Ender's Game Quotes
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Ender spread his hands over the child-size keyboard near the edge of the desk and wondered what it would feel like to have hands as large as a grown-up's. They must feel so big and awkward, thick s...
"Not a joke, a game. I can make you guys believe anything. I can make you dance around like puppets." (2.64)
I have to win this now, and for all time, or I’ll fight it ever day and it will get worse and worse. (1.78)
“Too willing to submerge himself in someone else’s will. […] So what do we do? Surround him with enemies all the time?” (1.4-6)
“You did better. They think you're better. But I don't want a better little brother, Ender. I don't want a Third.” (2.45)
“Ender, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I know how it feels, I’m sorry, I’m your brother, I love you.” (2.76)
Not enemies, not friends, but brothers – able to live in the same house. (1.16)
Strength and Skill Quotes
He always knew the answer, even when she thought he wasn’t paying attention. (1.50)
Ender leaned his head against the wall of the corridor and cried until the bus came. I am just like Peter. Take my monitor away, and I am just like Peter. (1.82)
Freedom and Confinement Quotes
“Human beings are free except when humanity needs them.” (4.81)