Foreshadowing Quotes

Quotes tagged as "foreshadowing" (showing 1-30 of 80)
William Shakespeare
“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tamora Pierce
“When we return--when I have delivered our discovery--I will give you a book to read about a thing called wild magic," she said drily. "I wouldn't talk about it in the university. It's supposed to be an old wives' tale. Well, I am an old wife. You might be interested, that's all.”
Tamora Pierce, Tempests and Slaughter

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

“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

Tamora Pierce
You have a destiny. You aren't allowed to know it.
Tamora Pierce, Tempests and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce
“It's a Stormwing," Ozorne said. "I always wanted one.”
Tamora Pierce, Tempests and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce
“It was plain that Nazaam and Gieyat were lovers. I'd like that, Arram thought as he followed Nazaam. To be comfortable with my lover, and laugh together, even when things are terrible. Like I do with Ozorne and Varice.”
Tamora Pierce, Tempests and Slaughter

Rick Riordan
“That set my ears buzzing. Why did Annabeth sound like she'd been crying?"
"You okay, cuz?"
She paused for a long time. "I will be. We... we got some bad news when we got out here.”
Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead

Amelia Guillem
“When she learns her true nature, I'll show her the text. The one I wrote.”
Amelia Guillem, Legacy of Dolyn

William Shakespeare
“Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in every thing.”
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Deanna Raybourn
“Of course, I did not realize it at the time, but it was to be nothing like a year before I came home again. I did not know when I would see Brisbane again, but I knew that I would. Someday.

And indeed I did. That is when we found the body in the chapel. But that is a tale for another time.”
deanna raybourn, Silent in the Grave

Julian Barnes
“Later—well, what came later, came later.”
Julian Barnes, The Only Story

M.R. Pilot
“Safer than being a mouse in a barrel of snakes, that's for sure. Be on the lookout for mice friends, who are really just snakes waiting to shed their skin.”
M.R. Pilot, A Bloodline's Echo

E.M. Forster
“The friendship between Margaret and Mrs. Wilcox, which was to develop so quickly and with such strange results, may perhaps have had its beginnings at Speyer, in the spring.”
E.M. Forster, Howards End

E.M. Forster
“It is like you to have thought of such a beautiful thing."

Not a thing, only an ending," said Helen rather sadly; and the sense of tragedy closed in on Margaret again as soon as she left the house.”
E.M. Forster, Howards End

Talbot Mundy
“I heard, when I was in Delhi, that the men of the West are studying the construction of the atom, and have guessed at the force imprisoned in it. Wait until they have learned how to explode the atom, and then see what they will do to one another.”
Talbot Mundy, Om, the Secret of Ahbor Valley

Iris Murdoch
“Nothing happened; yet there were disturbing signs and portents.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

Iris Murdoch
“If at that moment Clement had caught sight of the dog and had managed to capture him, the fates of a number of people in this story would have been entirely different. Such is the vast play of chance in human lives.”
Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight

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