"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it."
— Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda (taken from a Chinese proverb)
Death: There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the market-place and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
— Sheppey, Somerset Maugham
" I was expecting to meet you in Pseudopolis."
"My own belief is that Russian and Chinese behaviour is as much influenced by suspicion of our intentions as ours is by suspicion of theirs. This would mean that we have great influence over their behaviour - that, by treating them as hostile, we assure their hostility."
— J. William Fulbright
"Prophecy and prescience — How can they be put to the test in the face of the unanswered questions? Consider: How much is actual prediction of the "wave form" (as Muad'Dib referred to his vision-image) and how much is the prophet shaping the future to fit the prophecy? What of the harmonics inherent in the act of prophecy? Does the prophet see the future or does he see a line of weakness, a fault or cleavage that he may shatter with words or decisions as a diamond-cutter shatters his gem with a blow of a knife?"
— Princess Irulan, Dune, "Private Reflections on Muad'Dib"
"Some [visions] never come to be, unless those that behold the visions turn aside from their path to prevent them."
— Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings
"Columbia starts off perfectly fine, resembling an idyllic, cartoonishly racist Disneyland, until Father Comstock, city leader and alleged prophet, marks out DeWitt as the guy who's destined to fuck everyone up, so he's forced to fuck everyone up after they all turn on him for being the guy who was going to fuck everyone up."
"If I am granted a vision of the future, I will not try to prevent anything that I see. It never works."
"The fear of not being able to buy guns has led to buying so many guns that now we can't buy any guns just like we feared."
"21st-century readers are no doubt aware that this "self-fulfilling prophesy" approach has been done quite literally to death over the course of 2500 years. All that remains to be innovated there is "how to trick the protagonist into creating the future he seeks to prevent, while preventing the reader from seeing this as a rehash of Oedipus Rex." Have you ever read one of these stories, or seen one of these films, and wanted to poke your eyes out? Now you know why. "