Notable Quotables | Ender’s Shadow

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All of the books I own written by Orson Scott Card have numerous flags in them, marking off quotes that I don’t ever want ot forget, and Ender’s Shadow is no exception.

And, as usual, the quotes range from deep and thought provoking to snarky and witty.

On human nature:

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

We could live forever, if we were willing to be stupid the whole time.

I’m afraid, Bean thought, because I don’t see how I can ever be so tall.

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.

On education:

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 can’t rule out the impossible, because you never know which of your assumptions about what was possible might turn out, in the real universe, to be false.

On the human mind:

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

On family:

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

…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.

And just being plain old snarky:

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

“I’m not stupid!” In Bean’s experience, that was a sentence never uttered except to prove its own inaccuracy.

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

And one of my favourite paraphrasings of all time:

I saw, I wrote, and the world changed a little.


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