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100 Orson Scott Card Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Orson Scott Card Sayings: Just as [he] had expected. The preacher retreated to authority as soon as he feared Just as [he] 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 ...
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: I find out what I really want by seeing what I do," said Ender. "That's I find out what I really want by seeing what I do," said Ender. "That's what we all do, if we're honest about it. We have our feelings, we make our decisions, but in the end we look back on our lives and see how sometimes we ignored our feelings, while most of our decisions were actually rationalizations because we had already decided in our secret hearts before we ever recognized it consciously.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: You talk so sweet I bet you have to suck on salt for half and You talk so sweet I bet you have to suck on salt for half and hour to get the taste of sugar out of your mouth.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your 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
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: The kid is scary. The kid is scary.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: What I depend on is a vigorous audience that can discover sweetness and light, beauty What I depend on is a vigorous audience that can discover sweetness and light, beauty and truth, beyond the ability of the artist, on his own, to create them.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: Children are a perpetual, self-renewing underclass, helpless to escape from the decisions of adults until Children are a perpetual, self-renewing underclass, helpless to escape from the decisions of adults until they become adults themselves. And
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: Want my security system now?" Ender got up and walked away from his bed. "Ender," Want my security system now?" Ender got up and walked away from his bed. "Ender," said Alai. Ender turned around. Alai was holding a little piece of paper. "What is it?" Alai looked up at him. "Don't you know? This was on your bed. You must have sat on it." Ender took it from him. ENDER WIGGIN ASSIGNED SALAMANDER ARMY COMMANDER BONZO MADRID EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY CODE GREEN GREEN BROWN NO POSSESSIONS TRANSFERRED "You're smart, Ender, but you don't do the
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: It was as if the boundary between friendship and love was so thin and imperceptible It was as if the boundary between friendship and love was so thin and imperceptible that one could cross it without even knowing it was there.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: Here's the secret that every successful software company is based on: You can domesticate programmers 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.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: How many times are you two going to have to save me from myself before How many times are you two going to have to save me from myself before this whole drama runs its course?" asked Peter. "I think ... six times," said Father. "No, eight," said Mother. "You two think you're so cute," said Peter. "Mm-hm." "Yep.
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Orson Scott Card Sayings: I buy way too many books. I buy way too many books.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Your dream is a good one. [ ... ] The desire that is the very 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Women always said things like that, and it made him crazy. It's as if every Women always said things like that, and it made him crazy. 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. If, just once, the man could understand, really comprehend the whole of the conversation, then the perfect union between male and female would be possible. But instead men and women continue to cohabit, even to love each other, without ever quite crossing over the chasm of misunderstanding between them.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: None of us could be happy for long, doing nothing. None of us could be happy for long, doing nothing.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I know I'm a Third, I know it, if you want I'll go away so I know I'm a Third, I know it, if you want I'll go away so you don't have to be embarrassed in front of everybody, I'm sorry I lost the monitor and now you have three kids and no obvious explanation, so inconvenient for you, I'm sorry sorry sorry.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Ender began to eat, slowly and carefully, pretending not to notice he was the center Ender began to eat, slowly and carefully, pretending not to notice he was the center of attention.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: You just live in the place you're in, you don't worry about where you used You just live in the place you're in, you don't worry about where you used to be or where you wish you were, here is where you are and here's where you've got to find a way to survive
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I need you to be clever, Bean. I need you to think of solutions to 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: It was all your genes that made us geniuses, mom. said peter. we sure didn't 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
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: When you walk on the face of a world, then forgiveness comes. When you walk on the face of a world, then forgiveness comes.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We are wise to be cautious, but I suggest we prepare for the worst and We are wise to be cautious, but I suggest we prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: It just gripes me hollow, the way God always sneaks in to take the credit. It just gripes me hollow, the way God always sneaks in to take the credit.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Too proud to change your name in exchange for a job.""Not proud, sir," said Runnel. Too proud to change your name in exchange for a job."
