"Remember," said Ender. "The enemy's gate is down."
Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners ... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking ... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths ... And sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.
You were my anchor, and I am chained to everything I tried to leave behind.
On a great plain, where no light shone from the iron-dark sky, and where a mist obscured the horizon on every side. The ground was bare earth, beaten flat by the pressure of millions of feet, even though those feet had less weight than feathers; so it must have been time that pressed it flat, even though time had been stilled in this place; so it must have been the way things were. This was the end of all places and the last of all worlds.
On the eve of the end, as the world around us collides, somehow we still beg...
Give us a sign.
Thatís what my teachers used to say
While they kick a bunch of crap that I forgot anyway
Educationís important to make a man complete
But everything I learned in school
I learned again on the street
"...The best reason for committing loathsome and detestable acts - and let's face it, I am considered something of an expert in this field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the taste of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone with an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare that is..."
Acheron Hades - Degeneracy for Pleasure and Profit