable and ask him for mercy. If he refused her he'd be denying all his instincts as a provider and protector. more...

Maybe she just wanted to be the one to decide when things happened between them. Then again, what women didn't want to decide that? more...

How could you tell, when utter honesty and cynical manipulation would each account completely for the things she said and did? more...

Something had been given back to him. And because had been a part of it, there was something between them now. A bond of loss, if loss could bind. more...

Why do you bother asking, when you know the answer and you also know that you don't intend to believe it? more...

Why is doubt the one thing we're never skeptical of? We question other peoples' beliefs, and the more sure they are the more we doubt them. But it never occurs to us to doubt our own doubt. Question our own questions. We think our questions are answers. more...

We're not a family. We're the opposite of a family. We're people so lonely that when we're together we make a black hole of loneliness and everything else gets sucked down into it and is never seen again. more...

She never seemed to get near the edge. She lived on other people's edges. And when they fell off, she'd admire how pretty they looked as they fell. more...

I believed all that stuff about pleasing myself. Can't be done. You can't please yourself by doing what you want. Because it doesn't mean anything if it's just you. There has to be somebody it matters to. more...

You aren't the kind of guy who takes the law into his own hands. You left the law in other hands and it screwed you over pretty badly. more...

I'm nobody's child. You're mine now. Not my child, but mine, to miss you when you go, to look out for you, to hope you'll be careful. more...

She going to be free now. She can go home to Jesus. Call me selfish, but I wanted her to go home with me. more...

Knowing was better than not knowing. But not by much. more...

You as stupid as they come. Of course, I say this with your best interests at heart. Most people are stupid. I don't hold it against them. more...

I've known some bad people and some good people in my life, and it's the bad ones who live in fear, all the time. Cause they know their own hearts... And they think everyone else is just waiting to pull the same moves on them that they've got planned to pull on somebody else. more...

Good people can't out-think evil, 'cause evil think of things good folks can't think of. Can't enter your head what evil do. more...

We're both damaged property, I guess. Plenty of time for renovation. more...

In Vanya's family, silence had never meant surrender, only tactical retreat. more...

Before the story he refused to even think about it; after the story, it became conceivable to him, and, once he could conceive of it, it soon became inevitable. more...

I never had you, not since you escaped from the womb. more...

More than likely, mother would simply go enigmatic on him, give him one of her inscrutable smiles, and tell him that if he didn't already understand, he never would. more...

How strange it was that this other woman, this girl-child, should speak of her son so possessively, should speak of his future as if it were her own future. more...

Marriage is about banality. Its purpose is banality, to create an environment of surpassing safety and predictability for young children to grow up in, the foundation of life, the root of inner peace. more...

I don't know you, ma'am, and apparently I'm expected to die for you. more...

Was his very boyishness the reason he was chosen? In that case, was it not a virtue to be admired, and not a failing to be despised? more...

Living with a god is not what it's cracked up to be. They think their women should be grateful just to have them around. more...

How could I hurt her? She'd have to love me before I could do that. more...

It was his father who had shrunk, who no longer had the power of the giant, of the god, to enfold him and keep him safe. more...

How could you lose me, when you've never had me, never wanted me? more...

Having never been in control of his own life, his idea of freedom was simply to break free. more...

Women's intuition wasn't intuition at all, it was heightened observation, unconscious registration of subtle clues. more...

I took the leap, yes, but I didn't like the ledge where I landed - I fought the bear, I kissed the princess, but now I don't want to be king. Well, where in the fairy tales did it ever say Cinderella had to like being queen? more...

If he was a good man, how could he leave me? So he must not be a good man. But if he isn't good, then why does it hurt so much to lose him? Is it just my pride that's wounded? more...

Love can't conquer anything. Love can't make a scholar into a warrior. Loving her can't make her love me. more...

To say what's in their hearts, regardless of shame. It doesn't change what they feel, what they want. It just helps... loosen them up. more...

You are so intent that you believe only what you believe that you believe, that you remain utterly blind to what you really believe without believing that you believe it. more...

I don't know a soul who doesn't maintain two separate lists of doctrines - the ones that they believe that they believe; and the ones that they actually try to live by. more...

What does it matter if, by following my heart, I also fulfill someone else's plan? more...

Even in cultures where marriages are arranged by parents, you're never actually forbidden to fall in love with your mate. more...

If I have to choose between an omnipotent God who leaves the world in this condition, and a God who has only a little bit of power but really cares and tries to make things better, I'll take you every time. Go on playing God, Hyrum. You're not bad at it. Sometimes you kind of get it right. more...

Such fools they were in Battle School, to let so few girls in. It left the boys completely helpless against a woman when they returned to Earth. more...

And you actually were cuddly, said Carn. No offense, but you were spunky. If that's your word for 'bratty little asshole,' said Dink mildly. more...

I don't care how loyal you think you're going to be, Dink. It's not in you. You're a brat and you always will be. So admit what a lousy follower you are, and go ahead and LEAD. more...

Nafai knew the rule: when a man acts like a child, he's boyish, and everyone's delighted; when a boy acts the same way, he's childish, and everyone tells him to be a man. more...

Why won't anyone ever answer my questions? Because you never stop asking them and especially because you keep asking them even when it's clear that nobody knows the answers. Well, how do I know that they don't know the answer unless I ask? more...

How could you disguise your own thoughts so even you didn't know what you were thinking? more...

Here's my throat. I carry no weapon. You could have killed me at any time, even when I knew you were my enemy. Why did you need to deceive me into trusting you first? Were you afraid that death wouldn't bother me enough, unless I felt betrayed? more...

Permanence was always an illusion, and love was just the disguise that lovers wore to hide the death of their union from each other for a while. more...

