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"The opposite. I love only life. But life can only continue in the face of death."

The Worthing Saga
Submitted by Michael Sung

"...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."

Speaker for the Dead
Submitted by Andrea Martin

Only one rabbi dared to expect of us such a perfect balance that we could preserve the law and still forgive the deviation. So, of course, we killed him.

Speaker for the Dead
Submitted by Joe Rybicki

"I thought you said you likd this kid."
"If the buggers get him, they'll make me look like his favorite uncle."
"All right. We're saving the world, after all. Take him."

Ender's Game
Submitted by David Tayman

The great forces of history were real, after a fashion. But when you examined them closely, those great forces always came down to the dreams and hungers and judgments of individuals. The choices they made were real. They mattered.

Atlantis
Submitted by Dan Beaver-Seitz

Everybody dies. What matters is what you do between now and when it happens to you.

Treasure Box
Submitted by Wesley Hood

"I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Luke Anderson

"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Saudade Hernandez Salas

Ender would be pleased - every one of them was stupid.
Ender's Game
Submitted by David Posey

Oops, I thought. Oops is an all-purpose word standing for every bit of profanity, blasphemy, and pornographic and scatological execration I could think of.

Flux -- I Put My Blue Genes On
Submitted Anonymously

"All the stories are fictions. What matters is which fiction you believe."

Children of the Mind
Submitted by Albert Pittman

The screen went blank, and words appeared.
PLAY AGAIN?
Ender's Game
Submitted by John West

"Your trust in rationality makes you irrational."
Children of the Mind
Submitted by Jacob Porter

"Religion is tied to the deepest feelings people have. The love that arises from that stewing pot is the sweetest and strongest, but the hate is the hottest, and the anger is the most violent."

Children of the Mind
Submitted by Jacob Porter

And it came into Hooch's mind that when both parties are lying and they both know the other party's lying, it comes powerful close to being the same thing as telling the truth.

Red Prophet
Submitted by R.M. Davis

At last he came to a door, with these words in glowing emeralds:
THE END OF THE WORLD
He did not hesitate. He opened the door and stepped through.
Ender's Game
Submitted by Adrian Covert

"This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?"
"I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?"
"Yes," she said.
"That's influenza," said Miro. "Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours."

Children of the Mind
Submitted by Jacob Porter

"As a matter of fact, Rice Krispies are favored by solitary people."
Maps in a Mirror -- But We Try Not to Act Like It
Submitted by Seth Dellinger

"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one. Or at least as close as we're going to get."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Clayton Bassett

Well, I'm your man. I'm the bloody bastard you wanted when you had me spawned. I'm your tool, and what difference does it make if I hate the part of me that you most need? What difference does it make that when the little serpents killed me in the game, I agreed with them, and was glad.

Ender's Game
Submitted by Clayton Bassett

Forget it, Mazer. 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's Game
Submitted by Clayton Bassett

"If human beings are all monsters, why should I sacrifice anything for them?"
"Because they are beautiful monsters..., And when they live in a network of peace and hope, when they trust the world and their deepest hungers are fulfilled, then within that system, that delicate web, there is joy. That is what we live for, to bind the monsters together, to murder their fear and give birth to their beauty."

Wyrms
Submitted by Morry Boardman

"Isn't that the sweetest little well-balanced undergraduate-level philosophy of life."

Children of the Mind
Submitted by Ray Aiken

"Knowledge is just opinion that you trust enough to act upon."
Children of the Mind
Submitted by Karen Litzau

"Doesn't it make you wonder about your own sexual identity, not to mention your sanity, that the two women you love are, respectively, a virtual woman existing only in the transient ansible connections between computers and a woman whose soul is in fact that of a man who is the husband of your mother?"

Children of the Mind
Submitted by Emily Winchip

Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.
Ender's Game
Submitted by Cole Daniels

"I went back through some of the tapes. I can't help it. I like the kid. I think we're going to screw him up."
"Of course we are. It's our job. We're the wicked witch. We promise gingerbread, but we eat the little bastards alive."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Nick Wilson

"I am your enemy, the first one you've ever had who was smarter than you. There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will ever tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you. I am your enemy from now on. From now on, I am your teacher."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Newell Wright

"I thought: If I could just make a good family, if I could just learn to be to other children, their whole lives, what Andrew was, coming so late into ours, then that would mean more in the long run, it would be a finer accomplishment than anything I could ever do with my mind or my hands.

Xenocide
Submitted by Alice Feng

"If they were servants by nature," said Colon, " you wouldn't have to beat them to get them to obey. It's a brave man who beats a little child. They'll no doubt write songs about your courage."

