There are miracles even reactivity can’t pull off, Ender
Everything we do means something, Ender realized. Them laughing. Me not laughing. He toyed with the idea of trying to be like the other boys. But he couldn’t think of any jokes, and none of theirs seemed funny. Wherever their laughter came from, Ender couldn’t find such a place in himself.
that the only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge.
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.
I don’t say ‘fail’. I saw we aim and miss. But we still hit something.
The stone loves you. Don’t you see it? Hasn’t it shown you its love all your life?
You accomplish exactly as much as the people who serve you decide you’ll accomplish, and nothing more.
I carry the seeds of death within me and plant them wherever I linger long enough to love. My parents died so others could live; now I live, so others must die.
I’ll accept that for now because there’s a limit to how deeply I want to wade into your bullshit,’ said Dimak.
Once these two had been joined together in love, or something like love; they had made two babies, and yet, only fifteen years later, the last tie between them was broken now. All lost, all gone. Nothing lasted, nothing. Even this forty-million-year world that the Oversoul had preserved as if in ice, even it would melt before the fire. 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.
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.