I will not be tamed, only persuaded. I will not be coerced or led blindly or tricked or bullied - I am willing only to be convinced. If you don't trust your own basic goodness enough to tell me what you're trying to do... Then you're confessing your own moral weakness and I'll never serve you. more...

Wouldn't it have been better to change humanity so it no longer desired to destroy itself? more...

You think my apology means I'm weak. But it doesn't. It means I am trying to learn how to be strong. more...

I was forgetting how it really was, I was remembering it through common, ordinary eyes, I was remembering it as the boy I was before, but now I remember that it wasn't me being weak or me being naked, or anything else that I should be ashamed of. more...

It was not love at all, really, but rather a yearning for the honor and respect of the other men that held them. Pride, then... Indeed, all their connection with each other at this moment was tied up with the respect they felt they were earning by their actions. more...

Coincidence is just the word we use when we have not yet discovered the cause. more...

How does he do it? How does he master people without bluster or bullying? How does he make people fear him or love him, not in spite of his ruthlessness but because of it? more...

We are all fools when one wise man appears. more...

Stop threatening me... I've lived in terror and I've come out of it. Kill me or not, torture me or not, it doesn't matter to me. Just decide what to do. more...

Will I be coming to you as husband or a child? A partner or a student? more...

Money only buys the illusion of power. Real power is in the force of will - will strong enough that others bend to it for its own sake, and follow it willingly. Power that is won through deception will evaporate under the hot light of truth. more...

You always back off at the exact moment when you're about to tell the other person exactly what she needs to hear. more...

The others are even more likely to obey their god. Which is? It dangles between their legs. more...

Physically plain people are perfectly able to see physical beauty in others, while people who are morally maimed are blind to goodness and decency. They honestly think it doesn't exist. Oh, they know it exists all right. They just never know which people have it. more...

To face death, that's nothing much. But to feel really stupid when you die, well, that would be insufferable. more...

Show him who I am, so he will pity me instead of fearing me. And then we can turn pity into compassion, and compassion into understanding, and understanding into affection, and affection into love, and love into life, the life of our children, the life of the new self we will become together. more...

You take responsibility for us all. Without ever waiting to be told. So do all good people. That's what it means to be a good person. more...

I interpreted all you did as weakness - but I should have known that it was wisdom and strength, freely shared with all of us, even the ones who don't deserve it. more...

Doesn't love show its face when it satisfies the need of the loved one, for the loved one's sake alone? more...

I do matter, and despising me was the gravest error of their lives. more...

Maybe he's growing up. Or maybe he just needed the right circumstances to discover the best in himself. more...

Maybe what we really want is for our children to be the dominant ones! Maybe I'm trying to see my own ambitions fulfilled in them, and that would be wrong, so I should be content with what they are. more...

Wasting our time? This is a waste of time, to live in peace and plenty with my wife and children? May I waste the rest of my life, then. more...

I acted like a human male. When I act like a human male it doesn't make me less human, it just makes me less female. more...

The barrier was only in my mind - which is true of this barrier as well. The more firmly I try to cross the barrier, the more firmly I'm rejected. Well, maybe it's the intention to cross the boundary that pushes me away. more...

Just because you live every waking moment with dreams of controlling other people doesn't mean the rest of us do. more...

That's what survival means, for me. I thought it was a matter of staying alive, but it isn't. Nobody lives forever anyway. It's how you're remembered. It's what your children thought of you, what they think of you after you're dead. That's survival. more...

May the day when you need courage never come. Even as she said it, though, she knew the day would come. more...

You're the only one that I would be glad to be close to forever, because all your secrets are bright and good and I love you for them. more...

Religion isn't always pretty. Especially viewed from the outside, by an unbeliever. more...

He hated the way they thought. He hated the way they didn't think. It was hard to imagine which of them he hated more. more...

What cannot be healed has been healed. What was lost forever has been found. Therefore let that which cannot be forgiven be forgiven. more...

Haven't you ever seen a 3-year-old when he makes a foolish blunder? He looks at whatever child or adult is nearby and screams at him Look at what you made me do! That's the moral universe that always lived in. more...

Wishful thinking gives false gods to people who hunger for gods, but those who yearn for a world with no gods are no less likely to fall victim to their own wishful thinking. more...

I don't mind dying before you do. In fact, I rather prefer it that way. more...

I believe in everything that seems true to me right now. I just refuse to be surprised when some of those things I believe in now turn out to be false later. more...

Most of the things people say they remember they only imagine anyways. more...

We all choose our own teachers, don't we? I wonder if our choice of teacher shows anything about what our lives will be. more...

Today, I saw a spark of decency. Let's blow on that spark and give it fuel. more...

We can wash people in the water all we want, but we can never wash their parents out of their hearts. more...

Out of respect for custom he treats me as if all women were equally worthless. He gives custom more respect than he gives me. more...

He isn't insane, he's simply as trapped in his life as I am in mine. That makes us friends. more...

What difference does it make, whether we keep our silence because force us or because we're afraid they might force us? more...

I'll be dead and you'll think about this day and wonder which of us was more the slave, you or me! more...

Humans, in order to rise above the animals, had learned how to convert themselves into nothing more than organs or limbs or even disposable fingernails and hair of a larger metaphorical organism. more...

Maybe if I could bear my life as it is for one day, for one hour, for one minute, I could forget my wish to be something else. more...

I have no secret thoughts... Or rather, they're not secret because I've withheld them - if they're unknown, it's because no one asked more...

Boys always argued as if they knew then had the forces of logic on their side, even when they were being completely irrational. more...

Only boys were so foolish that they actually believed their arguments were their reasons. more...

