Quotes: Screw Destiny

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    Anime and Manga 

Destiny... destiny... destiny... destiny...SHUT THE HELL UP! How 'bout you save your high and mighty crap for after I've been haunted to death, skullface? Sacrifice? Offering? Destiny? Quit spoutin' out a bunch of cryptic explanations! The point is, this is war! It ain't different from any other war! The last one standing wins! Listen here! I'm beatin' all a' you back down to Hell! Tell those ugly pale-faced bastards for me! If I get hit, I will hit back! Tell 'em leavin' me half-eaten is gonna be the end of you! I'll hunt and kill all those wretched monsters... and all of you... DOWN TO THE LAST ONE! THIS IS... MY DECLARATION OF WAR!
Guts to the Apostles and the Godhand, Berserk

THAT DOES IT!! Who gave you the right to tell her what she can or can't be?! Go on, Hinata! Show this guy he's wrong!
Naruto's response to Neji's Breaking Speech

May those that accept their fate be granted happiness; may those who defy it be granted glory.

The Anti-Spiral: You continue to struggle even knowing what you know!?
Simon: Of course we do! The tomorrow we're trying to grab for ourselves... Is not the tomorrow that you've set out for us! It's the tomorrow that we choose for ourselves—a tomorrow that we choose out of all of the infinite universes! We'll fight our way through!

The future is not to be seen... the future is to be made!
Aya, Weiß Kreuz

He'll take that blank last page
And smash his fist through it!
—The second OP of Jojos Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

    Comic Books 

Knykos: That is my destiny.
Travis: (shoots Knykos several times in the back) Know that word. Seventh grade. Last day of school, ever. Teacher said I'd never amount to nothing, ever. Was my destiny. Always thought: destiny can go @#$% itself.''

Do you know why I stopped being Delight, my brother? I do. There are things not in your book. There are paths outside this garden. You would do well to remember that.
Delirum to Destiny, The Sandman, "Brief Lives"

    Film - Animated 
Guns kill, and you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
Hogarth, The Iron Giant

    Film - Live-Action 

Doc: Marty, I've made a decision. I'm not going with you tomorrow. I'm staying here.
Marty: What are you talkin' about, Doc?
Doc: There's no point in denying it. I'm in love with Clara.
Marty: Oh, man. Doc, we don't belong here! Neither one of us! You know, it could still be you that gets shot tomorrow! (shows the photograph of Doc's tombstone) This tombstone could still be in your future!
Doc: Marty, the future isn't written. It can be changed. You know that. Anyone can make their future whatever they want it to be. I can't let this one little photograph determine my entire destiny. I have to live my life according to what I believe is right in my heart.

Nothing is written.
T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia

Truly, for some men nothing is written unless they write it.
Sherif Ali, Lawrence of Arabia

Morpheus: Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Neo: No.
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly how you feel.

Life's like a movie, write your own ending.

There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

    Literature 

Granny Weatherwax: Destiny is important, see, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around.
Nanny Ogg: Bugger destiny.

What else had the old monk said? History finds a way? Well, it was going to have to come up with something good, because it was up against Sam Vimes now.

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?
"Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, Dead Beat

Three things shall you kiss before I let you spook me for good. My boots, my balls and my ass.
Locke Lamora after listening to a prophecy about his death, Gentleman Bastard

I don't see why it matters what is written. Not when it's about people. It can always be crossed out.

I do believe in destiny — but I don't think of it as some mysterious force from the stars that governs everybody from outside according to some prearranged scheme. I think of it as something that comes from inside, that's built into people. It's what happens when people act like the sort of people they are, when they do what comes most naturally. And it's not all-powerful, you can fight it, but it's tricky, because it means fighting your own nature... doing what you're least inclined to do.
Lucy Thames, Locksmith's Closet

Xavien: As you say, we do not posses the ability to change ourselves to utterly.
Zal: We have infinite choice, and that has to do.

    Live-Action TV 

Richie: (while they hang from a Ferris Wheel) Hey, Eddie, if we killed ourselves, we could cheat Fate!
Eddie: I don't think we want to piss Fate off at the moment.
Bottom

There are laws. Laws of Time, and once upon a time there were people in charge of those laws, but they died. They all died. Do you know who that leaves? Me! It's taken me all these years to realize the Laws of Time are mine, and they will obey me!
The Doctor, Doctor Who

Sometimes knowing your own future enables you to change it, especially if you're bloody-minded, contradictory and completely unpredictable.
The Doctor, Doctor Who

Einstein: From the moment the Ancients implanted that knowledge, you exist to serve a larger...
John Crichton: NO! No. That's what you want. My name is John Crichton. I'm not your pawn.
Farscape, "Unrealised Realities"

Dear Celia.
I don't know your last name and I don't know where you live, but I know you have two young boys — twins, I believe. And I know you didn't have a Flash Forward. I understand how terrifying that is and how powerless you must be feeling. But I want you to know that you are not alone and that your situation is not as hopeless as you think. Our paths were meant to cross. I didn't know how. I didn't know when.
But things have changed now. Things are no longer going to unfold as I had feared. My gift to you is release from that dread... From the feeling that you're no longer in control.
We will never meet. I will never know you. So live your life. Live every day. And know that the future is unwritten. Make the most of that.
Al Gough, FlashForward (2009)

Priestess of Fate: Exercise caution. For you are about to make a decision that will change your fate.
Kaito: I merely choose my own path. I couldn't care less about fate!

