Ender’s Game – Quotes
Col . Graff: Raised on war games, their decisions are intuitive.
Col. Graff: Let’s see how he handles rejection.
Ender: You might be thinking of ganging up on me, but just remember what I do to people who try to hurt me.
Ender: I’m a third. I should never have been born.
Ender’s mom: No—we wanted you. We just needed permission.
Ender: Knocking him down was the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too.
Col. Graff: It was tactical, a strategy to stop future attack.
Col. Graff: Young people integrate complex data more easily than grown ups.[IF there’s a chance you can stop [the formecs], then I have to ask you to come with me.
Ender: That’s what I was born for, right?
Ender: Valentine was too compassionate for battle. Peter was too quick to battle. Colonel Hiram says I have to find a balance between those two emotions.
Ender: Sir, you made them hate me.
Col. Graff says they need Ender to be the next Napolean or Julius Caesar.
Ender: Julius Caesar was assassinated and Napolean lost in the end.
Major Anderson: He has a complicated relationship with authority. He’s trying to please the overbearing father figure and resent the lack of affection.
Ender: Zero gravity. There’s no up or down. We need a way to orient ourselves. What if an enemy breaches a door?
Col. Graff: These are not your friends. They are your competition.
Ender: I thought our privacy rights had been restored.
Col. Graff: Your right to think privately has been restored, but your unfiltered thoughts will not be allowed to leave this facility.
Ender: I thought it was a legitimate question. You said if we had a legitimate question…
Sergeant Dap: Drop and give me twenty!
Sergeant Dap: I will never salute to you!
Ender: Yes, you will, sir.
Sergeant Dap: Do not speak unless spoken to!
Ender: Sir, yes sir!—Even if I have a legitimate question?
Trainer: This is basic rocket science, people. Ender, get down here and explain.
Not every battle can be won.
Cadet about Ender playing the video game: You killed him. Why?
Ender: That’s what they want from us.
Petra: At least you don’t have any bad habits.
Ender: I don’t’ have any good ones, either.
Petra: I can teach you those.
Ender: I will follow all commands you are authorized to give, but if you take away my free time, I will get you iced.
Ender: I know you want to trade me, but no one will take me if I don’t have any skills.
Bonzo: I already gave an order, they all heard it.
Ender: If you change your mind tomorrow, you’ll look generous and I’ll get to train. Everyone wins.
Ender: I find it hard to respect someone just because they out rank me.
Col. Graff: No dragon army every won a game.
Ender: Then why not a new name?
Col. Graff: Because we already have the uniforms.
Ender: Soldiers are being notified right now. Do you think they’ll follow me?
Bernard: What am I doing here? You don’t even like me.
Ender: I didn’t select this army, but I intend to make it the best it can be, and I think you can help with that. Do you think I’m wrong?
Bernard: No sir.
Col. Graff: Don’t hate me, boy. I am not the enemy.
Ender: I am not so sure.
Major Anderson to Col. Graff: You really don’t see them as children.
Major Anderson: When it’s over, what will be left of the boy?
Col. Graff: What does it matter if we lose the war?
Valentine: You just want him to reenlist.
Col. Graff: I want him to save lives.
Valentine: And what about his life?
Major Anderson: It used to be a war crime to enlist children before the age of 15.
Col. Graff: After we win the war, we can debate [moral ethics].
Ender: I think it’s impossible to truly understand your enemy without loving them as they love themselves.
Ender: Dear Val, I wish there was another way, but war seems inevitable. Love, Ender
Ender: I still know nothing about my enemy. What if they could speak?
Petra: They have no vocal chords.
Ender: But there are other ways to communicate. What if we could feel what they feel?
Col. Graff: With this battle, you won all future battles. You’ve destroyed them for us.
Ender: Stay away from me. You lied. I killed an entire species. They waited. Were they simply preparing an army, or preparing to defend themselves?
Ender: I will bear the shame of this forever.
Col. Graff: You will be remembered as a hero for this.
Col. Graff: We won, that’s all that matters.
Ender: No! The way we won matters.
Ender: What if they could talk to us? What were they thinking? What if we could think to them?
Ender: I now know my dreams were never my own.
Ender: I know the formecs better than any living soul. I stole their future from her. Now it’s up to me to make it right.
Ender: I need to find if I am as gifted at peace as I am at war.