If a father commands a son to commit a crime so terrible that the son can't do it and live with himself, then is it betrayal for the son to disobey his father? more...

You always do that. Make all the questions harder. I make them truer. more...

Law can change how people behave when others are watching - that's all. more...

Don't you hate it when somebody knows you better than you know yourself? more...

That's one of those questions, whether human beings are really capable of change, or if all seeming changes are really a matter of framing the existing character in a different moral situation. more...

Which is the greater wrong? To hurt the unforgiving one, or hurt the one who has forgiven all? more...

It occurred to me that if my friends were loathsome, perhaps I needed to learn from my enemies. more...

Wanting to is the whole lesson; all the rest is practice. more...

The doctrine he was going to be teaching, starting tonight, was not the sort of ideology that would stir souls; no one would die for this religion. It would only attracts converts by promising a return to old tradition and by seeming to be the religion of the future. more...

Just because you know I had no other choice doesn't make the anger go away. I understand that. But you're a man now. You can put away these childish things. more...

They won't be required to sacrifice anything in order to belong to your assembly. A religion that is all sweetness, but no light; all form, but no substance; all tradition, but no precept. more...

That's the way it was then, you see. Folks noticed other people's trouble every bit as quick as if it was their own. more...

The billion billion paths of his life lay open before him, waiting for his first choices, for the first changes in the world around him to eliminate a million futures every second. more...

Land was what they wanted, as if the mere ownership of dirt could turn a peasant into a squire. more...

She grunted. Nothing unusual? That's right. Well, if you ask me, that's pretty unusual right there, if a body was smart enough to notice it. more...

It's plain that if I married you for brains I was plumb cheated. more...

I was ordained, said the preacher. No one ordains artists. They ordain themselves. Just as Taleswapper had expected. The preacher retreated to authority as soon as he feared his ideas could not stand on their own merit. Reasonable argument was impossible when authority became the arbiter. more...

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. more...

Sunday morning, he decided, is designed to let sinners have a sample of the first day of eternity in hell. more...

I don't hold with prophets, said Alvin. Near as I can tell, they end up just as dead as the next man. more...

The most evil creatures don't desire the destruction of everything-they only desire to exploit it for themselves. more...

You must be a prophet right enough, said Alvin Junior, cause I can't understand a thing you said. more...

What kind of stupid tale is that, when we just have to look at each other to know it isn't true? It has problems, I admit. more...

Everything possible to be believed is an image of the truth. more...

If something just plain didn't make sense to Alvin, he didn't believe it, and no amount of quoting from the Bible would convince him. Now Taleswapper was telling him that he was right to refuse to believe things that made no sense. more...

A duel is just two murderers who agree to take turns trying to kill each other. more...

You can't tell real from a rutabaga. more...

I've never seen a soft heart turn hard, said Taleswapper. At least not without good reason. more...

No, no, no, Hooch told himself silently. Getting even don't amount to nothing in this world. Getting even only gets you behind. The best revenge is to get rich enough to make them all call you sir, that's how you get even with these boys. more...

She can't help her red skin, and she isn't heathen. In fact, she's a Baptist, which is almost like being Christian, only louder. more...

Lolla-Wossiky is left like a White man then. Cut off from the land. Ground crunching underfoot. Branches snagging. Roots tripping. Animals running away. more...

He didn't know if he had the right or not. Didn't know if he was taking like a Red man, just what the land offered, or stealing like a White man, murdering whatever it pleased him to kill. more...

What a silly god, he makes everybody born bad to go to burning hell. Why so mad? All his fault! more...

Very bad thing, killing little boy. But maybe Red man knows about whisky-Red, very thirsty, making crazy. Not like killing man to take his house or his woman or his land, like White man all the time. more...

We've seen the worst that men can do, pa, and been the worst that men can be. But that don't mean that someday we won't see the best, too. And if we can never be perfect after this, well, we can still be pretty good, can't we? more...

As he had so many times before, Taleswapper addressed a few silent words to God, which always came down to this question: Why do you put us to so much trouble, when it all comes to naught in the end?...And, as usual, God had nothing much to say to Taleswapper when his questioning was done. more...

Wasn't that their natural right, to know the truth so as to be able to let the truth lead them to do good or evil, as they chose? more...

Black with hate, said Becca. You are gathering your people with hate. Can you imagine conducting a war with love? asked Ta-Kumsaw. That's a reason to refuse to make war at all, she said gently. more...

I want to know how many years I got. Many, said Ta-Kumsaw. Or few. All that matters is what you do with however many years you have. more...

What the White man had won with so much blood and dishonesty was not the living land of the Red man, but the corpse of that land. It was decay that the White man won. It would turn to dust in his hands, Alvin knew it. more...

Didn't he know that when you work to destroy, you invite the Destroyer? more...

He'd undone all he could. You can be sorry, and you can be forgiven, but you can't call back the futures that your bad decisions lost. He didn't need no philosopher to tell him that. more...

Peggy chose her words to be true, and therefore beautiful, and therefore good. more...

'A woman's wisdom is her gift to women,' Peggy quoted. 'Her beauty is her gift to men. Her love is her gift to God.' more...

Last night Alvin just got mad, which she said would only guarantee that he'd stay stupid. more...

Was it worth it? To lose part of who he had been in order to live free? Perhaps this new self was better than the old. more...

In a way, he lost some of himself, some of his knack, and therefore some of the choices he might have had in life. But in losing those, he gained so much more freedom, so much more power, that he was clear winner in the bargain. more...

Do you speak Scorn and Mockery to everyone? Or just to your betters? more...

A liar sees lies, said Taleswapper. Even when they aren't there. Just as a hypocrite sees hypocrites whenever he runs across good people. Can't stand to think that anyone might really be what you only pretend to be. more...

