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Orson Scott Card Quotes


An American author, critic, public speaker and conservative political activist.
(1951 - )

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Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
 

As long as you keep getting born, it's alright to die some times.
 

But in the meantime I became accustomed to the writing life and it would be hard to change now - partly because of the salary cut if I went to my other love, teaching; and partly because I still have stories to tell, even though it isn't all that fun doing the work anymore.
 

Everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
 

God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause.
 

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization - or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
 

I buy way too many books.
 

I don't believe that there are aliens. I believe there are really different people.
 

I fell into playwriting accidentally, took some classes in it, and also took creative writing classes, but I really didn't expect it to be a career because I didn't believe there was a way to make money as a playwright without being lucky and I didn't feel particularly lucky.
 

I have lived in the only decades I could have lived in, and hope to live through at least a few more.
 

I hope I am remembered by my children as a good father.
 

I listen to music constantly while writing.
 

I realized that everything important in sci-fi showed up in the magazines first. It's the proving ground for new writers and new ideas.
 

I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations. But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war.
 

I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration.
 

In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now.
 

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.
 

It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes.
 

Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books.
 

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