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