You speak metaphorically, I hope, said Peggy. I hope not, said Becca. Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. more...

When people say perhaps it's cause they're lying. Either they don't believe the thing they're saying, or they do believe it only they don't want to admit they do. more...

He could afford to be generous, since he didn't have to pay for it himself. Most virtues were like that. People could take pride in how virtuous they were, but the fact was that as soon as virtue got expensive or inconvenient, it was amazing how fast it gave way to practical concerns. more...

He had left home to get away, not to go toward anything. There was no greater freedom than that. more...

Verily learned to live with constant deception, hiding what he was and what he saw and what he felt and what he did from everyone around him. It was only natural that he should be drawn to the study of law. more...

Alvin had met true evil in his life, but he still persisted in thinking it was awful rare, and the word was bandied about too much by those who didn't understand what real badness was. more...

You're such a liar. But I'm a beautiful liar, don't you think? She flashed her best smile at her friend. I don't understand what men see in women anyway, her friend answered. Hexes or no hexes, as long as a woman has her clothes on a man can't see what he's interested in anyhow. more...

Alvin wondered if it was true-if all men had evil in their hearts, and those men as were good, maybe they were simply the ones who controlled theirselves so well they could act contrary to their heart's desire. But if that were so, then no man was good, not one. more...

Lookit that, he said. A lawyer who knows how to do something useful. That's a miracle. more...

Verily wondered what the man could have the audacity to say, in the face of such evidence-what whining, sniveling complaint or protest he might utter. more...

Our savior will resurrect us, said Peggy, but I haven't noticed that Christians end up any less dead at the end of life than heathens. more...

Andrew Jackson neatly resolved the issue by walking into congress and placing his hand on the Bible they kept there as a reminder of all the virtues they worked so hard to get the voters to believe they possessed. more...

Don't you think it's ironic that you have no idea what you're supposed to do, said Verily, and yet so many people have gone to so much trouble to prevent you from doing it? more...

Calvin, what kind of trouble are you planning to make? No trouble at all, said Calvin, annoyed. Why do you think I want to cause trouble? Because you are awake. more...

This is Alvin Smith, said Cooper. He's a man of inestimable abilities, but only because nobody has cared enough to estimate them. more...

You, said Purity, have been long enough out of England to pick up some American brag. But surrounded by Americans as I am, said Cooper, my brag is like a farthing in a sack of guineas. more...

Don't press her, said Cooper. If someone decides to leave something unsaid, my experience is that everyone is happier if they don't insist on his saying it. more...

I don't have to be a gentleman, said Balzac. I am an artist. more...

Denmark nursed that anger and it kept him free. more...

Around here, ma'am, if folks got they mouth open, if they ain't eating then they lying. more...

I knew God had heard my prayer when I learned that it was you and no other who drew this case. 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? more...

I have no fear of war, said Arthur Stuart. That's when kings get to show their mettle. You're thinking of chess, said Margaret. In war, everyone has their chance to bleed. more...

Once he had been so formidable that he was surrounded by enemies. Now even his enemies has lost interest in him. What clearer sign of failure could you find than that? more...

The woman is the subtlest beast in the garden, said Papa Moose, now that snakes can't talk. more...

Hey, you're getting to be almost worth how much it costs to feed you. Good thing, 'cause I got no plan to eat less. more...

Every terrible thing in the world was caused by a whole combination of things. But everybody wanted to narrow it down to one cause-and not even the real one. Much better to have one cause-one person to punish. Then the unbearable could be borne. more...

Don't talk to me like you understand my sins. Don't talk to me like you know what I do and do not understand. Alvin chuckled grimly. Oh, that mouth you've got. You can't answer what I said, so you're going to talk about my saying it. more...

A man like that thinks that fear can win loyalty. Plenty of masters with a lash who can testify it works. Don't win loyalty, just obedience, and only while the lash is in the room. more...

This is serious, and you gotta keep your mind open in case an idea comes along-you want there to be some room for it to fit in. more...

He's young, she said. We've all been guilty of that sin, said Alvin. And some never get over it. more...

La Tia was fearless, but that could mean either that she had no guile or that she had no conscience. more...

I'm a terrible salesman, he finally said. I always tell the truth about what I'm selling, and then nobody buys it. more...

I see Alvin with a son. That what he want most. I see him with a woman, said Rien. That is what he miss the most. I see him kneeling by a child's grave, said Dead Mary. That is what he fears the most. more...

Everybody thinks they want to see the truth, said Tenkswa-Tawa. That's one of the lies we tell ourselves. more...

Arthur had heard Peggy say that she didn't wish for more comfortable furniture, because if the chairs were softer, company would be inclined to stay longer. more...

I don't plan to die for any cause, said Jim Bowie. Nor any man, excepting only myself. I know that ain't noble, but it prolongs my days, which is philosophy enough for me. more...

I was born with more power inside myself than I ever dreamed. But along with it there came no more sense than any other idiotic kid. Somewhere along in here I need to grow up into a man I can stand to live with. A man who doesn't just survive, but deserves to. more...

Your dream is a good one. [. . .] The desire that is the very root of life itself: To grow until all the space you can see is part of you, under your control. It's the desire for greatness. more...

Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along-the same person that I am today. more...

The criminal misuse of time was pointing out the mistakes. Catching themnoticing themthat was essential. If you did not in your own mind distinguish between useful and erroneous information, then you were not learning at all, you were merely replacing ignorance with false belief, which was no improvement. The part of the man's statement that was true, however, was about the uselessness of speaking up. If I know that the teacher is wrong, and say nothing, then I remain the only one who knows, and that gives me an advantage over those who believe the teacher. more...