"Not proud, sir," said Runnel. "But Runnel of Farzibeck won't die here to have a waterless coward rise in his place.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: But shouldn't they still act like children? They aren't normal. They act likehistory. Napoleon and But shouldn't they still act like children? They aren't normal. They act like
history. Napoleon and Wellington. Caesar and Brutus.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Going to say it anyway," said Graff. "Poor fool of a boy. Pacifism only works Going to say it anyway," said Graff. "Poor fool of a boy. Pacifism only works with an enemy that can't bear to do murder against the innocent. How many times are you lucky enough to get an enemy like that?
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I'll become exactly the tool you want me to be, said Ender silently, but at I'll become exactly the tool you want me to be, said Ender silently, but at least I wont be fooled into it. I'll do it because I choose to, not because you tricked me, you sly bastard.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Intellectuals seemed to think that their life - the life of the mind, the endless Intellectuals seemed to think that their life - the life of the mind, the endless self examination, the continuous autobiography afflicted upon all comers-was somehow higher than the repetitive, meaningless lives of the common people. Virlomi knew the opposite to be true. The intellectuals in the university were all the same. They had precisely the same deep thoughts about exactly the same shallow emotions and trivial dilemmas. They knew this, unconsciously, themselves. When a real event happened, something that shook them to the heart, they withdraw from the game of university life, for reality had to be played out on a different stage.
In the villages, life was about life, not about one-upmanship and display. Smart people were valued because they could solve problems, not because they could speak pleasantly about them.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Ender, for the past few months you have been the battle commander of our fleets. Ender, for the past few months you have been the battle commander of our fleets. This was the Third Invasion. There were no games, the battles were real, and the only enemy you fought was the buggers.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Introduction!" And yet when a novel goes back to print for a new hardcover edition, Introduction!" And yet when a novel goes back to print for a new hardcover edition, there ought to be something new in it to mark the occasion (something besides the minor changes as I fix the errors and internal contradictions and stylistic excesses that have bothered me ever since the novel first appeared). 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! The novelet "Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card Sayings: It was funny. The adults taking all this so seriously, and the children playingalong, playing It was funny. The adults taking all this so seriously, and the children playing
along, playing along, believing it too until suddenly the adults went too far, tried too hard, and the children
could see through their game.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Unless he's really clever," said Theresa. "Smarter than us?" said Peter. He and John Paul Unless he's really clever," said Theresa. "Smarter than us?" said Peter. He and John Paul looked at each other. Then both of them shook their heads, said, "Naw," and then burst out laughing.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time I will love you forever, he thought. I am lying, he thought, and this time he was right
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Some men are great enough that they can love a whole woman, and not just Some men are great enough that they can love a whole woman, and not just part of her.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Peter, why do I get the idea that you are thinking of this as a Peter, why do I get the idea that you are thinking of this as a golden opportunity for Peter Wiggin?" "For both of us, Val." "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." "But we don't think like other children, do we, Val? We don't talk like other children. And above all, we don't write like other children." "For a discussion that began with death threats, Peter, we've strayed from the topic, I think.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Everyone dies. Everyone leaves. What matters is the things you build together before they go. 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The enemy's gate was down. The enemy's gate was down.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: As long as you keep getting born, it's all right to die sometimes As long as you keep getting born, it's all right to die sometimes
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The devil takes his victories," the man replied, "wherever men of God lose heart, and The devil takes his victories," the man replied, "wherever men of God lose heart, and leave the field to him.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: She will look at you as women look at men, and she will judge you 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: To want other people to grow. To want other people to have all the good To want other people to grow. To want other people to have all the good things that you have. And to spare them the bad things if you can. That was goodness.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: At some point, every science fiction and fantasy story must challenge the reader's experience and 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: And you're the one who thought it was too risky to go through a gate.""That's And you're the one who thought it was too risky to go through a gate."
"That's why we're such a great team," said Eric, "We're both completely stupid about different things.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The have influence, but no power.""In my experience, influence is power. The have influence, but no power."
"In my experience, influence is power.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe, until we met you, 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Truth, when we are fortunate enough to find it, is like bad-tasting medicine. It rarely 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Don't we all manipulate people? Even if we openly ask them to make a choice, 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 choose as we think they should?
