Enders Game Quotes by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game Quotes
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 is telling Valentine why he hates himself. He is able to understand his enemies better than anyone else, but once he understands them he destroys them. With such tremendous empathy, even in coming to understand his worst enemies Ender loves them. This means that when he crushes them he is hurting himself in the process. Ender does not want to have enemies, so that he will not be forced to hurt anybody. He will love even those who seem to be his most bitter enemies when he properly understands them.
by Orson Scott Card
It's the teachers, they're the enemy. This quote is said by Dink, but a similar issue comes up with Petra earlier 7. - Ender's Game centers on Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young boy who is being trained to become a leader in the war against an alien race.
Colonel Graff: There's only one kid on this launch with any brains at all so far, and that's Ender Wiggin. Ender Wiggin: Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones, too. So they'd leave me alone. Ender Wiggin: 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.