Once you get a brother, you do' give him up easy. more...

O my son Absalom,' Bean said softly, knowing for the first time the kind of anguish that could tear such words from a man's mouth. 'my son, my son Absalom. Would God I could die for thee, O Absalom, my son. My sons! more...

I want to be the kind of boy you are, thought Bean. But I do' want to go through what you"ve been through to get there. more...

Humanity does not ask to be happy.It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, and then happiness as we can manage it... Take what pleasure you can in the interstices of your work, , but your work is first, learning first, winning is everything because without it there is nothing. more...

Maybe that's all demons ever are. People like us, doing things without even knowing what we're doing. more...

When there aren't any smart decisions, I suppose you just have to pick the stupid decision you like best. more...

I looked for perfection, and I found something better. more...

Do you know why Satan is so angry all the time? Because whenever he works a particularly clever bit of mischief God uses it to serve his own Rigteous purposes." "So God uses wicked people as his tools?" "God gives us the freedom to to do great evil, if we choose, then He uses his own freedom to create goodness out of that evil, for that is what He chooses." "So, in the long run, God always wins?" "Yes, in the short run though it can be uncomfortable. more...

Surely you're not saying that God had to choose between long life and intelligence for human beings! It's there in your own Bible, Carlotta. Two trees - knowledge and life. You eat of the tree of knowledge and you will surely die. You eat of the tree of life and you remain a child in the garden forever, undying. more...

To reach out to you when I'm in need, and to try to be here for you when you need me back. And to feel such tenderness when I look at you that I want to stand between you and all the world: and yet also to lift you up and carry you above the strong currents of life; and at the same time, I would be glad to stand always like this, at a distance, watching you, the beauty of you. more...

Thank God for you, Ender. Thank God. more...

I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one. more...

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. more...

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

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. more...

This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question. more...

Into the the air, into the earth, into the fire, I am with you. more...

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? more...

Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth." -Taleswapper more...

Early to bed and early to rise," Mazer intoned, "makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes. more...

None of us could be happy for long, doing nothing. more...

She will look at you as women look at men, and she will judge you as a woman judge men...not on the strength of their arguments, and not in their cleverness or prowess in battle, but rather on the force of their character, the intensity of their passion, their strength of soul, their compassion, and...ah, this above all...their conversation. more...

We were all fated to die, and so it is good that at least we can be sure our deaths today might bring about a good end, might make the world a better place. more...

Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along?the same person that I am today. more...

The society whose citizens are willing to stand and fight is the one with the best chance of surviving long enough for history to even notice. more...

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 more...

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. more...

I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly - I'll beat you unfairly first. - Ender more...

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. more...

Love is finding that the things you like best about yourself are not in you at all, but in the person who completes you more...

Being young is an 18 year prison sentence for a crime your parents committed. But you do get time off for good behavior. more...

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

You're not a human being until you value something more than the life of your body. And the greater the thing you live and die for the greater you are. more...

Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people. more...

Today, Mr. Darcy is a vampire. more...

But whether there's some grand design really matters little to me. My only hope was this. To see what could be, and to believe that it should be, and then to do all I could to bring it to pass, whatever the cost. And when a life ends as mine will end, no one can persuade me that the cost was not worth what it has brought me at last. more...

Ethan Wyeth: I hope you're thirsty." Gideon Wyeth:"Why?" Ethan: "Cause your dumb and ugly, but I can do something about thirsty. more...

Remember, the enemy's gate is down. more...

Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you. more...

And then he thought: Is this how idiots rationalize their stupidity to themselves? more...

Please don't disillusion me. I haven't had breakfast yet. more...

Doesn't it make you wonder about your own sexual identity, not to mention your sanity, that the two women you love are, respectively, a virtual woman existing only in the transient ansible connections between computers and a woman whose soul is in fact that of a man who is the husband of your mother? more...

All the stories are fictions. What matters is which fiction you believe. more...

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. more...

You're a monster. Thanks. Does this mean I get a raise? No, just a medal. The budget isn't inexhaustable. more...

Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth. more...

If you give orders and explain nothing, you might get obedience, but you'll get no creativity. If you tell them your purpose, then when your original plan is shown to be faulty, they'll find another way to achieve your goal. Explaining to your men doesn't weaken their respect for you, it proves your respect for them. more...

All the common people want is to be left alone. All the ordinary soldier wants is to collect his pay and not get killed. That's why the great forces of history can be manipulated by astonishingly small groups of determined people. more...

No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins. more...

Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment. more...

We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness-the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction. more...

Andrew said you were the best person he ever knew." "He reached that conclusion before he saw me raise three barbarian children to adulthood. I understand your mother has six." "Right." "And you're the oldest." "Yes." "That's too bad. Parents always make their worst mistakes with the oldest children. That's when parents know the least and care the most, so they're more likely to be wrong and also more likely to insist that they're right. more...

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. more...

Grief,she reminded herself, is almost always for the mourner's loss. more...

The only way to retrieve a secret,once known, is to replace it with a lie. more...

Human: That's stupid. Isn't there grass on both sides? more...

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

I don't believe that there are aliens. I believe there are really different people. more...

I hope I am remembered by my children as a good father. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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

The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell. more...

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization - or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt. more...

There's a reason why every human society has fiction. It teaches us how to be 'good,' to behave in a way that is for the benefit of the whole community. more...

It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes. more...

Ulysses, obviously. It was an elaborate prank, and our supposed intellectual elite continue to fall for it. more...

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. more...

My favourite all-time work of fiction: Lord of the Rings. My favourite all-time nonfiction book: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Ask me again next week, you'll get a different answer. more...

