Quotes / Foreshadowing

" [...]One day fate smiled upon the child, and so he came upon the implement of his destruction, decisions! Decisions! The outcome was not certain - Pro captu lectoris, habent sua fata libelli."

Malory: I'm sorry, but how is that "awesome"?
Archer: Because, pretty much my whole life I've wanted to fight some guys on the roof of a speeding train!
Kenny: Well find one of my boys. You might just get your wish, big guy.
Archer: Ooh, thanks Freddie Foreshadowing.

"And of course in stories there is always fate. It goes by the name of foreshadowing and is the emperor of everybody."
Percival Unck, Radiance

I keep doing that, I know. The foreshadowing. It's a cheap trick, a would-be writer's conceit, but it's also how life works. Everything is foreshadowed once it's happened, and I have now happened. The man I'm describing, the one still an hour away from Lake Tahoe, with a full bladder and an increasingly strident desire for a beer, is the man I was a few weeks ago. The guy who opened Book 'Em is the man I was over ten years back. The one who placed a ring on the finger of a feisty girl from Portland called Aerin (who lit up every room I ever saw her in, and who, I am sure, truly meant it when she swore she'd be forever true) is twenty-five years in the past. The cat's out of the bag in those lives. I know what happens, which road fate pushes those guys down. They become me. The person I am now, who casts a dark shadow back down his years, limiting everyone he once was.
We all cast shadows. They are dark.
Afterlife, by Michael Marshall Smith

Ness! Now, I... well... It's going to seem like I'm running away. But perhaps I'll just sneak away to another era to think about my next plan.
Porky Minch, EarthBound

Jad: Any advice at all? Something that's going to save my life?
Rosa: Don't open it.

So Ajax and Odysseus are all like ”Yo, Agamemnon’s willing to give you your girlfriend back, along with a ridiculous amount of wealth and a few Kingdoms if you get out there and help us fight” and Achilles is like “Nope! He’s a jerk. In fact, I’ll sail home tomorrow unless something really tragic and unnecessary happens to make me stay and fight. Hey, if it isn’t my best buddy Patroclus! I don’t know what I’d do if this guy died!” (that folks, are what we in the writing biz call “Foreshadowing”)