Pastwatch
Submitted by Bridget Idler

"Once you duct-tape a Ziploc bag to a man's chest, there's no going back."
Treasure Box
Submitted by Cecil Midgett

"I've lived too long with pain. I won't know who I am without it."
Ender's Game
Submitted by Jonathan Claybaugh

"We have to go. I'm almost happy here."
Ender's Game
Submitted by Milin Balsara

And they were gnawed with in by the grief of knowing that this greatest gift of all gifts was forever out of their reach.

Cruel Miracles -- Mortal Gods
Submitted by Harry Bartell

Quentin had never been beaten up. He had, however, seen the Rodney King tape.

Treasure Box
Submitted by Norman Peeler

Sometimes it was very nice to have money and lawyers. Why ordinary people didn't strangle arrogant bureaucrats more often, Quentin didn't know.

Treasure Box
Submitted by Thomas Christie

Quentin immediately quoted: "'Whenever I hear you saying, Rise and shine, rise and shine, it makes me think how lucky dead people are!'"

Treasure Box
Submitted by Thomas Christie

Love is random; fear is inevitable.
Pastwatch
Submitted by Heather Allen

"You're only so sure you're right because they're so sure you're wrong."
Xenocide
Submitted Anonymously

...but that doesn't give them the right to decide the meaning of my life as if I were some dream. I decide the meaning. If my life is a dream then it's my dream, I'm the dreamer.

Lovelock
Submitted by Brad Rohrer

"Good people do not let others suffer needlessly"
Pastwatch
Submitted by James Reynolds

..."the story the oversoul tells me fits all the facts that I see. Your story, in which I'm endlessly deceived, can also explain all those facts. I have no way of knowing that your story is not true-but you have no way of knowing that my story isn't true. So I will choose the one that I love. I will choose the one that, if it's true, makes this reality one worth living in. I'll act as if the life I hope for is real life,and the life that disgusts me-your life, your view of life-is the lie."

The Call of Earth
Submitted by Travis Johnson

"Everything possible to be believed is an image of the truth."
Seventh Son
Submitted by David White

...all of a sudden they both felt their arms pretty near wrenched right out of their sockets and then they were dragged around, grabbed by the collars, and smacked together so hard their noses bled and they saw stars.
      "You're lucky I took me a vow of nonviolence," said Mike Fink, "or you'd be suffering some pain right now."

Alvin Journeyman
Submitted by Clayton Bassett

"The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them."

Xenocide
Submitted by Chip Boles

"Please don't disillusion me. I haven't had breakfast yet."
Children of the Mind
Submitted by Emily L. Christensen

"Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Martha W. Porschet

"Good people can't out-think evil, cause evil thinks of things good folks can't think of."

Homebody
Submitted by Donald Force

It is the downfall of evil, that it never sees far enough ahead.
Stone Tables
Submitted by Matthew D. Reames

"Then I'll tell the truth. We're allowed to do that in emergencies. We can't plan for everything, you know."

Ender's Game
Submitted by Ben Saufley

"... Christians have been expecting the imminent end of the world for millennia."
"But it keeps not ending."
"So far, so good."

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Anonymous

"I'm right here. This is who I really am. I'm not pretending."

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Anonymous

"Trying to shock nuns is not much sport. There is no trophy."

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Anonymous

"We could live forever, if we were willing to be stupid the whole time."
"Surely you're not saying that God had to choose between long life and intelligence for human beings!"
"It's there in your own Bible, Carlotta. Two trees knowledge and life. You eat of the tree of knowledge, and you will surely die. You eat of the tree of life, and you remain a child in the garden forever, undying."

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Anonymous

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

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Anonymous

"Your mother surrounds you every moment," she said. "I know, because I feel her love for you in my own arms, around you now."

Enchantment
Submitted by Anonymous

"... if he was a good man, how could he leave me? So he must not be a good man. But if he isn't good, then why does it hurt so much to lose him?"

Enchantment
Submitted by Anonymous

"Like running the hurdles. Work so hard, jump over every one, fast, high enough but no higher, because you can't afford to hang in the air. And then, when the race is over, you're dripping with sweat, either they beat you or you beat them ... and then a couple of guys come out and move the hurdles out of the way. Turns out they were nothing. All that work to jump over them, but now they're gone."

Enchantment
Submitted by Anonymous

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

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

He luxuriated in the sound of high language well spoken.

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

Analyzing things was fine, but good reflexes could save your life.

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

These other kids didn't know love when they saw it.

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

Know, think, choose, do.

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

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

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

Or at least she hoped it with such fervor that it felt like certainty.

Ender's Shadow
Submitted by Jane Brady

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