Orson Scott Card Sayings: He always told the truth, but he didn't always tell it all. He always told the truth, but he didn't always tell it all.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Don't win loyalty, just obedience, and only while the lash is in the room. Don't win loyalty, just obedience, and only while the lash is in the room.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: These children had never looked death in the face and then chosen to live anyway. These children had never looked death in the face and then chosen to live anyway.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: You're saying Stevie's problems are because we taught him to believe in Santa Claus?" asked You're saying Stevie's problems are because we taught him to believe in Santa Claus?" asked Step, incredulous. "On the contrary. 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." "So Santa Claus is good," said Step. "Santa Claus is usually not maladaptive," said Dr. Weeks,
Orson Scott Card Sayings: ... I had seen the princess and let her lie there unawakened, because the happily ... I had seen the princess and let her lie there unawakened, because the happily ever after was so damnably much work.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: He was discovered with his feet stuck to the ceiling in the bathroom with his He was discovered with his feet stuck to the ceiling in the bathroom with his head stuffed in the toilet ...
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: So I don't even get a chance to learn before I'm being judged. So I don't even get a chance to learn before I'm being judged.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Good people can't out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can't think of. Good people can't out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can't think of.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The devil?" Jason heaved the tick over his shoulder like a collier with his sack. The devil?" Jason heaved the tick over his shoulder like a collier with his sack. "Satan. The adversary. The enemy of the plan of God. The undoer. The destroyer. Yes. He definitely was." Jason smiled. "But he meant well.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a The only people who ever prize purity of ignorance are those who profit from a monopoly on knowledge.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: How could Quing-jao know what the gods meant by anything? How could Quing-jao know what the gods meant by anything?
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We have discussed your definition, analyzed its ramifications to a reasonable depth, and accept it," We have discussed your definition, analyzed its ramifications to a reasonable depth, and accept it," said the expendable.
"Meaning I gave you what you wanted?"
"Ambition and desire are human traits. You gave us what we lacked.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Little children gladly accept even the strangest stories that others tell them, because they lack Little children gladly accept even the strangest stories that others tell them, because they lack either the context or the confidence to doubt. They go along because they don't know how to be alone, either physically or intellectually.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Knowledge is just opinion that you trust enough to act upon. Knowledge is just opinion that you trust enough to act upon.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Raise them up, and watch them do the same thing, generation after generation, so that Raise them up, and watch them do the same thing, generation after generation, so that when you die you know you are permanently a part of the great web of life. That you are not a loose thread, snipped off.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: When Achilles is most useful and loyal to you, that is when he has most When Achilles is most useful and loyal to you, that is when he has most certainly betrayed you?
Orson Scott Card Sayings: When there aren't any smart decisions, I suppose you just have to pick the stupid When there aren't any smart decisions, I suppose you just have to pick the stupid decision you like best.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: All boys? A few girls. They don't often pass the test to get in. Too All boys? A few girls. They don't often pass the test to get in. Too many centuries of evolution are working against them.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We need you to help us figure out how you can help us. We need you to help us figure out how you can help us.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: They were guilty of too much belief in a story they were told. Most people They were guilty of too much belief in a story they were told. Most people are able to hold most stories they're told in abeyance, to keep a little distance between the story and their inmost heart.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I once heard a tale of a man who split himself in two.The one part I once heard a tale of a man who split himself in two.
The one part never changed at all; the other grew and grew.
The changeless part was always true, The growing part was always new,
And I wondered, when the tale was through, Which part was me, and which was you.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Peace. That's what salaam means. Peace unto you.The words brought forth an echo from Ender's 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: There's never enough information ... That's the great tragedy of human knowledge. No matter how There's never enough information ... That's the great tragedy of human knowledge. No matter how much we think we know, we can never predict the future.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: What I want," he said softly, "is to stand in this meadow and walk in What I want," he said softly, "is to stand in this meadow and walk in the light of the sun.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: I hear they whip you for stealing.""Or put you in jail, or sell you into I hear they whip you for stealing."
