You Have To Understand Your Enemies Before Defeating Them

A powerful quote that will change your perspectives

Stefania Simon
The Shortform


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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. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.
Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

This quote illustrates the importance of compassion, also implying that hatred can be a lack of understanding in disguise.

The main character plays games so well — and wins — because he is able to understand the enemy and inspire loyalty.

Whether you apply it in commonplace negotiations, day-to-day arguments, fights, or games, this life lesson can support you in achieving anything you want.