The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don't, there's no hope for you. more...

Of course, I also hear from critics who detest what I do, and while sometimes I feel rather proud of having made various the loathsome people or groups angry, at other times I wonder why I put up with such grief. more...

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books. more...

You who speak languages, you are such liars. more...

One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself. more...

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

The best thing about my job, though, is stopping at the end of the day and rejoining the human universe. more...

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

In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now. more...

But in the meantime I became accustomed to the writing life and it would be hard to change now - partly because of the salary cut if I went to my other love, teaching; and partly because I still have stories to tell, even though it isn't all that fun doing the work anymore. more...

I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations. But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war. more...

A character is what he does, yes - but even more, a character is what he means to do. more...

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

Let me be loved like that, by a man who will not replace me with concubines when I'm old and ugly. Let me be loved by a man who loves God more than me. more...

When you have wisdom that another person knows that he needs, you give it freely. But when the other person doesn't yet know that he needs your wisdom you keep it to yourself. Food only looks good to a hungry man. more...

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. more...

An enemy, Ender Wiggin," whispered the old man. "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 how 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 on I am your teacher. more...

Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won more...

History is an omlette. THe eggs are already broken. more...

Human beings may be miserable specimens, in the main, but we can learn, and, through learning, become decent people. more...

The problem with elections is that anybody who wants an office badly enough to run for it probably shouldn't have it. And anybody who does not want an office badly enough to run for it probably shouldn't have it, either. Government office should be received like a child's Christmas present, with surprise and delight. Instead it is usually received like a diploma, an anticlimax that never seems worth the struggle to earn it. more...

A good working definition of fanaticism is that you are so convinced of your views and policies that you are sure that anyone who opposed them must be either stupid and decieved or have some ulterior motive. We are today a nation where almost everyone in the public eye displays fanaticism with every utterance. more...

The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven. more...

Fiction, because it is not about somebody who actually lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. more...

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. more...

Twisted and perverse are the ways of the human mind," Jane intoned. "Pinocchio was such a dolt to try to become a real boy. He was much better off with a wooden head. more...

If you listen very carefully, you can hear the good fairy come in the night and leave our assignment for tomorrow. more...

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

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. more...

Science Fiction has rivets, fantasy has trees. more...

But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart. more...

Your trust in rationality makes you irrational. more...

Knowledge is just opinion that you trust enough to act upon. more...

Love is random; fear is inevitable. more...

The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them. more...

Oops, I thought. Oops is an all-purpose word standing for every bit of profanity, blasphemy, and pornographic and scatological execration I could think of. more...

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. more...

Home is anywhere that you know all your friends and all your enemies. more...

Peter, you're twelve years old. I'm ten. They have a word for people our age. They call us children and they treat us like mice. more...

An eye for an eye? How Christian of you.' Unbelievers always want other people to act like Christians. more...

Anything can become a children's book if you give it to a child...Children are actually the best (and worst) audience for literature because they have no patience with pretence. more...

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. more...

Oh no, real life is escape. The great terrors, the horrors-we hope-of your life come from reading fiction. more...

What a waste of time to be posthumously famous. more...

When you have a good romance, find ways to make their lives miserable and hellish...Do you think 'Titanic' would have been so popular if they had both lived? Not a prayer. more...

One bachelor is an irritation. Ten thousand bachelors are a war. more...

If desire did not dim the brain, nobody would ever get married, drunk, or fat. ~Val more...

Oh, I'll live Ender's life, too. It's so much more interesting than my own." ~Val more...

You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves. more...

Mom," said Peter, "nobody thinks you're a lackwit, if that's what you're worried about." Lackwit? In what musty drawer of some dead English professor's dust-covered desk did you find that word? I assure you that never in my worst nightmares did I ever suppose that I was a lackwit. more...

Where loyalty bound creatures together, they became something larger, something new and whole and inexplicable. more...

Personal humiliation was painful. Humiliation of one's family was much worse. Humiliation of one's social status was agony to bear. But humiliation of one's nation was the most excruciating of human miseries. more...

But the truth is that no person ever understands another, from beginning to end of life, there is no truth that can be known, only the story we imagine to be true, the story they really believe to be true about themselves; and all of them lies. more...

Perhaps every writer who thoroughly creates a fictional world will inevitably create a mirror of his own time and yet also create a world that no one else but him has ever visited... more...

In my view, suicide is not really a wish for life to end.' What is it then?' It is the only way a powerless person can find to make everybody else look away from his shame. The wish is not to die, but to hide. more...

I love you Ender. More than ever. No matter what you decide. more...

I don't care how much you eat, Ender, self-cannibalism won't get you out of this school. more...

Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to. more...

He's not a killer. He just wins... Thoroughly more...

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

I know, you've been here a year, you think these people are normal. Well, they're not. WE'RE not. I look in the library, I call up books on my desk. Old ones, because they won't let us have anything new, but I've got a pretty good idea what children are, and we're not children. Children can lose sometimes, and nobody cares. Children aren't in armies, they aren't COMMANDERS, they don't rule over forty other kids, it's more than anybody can take and not get crazy. more...

That night Demosthenes published a scathing denunciation of the population limitation laws. People should be allowed to have as many children as they like, and the surplus population should be sent to other worlds, to spread mankind so far across the galaxy that no disaster, no invasion could ever threaten the human race with annihilation. "The most noble title any child can have," Demosthenes wrote, "is Third. more...

Dona Crista laughed a bit. "Oh, Pip, I'd be glad for you to try. But do believe me, my dear friend, touching her heart is like bathing in ice." I imagine. I imagine it feels like bathing in ice to the person touching her. But how does it feel to her? Cold as she is, it must surely burn like fire. more...

