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This is the book that I received as my prize from the writing contest last fall. It is somewhat humanistic and fairly dark, but pretty good fiction. I hear there are other books in the series and I would be interested in reading them.


Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From ‘Ender’s Game’ By Orson Scott Card.


Sometimes lies are more dependable than the truth. *** It is forbidden to strike an opponent who lay on the ground. Only an animal would do that. *** We can’t plan on everything. *** Conscripts make for good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers. *** People change in six years. *** People do strange things for religion. *** As far as the rest of the biosphere is concerned, we could be wiped out and it would adjust, it would get on with the next step in evolution. But humanity doesn’t want to die. As a species we have evolved, survived. And the way we do it is by straining and straining and, at last every few generation, giving birth to genius. The one who events the wheel. And light. And flight. The one who builds a city, a nation, an empire. *** Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. *** Individual human beings are all tools that the others use to help us all survive. *** If any of you are thinking about being trouble makers, at least be clever about it. *** If you can’t do it twice, you can’t do it at all. *** In every army, surely, there is at least one worth knowing. *** Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they’ve been given. *** Fairness is a wonderful attribute; it has nothing to do with war. *** The world is always a democracy in times of flux and the man with the best voice will win. *** There is no combat without movement. *** Strategies and formations are nice, but they’re nothing if the soldiers don’t know how to handle themselves in battle. *** Knowing what a platoon can do is easy, getting them to do it is the hard part. *** I will remember this when I am defeated. To keep dignity and give honor where it’s due, so that defeat is not disgrace. *** One victory is not a habit.










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