25 Ender’s Game Quotes From The Orson Scott Card Novel

Ender’s Game is a military science fiction novel from 1985 written by American author Orson Scott Card.

These Ender’s Game quotes are from several characters, including Ender, Colonel Graff, and Mazer Rackham.

In 2013, the book was adapted to film and starred Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford.

The events of the book are set at an unspecified date in Earth’s future.

Humankind is in danger after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species also known as the ‘buggers.’

A third invasion is imminent.

Children, including the novel’s protagonist, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, are trained from a very young age.

The training comprises the children taking part in tough games, including some in zero gravity.

Ender turns out to be a tactical genius.

The novel has been translated into 34 languages and has become a cult favorite among fans.

It has also been adapted into two comic book series.

These Ender’s Game quotes come from both the book and the movie!

Keep reading through to the end to learn more about the movie if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Ender’s Game quotes from Colonel Graff

1. “Let’s see how he handles rejection.” — Colonel Graff

2. “There’s only one kid on this launch with any brains at all so far, and that’s Ender Wiggin.” — Colonel Graff

3. “You have a habit of upsetting your commander.” — Colonel Graff

4. “Don’t threaten me, boy, I’m not the enemy.” — Colonel Graff

5. “I want him to save lives.” — Colonel Graff

6. “We won! That’s all that matters.” — Colonel Graff

7. “I told them you were the best. We need a Julius Caesar, a Napoleon.” — Colonel Graff

8. “Well, that does make me feel a little better. I thought I was the only one.” — Colonel Graff

9. “He’s clean. Right to the heart, he’s good.” — Colonel Graff

10. “There is an art to it, and I’m very, very good at it. But enjoy? Well, maybe. When they put back the pieces afterward, and it makes them better.” — Colonel Graff

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Ender’s Game quotes from Ender Wiggin

11. “We have to go. I’m almost happy here.” — Ender Wiggin

12. “I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me, sir.” — Ender Wiggin

13. “I need to find out if I’m as gifted at peace as I am at war.” — Ender Wiggin

14. “I’ve lived too long with pain. I won’t know who I am without it.” — Ender Wiggin

15. “Knocking him down was the first fight. I wanted to win all the others, so they’d leave me alone.” — Ender Wiggin

16. “I don’t care if I pass your test. I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly. I’ll beat you unfairly first.” — Ender Wiggin

17. “They’ve awarded me the rank of Admiral and left me to my own devices, which suits me fine. I’ll travel the universe and carry with me a precious cargo. Because I have a promise to keep.” — Ender Wiggin

18. “If anybody has an idea they think is better than mine, I wanna hear it. I can’t be expected to do all the thinking in this army, can I, Bean?” — Ender Wiggin

19. “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.” — Ender Wiggin

20. “I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.” — Ender Wiggin

Ender’s Game quotes from Mazer Rackham

21. “I am your enemy, the first one you’ve ever had who was smarter than you.” — Mazer Rackham

22. “There is no teacher but the enemy.” — Mazer Rackham

23. “No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do.” — Mazer Rackham

24. “No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer.” — Mazer Rackham

25. “Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong.” — Mazer Rackham

Ender’s Game—book versus movie

A film adaptation was directed by Gavin Hood.

Card co-produced the film.

While the book may have received primarily positive reviews, the movie did not fare so well.

In fact, Ender’s Game got mixed reviews from critics and bombed at the box office, grossing only $125.5 million on a $110–115 million budget.

Many people were not happy with the differences between the book and the movie.

The film begins with a historical context of why humans are fighting the aliens, instead of the more detailed view in the book.

Ender is also aged up in the movie.

When we meet him in the book, he is a six-year-old child.

However, in the movie, he is much older.

He is also much less violent in the movie version.

We also see much less of Ender’s siblings in the movie.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Ender’s Game quotes and lines?

Have you read the book and watched the movie?

What was the biggest difference you noticed?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Danielle is the Managing Editor for EverydayPower.com. She has a Master's in Management and Leadership and is also a Life Coach. These skills, coupled with her background, both professional and personal, help her write on a variety of topics. This content is centered on team and self-development, trauma, motivation, and other inspirational messages. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. When not writing she can found reading, cooking, and helping others overcome obstacles in their daily lives.
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