So screw destiny, right in the face. I say we take the fight to them, and do it our way.
Dean Winchester, Supernatural

    Music 

There's no reason
There's no compromise
Change in seasons
Living the high life
I don't know you
So don't freak on me
I can't control you
You're not my destiny

Straight out of line
I can't find a reason
Why I should justify my ways
Straight out of line
I don't need a reason
You don't need to lie to me
Godsmack, "Straight Out of Line", also used for the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within soundtrack

In 13 the beast is rising
The Frenchman did surmise
Through earthquakes and starvation
The warlord will arise
Terror, death, destruction
Pour from the eastern sands
But the truth of all predictions
Is always in your hands

If you're gonna die, die with your boots on
If you're gonna try, just stick around
Gonna cry, just move along
If you're gonna die, you're gonna die

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
"The stars aren't aligned,
Or the gods are malign..."
Blame is better to give than receive.

You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill.
Rush, "Freewill"

    Video Games 

Fate may command I die before the answers are discovered, but an Assassin takes orders from no one.

But.. even if I knew for certain, I still wouldn't blindly accept my fate. I will not simply succumb to what others claim is my destiny. I fight for control over my own life. And I will win.
Ragna the Bloodedge, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

Tidus: This is my story. It'll go the way I want... or I'll end it here.
Yuna: Wait. You say it's your story, but it's my story, too, you know? It would be so easy... to let my fate just carry me away... following this same path my whole life through. But I know... I can't. What I do, I do... with no regrets.

Anything can change!

This is my story, and you're not part of it.

Thirty years hence, I am presented with a dilemma - let's call it a two-sided coin. If the coin falls one way, I sacrifice myself and thus restore the Pillars. But as the last surviving vampire in Nosgoth, this would mean the annihilation of our species. If the coin lands on the reverse, I refuse the sacrifice and thus doom the Pillars to an eternity of collapse. Either way, the game is rigged. But suppose you throw a coin enough times... suppose one day, it lands on its edge.
Kain, Legacy of Kain

Giro: Don't tell me you forgot your promise already. You did mean it, right?
Aile: Giro!? But, the blood that flows in me...
Giro: Is just blood. Are you going to let some man you don't even know decide your destiny for you? Destiny is not something that is given to us by others. Destiny comes from the concept of "destine," or directing something towards a given end. Be the one doing the directing. Only you can decide your destiny.
Aile: Only I can decide my destiny...
Giro: Yes. Forget the past. It means nothing. The power you contain within is the key to creating your future.

Aile: I decided to become a Mega Man because I wanted to help people. You're fighting because you're trying to find out who you are, but don't forget. Only you can decide your own destiny. No matter what anyone says you are. The power you contain within is the key to creating your future. That's what a special person said to me.
Grey: My destiny... My future.
Mega Man ZX Advent

Grey: Yeah, you're right, I am Defective. I'm just a person named Grey. You couldn't even change the destiny of a regular boy like me. This is the destiny that I've chosen... To live together with the people of this world!
Albert: Is that what the "other me" would have said...? Goodbye, ultimate Defective! You can have your gentle peace... and leisurely rot in it! (explodes)
Mega Man ZX Advent

Baofu: Ahh, shut up. You can take this fate of yours and stick it up your ass! Listen up, Tatsuya. Fate is...
Katsuya: No different than a prediction too late. If something happens, all you have to say is...
Ulala: "It's was all fate"!
Persona 2 Eternal Punishment, one of the ways to flip off Nyarlathotep

I see in you the power to defy fate itself.
The Fortuneteller, Shadow Of Destiny

Keep yer stinkin' future!

You believed in your prophecy, and we believed in mopping the floor with you!

    Visual Novels 

The power of believing cuts open destiny and starts miracles! That's right, that's what everyone taught me.
Hanyuu, Higurashi: When They Cry: Dear You - Bond

    Webcomics 

Okay, I have a theory. It's called: I never knew it was possible to care less about time travel.
Black Mage, 8-Bit Theater Episode 1136

I am not playing by the rules anymore. I will fly around this candy-coated rock and comb the white sands until I find answers. No one can tell me our fate can't be repaired.
Rose Lalonde, Homestuck

W3 M4KE OUR OWN LUCK, 4ND YOU'R3 4BOUT TO PROV3 TH4T.
Terezi Pyrope, Homestuck

Spatch II: You will not speak of Spatch like that. In his book, it is prophesied. It will happen now.
Rice Boy: Who are you to say which prophesies are true and which are false? They are just written words! They know nothing more than we do!

    Web Original 

For the PMDs, prophecy is merely soothsaying, augury, prediction of implacable destiny and inevitable doom. They do not believe prophecy is ever conditional, and thus fail to see that it is — always and foremost — a call to act.

I don't think there's such a thing as "Destiny", my opinion on those words? They're just there to try and restrict one's decisions, I say screw them.

F*** destiny! I am Seto Kaiba! I make my own fate!

    Western Animation 

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice!

The question that has haunted my being has been answered: The future is not fixed. My choices are my own. And yet, how ironic, for I now find I have no choice at all. I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.
Dinobot, Beast Wars, "Code of Hero"

History said it disappeared - but history was wrong!
Starfire, Teen Titans, "How Long is Forever?"