Quim," she said, "don't ever try to teach me about good and evil. I've been there, and you've seen nothing but a map. more...

We've devoted our lives to learning about them!" Miro said. Ender stopped. "Not from them. more...

You're cultural supremacists to the core. You'll perform your Questionable Activities to help out the poor little piggies, but there isn't a chance in the world you'll notice when they have something to teach you. more...

You understand that the piggies are animals, and you no more condemn them for murdering Libo and Pipo than you condemn a cabra for shewing up capim." That's right," said Miro. Ender smiled. "And that's why you'll never learn anything from them. Because you think of them as animals. more...

The ways of love are strange and hard: The love you want is always barred; The love you have you want to change. The ways of love are hard and strange. more...

I always think of books as being like people. Even the dull ones are worthy of decent respect, but you don't have to seek them out and spend time with them. more...

Nobodys life ever goes according to plan. So why do we keep on planning? Because that's how we know who we are. By what we intend to be. By what we try to become. And fail. I don't say 'fail'. I saw we aim and miss. But we still hit something. more...

Sometimes good people have to do terrible things. more...

Firequencher raised his hand. "I've been staying out of family conversations. Do I get credit for that? more...

Miro, I'm so sorry. I always felt such pity for you humans because you could only think of one thing at a time and your memories were so imperfect and . . . now I realize that just getting through the day without killing somebody can be an achievement." It gets to be a habit. Most of us manage to keep our body count quite low. It's the neighborly way to live. more...

This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?" "I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?" "Yes," she said. "That's influenza," said Miro. "Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours. more...

Does it help if we're so strong-willed, stubborn, ambitious, and selfish that we always overcome everything in our way no matter what?" asked Wang-mu. "I think those are the pertinent virtues, yes," said Peter. "Then let's do it. That's us in spades. more...

I will never hurt you. I will always help you. If you are hungry Ill give you my food. If you are frightened I am your friend. I love you now. And love does not end. more...

A duel is just two murders who agree to take turns trying to kill each other. more...

Be proud, Bonito, pretty boy. You can go home and tell your father, Yes, I beat up Ender Wiggin, who was barely ten years old, and I was thirteen. And I had only six of my friends to help me, and somehow we managed to defeat him, even though he was naked and wet and alone-Ender Wiggin is so dangerous and terrifying it was all we could do not to bring two hundred. more...

Do not shout at me, Mr. Quill," said John [Adams]. "Justice may be blind, but she is not deaf. more...

Are you all right, Sir?" asked Hezekiah. "Just fighting over old battles in my mind," said John. "It's the problem with age. You have all these rusty arguments, and no quarrel to use them in. My brain is a museum, but alas, I'm the only visitor, and even I am not terribly interested in the displays." Hezekiah laughed, but there was affection in it. "I would love nothing better than to visit there. But I'm afraid I'd be tempted to loot the place, and carry it all away with me. more...

If you lay a hand on me I'll ram your testicles so far up inside your abdomen it'll take a heart surgeon to get them out. more...

But if you caught my informant,' said Achilles, 'why in the world would Chamrajnagar-or Graff, if it was him-launch the shuttle anyway? Was catching me doing something naughty so important they'd risk a shuttle and it's crew just to catch me? I find that quite... flattering. Sort of like winning the Nobel Prize for scariest villain. more...

Americans love to pick up, move on, start over. But instead of being somebody fresh and new, they become somebody lonely and lost, or, far too often these days, they become nobody at all, a machine for satisfying hunger, without loyalty or honor or duty. more...

The old tale of Sleeping Beauty might end happily in French or English, but he was in Russia, and only a fool would want to live through the Russian version of any fairy tale. more...

When you have faith in something a lot of other people believe then you a member of the church" said Ceas, "When you have faith in something nobody believes, then you a complete wacko more...

As a species, we have evolved to survive. And the way we do it is by straining and straining and, at last, every few generaitons, giving brith to genius. The one who invents the wheel. And light. And flight. The one who builds a city, a nation, an empire...I'll put it bluntly. Human beings are free excpet when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me - to find out what you're good for. more...

There's a reason why every human society has fiction. It teaches us how to be 'good', to behave in a way that is for the benefit of the whole community. more...

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

A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds. more...

Working is hard and distracts from having fun. more...

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. more...

As long as you keep getting born, it's alright to die some times. more...

My college training was primarily in theatre, with an eye to becoming a director, actor, or producer. more...

Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas. more...

I buy way too many books. more...

I have lived in the only decades I could have lived in, and hope to live through at least a few more. more...

I listen to music constantly while writing. more...

I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas. more...

There is more good writing and good acting in any ten minutes of Twister than in, say, all of Citizen Kane. more...

Writing sessions can last an hour or sixteen hours, depending on how it's going. more...

Your work is first, learning is first, winning is everything because without it there is nothing. more...

I think Santa Claus is, by and large, quite beneficial, for when the child is finally allowed - or forced - to recognize the nonexistence of Santa Claus, then the child is able to go through the vital intellectual process of reconstructing reality in light of new evidence, complete with back-forming new stories to account for past events. This prepares the child for many other disillusionments and gives her vital and well-supported experience in maintaining her grip on reality independent of the stories told to her at any given time. more...

In creating the strange milieu in which your story takes place, you must first understand as well as you possibly can the familiar milieu in which your own life is taking place. Until you have examined and comprehended the world around you, you can't possibly create a complex and believable imaginary world. more...

You grow a whole lot more as a writer by getting old stories out of the house and letting new ones come in and live with you until they grow up and are ready to go. Don't let the old ones stay there and grow fat and cranky and eat all the food out of the refrigerator. You have dozens of generations of stories inside you, but the only way to make room for the new ones is to write the old ones and mail them off. more...

