Orson Scott Card Quotes

Who is Orson Scott Card?

Orson Scott Card is an American science fiction writer known for Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.

Born August 24, 1951
Age 71 years old

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Best 8 Quotes by Orson Scott Card

Alvin Journeyman Quotes

“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”

Alvin Journeyman

Ender's Game Quotes

“If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault.”

Ender's Game

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

Ender's Game

“Since when do you have to tell the enemy when he has won?”

Ender's Game

Pathfinder Quotes

“For children love is a feeling; for adults, it is a decision. Children wait to learn if their love is true by seeing how long it lasts; adults make their love true by never wavering from their commitment.”


Speaker for the Dead Quotes

“As long as you keep getting born, it's all right to die sometimes.”

Speaker for the Dead

“No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins.”

Speaker for the Dead

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Xenocide Quotes

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


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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

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