Foreshadowing Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Marilynne Robinson
“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing -- the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one's hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Kurt Cobain
“If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.”
Kurt Cobain

William Shakespeare
“Beware the ides of March.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Abraham Lincoln
“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”
Abraham Lincoln

J.K. Rowling
“Whatever house I'm in, I hope she's not in it.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Andy Weir
“The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations.”
Andy Weir, The Martian

Andrew Hussie
“The streets are empty. Wind skims the voids keeping neighbors apart, as if grazing the hollow of a cut reed, or say, a plundered mailbox. A familiar note is produced. It's the one Desolation plays to keep its instrument in tune.”
Andrew Hussie, Homestuck Book One

Steve Rasnic Tem
“For most of my life I've been a listener. At least in the beginning, I think the reason I listened so intently was to have a chance of hearing the train before it ran over me.”
Steve Rasnic Tem

H.G. Wells
“A shell in the pit," said I, "if the worst comes to worst will kill them all."

The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism. I remember that dinner table with extraordinary vividness even now. My dear wife's sweet anxious face peering at me from under the pink lampshade, the white cloth with it silver and glass table furniture—for in those days even philosophical writers had luxuries—the crimson-purple wine in my glass, are photographically distinct. At the end of it I sat, tempering nuts with a cigarette, regretting Ogilvy's rashness, and denouncing the shortsighted timidity of the Martians.

So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.”
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

“I run into trees all the time when I go sledding”
Geoffrey Rogers

Vladimir Nabokov
“Queer, how I misinterpreted the designations of doom.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Elizabeth Boyle
“Mr. St. Maur will help me make a most excellent match. Perhaps you should retain him as well."
Minerva shook her head at the pair of them. "A man will have to fall out of the sky and into my bedroom before I marry him.”
Elizabeth Boyle, Mad about the Duke

Patricia Nell Warren
“How many more times would I have embraced him that night, how many more times would I have kissed him, if I had known the name of that stranger lover who was already in Montreal, who had already bought his stadium ticket from a scalper for the 5,000 tomorrow.
That implacable lover who was going to turn Billy's eyes away from me forever.”
Patricia Nell Warren, The Front Runner

Sarah Wendell
“Unintentional foreshadowing is unintentionally hilarious.”
Sarah Wendell

“The man looked up at the dangling, buzzing lightbulb, then turned to his partner. " You know who invented those things right? Maybe we should call this one Thomas. " And then they left.”
James Dasher

Sui Ishida
“The truth that's hidden, no matter what the circumstances, is often cruel.”
Sui Ishida, 東京喰種トーキョーグール 5 [Tokyo Guru 5]

Henry James
“I can't escape unhappiness.”
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Eoin Colfer
“By the time his vision had settled, the dwarf had disappeared into a maelstrom of churning muck. Butler decided not to attempt pursuit. Dying below ground was not very high on this *things to do* list. But there will be another day, fairy, he thought grimly. And there was to be. But that's another story.”
Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

M. Wakefield
“I carried the image of 'The Scapegoat' with me and that ethereal moment when it seemed as if I had entered the bleak scenery stayed etched in the back of my mind for reasons I could not yet comprehend.”
M. Wakefield, Narcissistic Family Dynamics: Collected Essays

L.H. Leonard
“An ember burns crimson beneath the black coals. A fire left for dead, forgotten. I crouch and cup my hands. I remember its promise. In the rush of my breath, the ember glows brighter. It remembers, too.”
L.H. Leonard, Legend of the Storm Hawks

“I can see where this
is going and I don't want to. I don't.”
Marianne Boruch, Cadaver, Speak

Ursula K. Le Guin
“Even foolery is dangerous," said Jasper, "in the hands of a fool.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

Kate Morton
“When Edward told me about the Night of the Following, the trees of Hampstead wore only the merest of buds. The branches were all but bare and the sky was low and grey; yet, once the tale was told, the summer of Birchwood Manor was already upon us.”
Kate Morton, The Clockmaker's Daughter

Jennifer Donnelly
“This is a dark tale. A grim tale. It's a tale from another time, a time when wolves waited for girls in the forest, beasts paced the halls of cursed castles, and witches lurked in gingerbread houses with sugar-kissed roofs. That time is long gone. But the wolves are still here and twice as clever. The beasts remain. And death still hangs in a dusting of white. Its grim for any girl who loses her way. Grimmer still for a girl who loses herself. Know that it's dangerous to stray from the path. But it's far more dangerous not to.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Stepsister

Tony Del Degan
“There are more wicked things on this earth that the Specter King. You only have to know where to look.”
Tony Del Degan, The Plight of Steel

Tony Del Degan
“A dark shape parts the clouds above and passes over eastern kingdoms, soaring unceasingly and stopping for none. It is coming here, Castian Valinor, and it is coming for you.”
Tony Del Degan, The Plight of Steel

Kōji Suzuki
“He had high hopes that the key to unlock the riddle of four people's deaths was hidden on this tape. He'd pushed play fully intending to be satisfied with just a clue, any clue. There can't be any danger, he was thinking. What harm could come from just watching a videotape?”
Kōji Suzuki, Ring

Susan Stairs
“I wonder today how no one else could see the bad thing coming. Not that I knew back then what the bad thing was; and if I had - if I'd known one of us was going to die - would there have been anything I could have done to prevent it? I play back in my mind, over and over. The clues were all there.”
Susan Stairs, The Story of Before

Leo Tolstoy
“Stupendous, my lad, the forces of our men that are met together! Last night I looked at the fires burning, no end of them. A regular Moscow!”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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