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The Garden of Forking Paths

The Garden of Forking Paths

by Jorge Luis Borges

Fate and Free Will Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

To them I offer this advice: Whosoever would undertake some atrocious enterprise should act as if it were already accomplished, should impose upon himself a future as irrevocable as the past. (14)

Yu Tsun's belief in fate isn't just a superstition – it's his M.O. By acting as though his unpleasant tasks have already been accomplished, he can absolve himself of guilt, chalking it all up to fate.

Quote #5

Thus I proceeded, while with the eyes of a man already dead, I contemplated the fluctuations of the day which would probably be my last, and watched the diffuse coming of night. (15)

Kind of a gloomy fellow, this Yu Tsun. The pairing of his fatalistic thoughts with the onset of nightfall turns dusk into an omen of his death.

Quote #6

Lost in these imaginary illusions I forgot my destiny – that of the hunted. (20)

Yu Tsun feels like it's his destiny to be hunted down all the time. We think this is a sign of some serious job dissatisfaction.