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Ender's Shadow

Orson Scott Card

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“A broken clock is right two times a day.”

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

“Wiggin really doesn't care as much about himself as he does about these other kids who aren't worth five minutes of his time. And yet this may be the very trait that makes everyone focus on him. Maybe this is why all those stories Sister Carlotta told him, Jesus always had a crowd around him.Maybe this is why I'm so afraid of Wiggen. Because he's the alien, not me. He's the unintelligible one, the unpredictable one. He's the one who doesn't do things for sensible, predictable reasons. I'm going to survive, and once you know that, there's nothing more to know about me. Him, though, he could do anything.”

“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.”

“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.”

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bean, stupidity, sister-carlotta, humorous, inspirational, suicide, shame, graff, two-heads-are-better-than-one

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