When it comes down to it, though, the real decision is inevitable: If one of us has to be destroyed, let’s make damn sure we’re the ones alive at the end.
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.
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.
All education is self-education,
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.