At some point, every science fiction and fantasy story must challenge the reader's experience and learning. That's much of the reason why the genre is so open to experimentation and innovation that other genres reject-strangeness is our bread and butter. Spread it thick or slice it thin, it's still our staff of life. more...

My hands are clean, but not because I wasn't prepared to bloody them. more...

When both parties are lying and they both know the other party's lying, it comes powerful close to being the same thing as telling the truth. more...

Where do you draw the line between a humble man who knows his own weaknesses but tries to act out virtues he hasn't quite mastered yet, and a proud man who pretends to have those virtues without the slightest intention of acquiring them? more...

It wasn't so bad being a slave when your owner was yourself and stood up for you. more...

Knowing something may be a terrible burden to bear, but it holds no danger to them as aren't afraid of truth. more...

That is the ultimate power, to stare death in the face and be unafraid. more...

I've seen Australia and I've lived on an asteroid and I'd take the asteroid. more...

It just gripes me hollow, the way God always sneaks in to take the credit. more...

Religion makes them crazy. Not a woman I ever met wasn't crazy with religion. more...

We don't admit it to ourselves, not until the very moment of death, but in that moment, we see all life before us and we understand how we chose, every day of our lives, the manner of our death. more...

Some men are great enough that they can love a whole woman, and not just part of her. more...

Perhaps you don't desire poetry as much as you would like to have my torchy knowledge of your possible futures, but I dare say poetry will do you far more good. For knowing the future only makes you timid and complacent by turns, while poetry can shape you into the kind of souls who can face any future with boldness and wisdom and nobility, so that you need not know the future at all, so that any future will be an opportunity for greatness, if you have greatness in you. more...

I've learned much, Father, and this above all: that no station in life is above any other, if it's occupied by someone with a good heart. more...

The dreamers always seem to think their dream is worth the price that other people will pay. They also delude themselves that they will control whatever evil they use to try to bring about their dream. more...

Just because the only way you can maintain control over your bodily passions is to sit straight in your chair, knees together, hands delicately arranged in our lap, fingers tightly intertwined, does not mean that I am required to do the same. more...

The fear of death in the one place was not as strong as another kind of fear, the fear of a world gone crazy, a place where anything could happen, where nothing could be trusted, where nothing was certain. A terrible place. more...

That's how it goes within a family. You think you know each other so well, and so you don't bother hardly getting to know each other at all. more...

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

My own feeling is that human happiness is a very random thing, and bestows itself willy-nilly, and there's not much deserving about the matter. more...

Perhaps I'm hiding from myself. Perhaps I don't want to be what I'm supposed to be. Or perhaps I don't want to keep living the life I already started to live. more...

It has been my experience that the better a man you are, the more folks there are who resent you for it, and find occasion to get angry at you no matter how kindly meant your deeds may be. more...

My father always said that government is like watching another man piss in your boot. Someone feels better but it certainly isn't you. more...

When I am drunk I am at my best. It is the national knack of the French. more...

If it isn't a wonderful story first, who cares how "important" it is? more...

The only true vision comes not from God but from the inmost recesses of the human mind. more...

Just because you believe it doesn't make it so. more...

It is a weak man who blames his failures on the strength of others. more...

A man who can't read only knows what other folks tell him. more...

The funny thing was, you see, that Mike Fink didn't think of himself as a murderer. He thought of life as a contest, and dying was what happened to those who came out second best, but it wasn't the same as murder, it was a fair fight. more...

You spend your whole life grieving for those who haven't died yet. more...

What you are is a man who means to be good, and undo the bad he's done, and that's as good as any man ever gets. more...

Whenever the law gets its hands on you, those who use the law to their own advantage will also turn it against you. Don't put your trust in the laws of men, Alvin. They were designed by strong men to improve their power over weaker ones. more...

War was never so careful as to inflict suffering only where it was merited. more...

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

To expect wickedness from human beings is the best way I know of to avoid surprises. And when I am surprised, it's always pleasantly. more...

I'm neutral on lying, seeing as how there's times when the truth just hurts people. more...

How short life is for fools. more...

It is the essence of dignity to pretend to desire what you cannot prevent. more...

A rustic setting always suggests fantasy; to suggest science fiction, you need sheet metal and plastic. You need rivets. more...

I don't know a soul who doesn't maintain two separate lists of doctrines the ones that they believe that they believe; and the ones that they actually try to live by. more...

I always tell what I believe. Whether it's true, I'm no more sure than any man. more...

I own the whole world, and folks haven't been keeping up too well on the payments. more...

The Maker is the one who is part of what he makes. more...

I don't know why people who got what they need to be happy don't just go ahead and be happy. more...

I think that a good person can sometimes do wrong out of ignorance or weakness or wrong thinking, but when hard times come, the goodness wins out after all. And a bad person can often seem good and trustworthy for a long time, but when hard times come, the evil in him gets revealed. more...

Debased men, but they all had something in common: They showed a keen regard for virtue, and tried to dress themselves in that costume. Hypocrisy, for all its bad reputation, at least showed a decent respect for goodness. more...

The first of a thousand lies. Truth flowed to Micah Quill, was sucked in and disappeared, and emerged again looking ever so much like it used to, but changed subtly, at the edges, where none would notice, so that simple truth became a complicated fabric indeed, one that could wrap you up so tightly and close you off from the air until you suffocated in it. more...

Folks always seemed to think that as long as they didn't know about something bad, it wasn't happening, so whoever told them actually caused it to be true. more...

And enough for me that when my hand touched your shoulder, you leaned on me; and when you felt me slip away, you called my name. more...

Madness, and then illumination. more...


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