"Or put you in jail, or sell you into slavery, or kill you, depending on the town and what mood they're in.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: There was no name for the disease; his body had gone insane, forgotten the blueprint 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: That's the difference between life and art, of course. Life has no frames, no curtains, That's the difference between life and art, of course. Life has no frames, no curtains, no beginnings and no endings.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The essence of training is to allow error without consequence. The essence of training is to allow error without consequence.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Even when they're asleep they're not asleep. Earthborn animals do this thing, inside their brains-a Even when they're asleep they're not asleep. Earthborn animals do this thing, inside their brains-a sort of mad firing-off of synapses, controlled insanity. While they're asleep. The part of their brain that records sight or sound, it's firing off every hour or two while they sleep; even when all the sights and sounds are complete random nonsense, their brains just keep on trying to assemble it into something sensible. They try to make stories out of it. It's complete random nonsense with no possible correlation to the real world, and yet they turn it into these crazy stories. And then they forget them. All that work, coming up with these stories, and when they wake up they forget almost all of them. But when they do remember, then they try to make stories about those crazy stories, trying to fit them into their real lives.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We're all tools in somebody's kit. But that doesn't mean we can't make tools out We're all tools in somebody's kit. But that doesn't mean we can't make tools out o other people. Or figure our interesting things to use ourselves for.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: From all wise men, O Lord, protect us. From all wise men, O Lord, protect us.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Who would expect less?" she said. " You're a Wiggin." " Whatever that means." He Who would expect less?" she said. " You're a Wiggin."
" Whatever that means." He said.
" It means that you are going to make a difference in the world.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Start kissing their little backsides so they'll love you again? There's only one thing that Start kissing their little backsides so they'll love you again? 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. I told them you were the best. Now you damn well
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Does it help if we're so strong-willed, stubborn, ambitious, and selfish that we always overcome 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: [H]e had come to work for what the fee could buy, and not for joy [H]e had come to work for what the fee could buy, and not for joy of the work itself.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Readers tend to like a character who is at least superficially like themselves. But they Readers tend to like a character who is at least superficially like themselves. But they quickly lose interest unless this particular character is somehow out of the ordinary. The character may wear the mask of the common man, but underneath his true face must always be the face of the hero.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: If our systems should fail, we would faithfully report the fact. We have no ego-protection If our systems should fail, we would faithfully report the fact. We have no ego-protection that would cause us to deceive you or ourselves. Whereasyou are engaged in ego-protection right now. You thought you would be necessary during the voyage, and you now discover that you were not. This makes you feel bad.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: This is the Speaker for the Dead? Judging someone by appearances?" "Maybe I've fallen in 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Ender understood more than she said. Manipulation of gravity was one thing; deception by the 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: The most evil creatures dont desire the destruction of everythingthey only desire to exploit it The most evil creatures dont desire the destruction of everythingthey only desire to exploit it for themselves.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Into the the air, into the earth, into the fire, I am with you. Into the the air, into the earth, into the fire, I am with you.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: the kind of person on whom you could put all your hopes, who could carry the kind of person on whom you could put all your hopes, who could carry all your fears, and he would not let you down, would not betray you. I
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Death is not a tragedy to the one who dies; to have wasted the life Death is not a tragedy to the one who dies; to have wasted the life before that death, that is the tragedy.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Of course, he didn't know anything about these Indonesians, or why they would have been Of course, he didn't know anything about these Indonesians, or why they would have been there at this moment to save his life, but the fact that they had guns and weren't firing them at him implied that for the moment, at least, they were his dearest friends.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: Me? I'm nothing. I'm a fart in the air conditioning. I'm always there, but most Me? I'm nothing. I'm a fart in the air conditioning. I'm always there, but most of the time nobody knows it.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: It has been my experience that the better a man you are, the more folks 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: She loved him. He loved her. In the absence of understanding, that was as good She loved him. He loved her. In the absence of understanding, that was as good a reason as any for living together and making babies and raising them up and throwing them out of the house and then going through the long slow decline together until one of them died and left the other alone again, understanding as little as ever about what their spouses really wanted, who they really were.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: We don't read novels to have an experience like life. Heck, we're living lives, complete 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.
Orson Scott Card Sayings: A minor request," said Mazer. "Let's not refer to it as the training cage. 'Training' A minor request," said Mazer. "Let's not refer to it as the training cage. 'Training' sounds laborious and regimented. Soldiers groan at the word. These men joined the IF to fight, sir. Let's call it the Battle Room.