Quotes / Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate

"Destiny, chance, fate, fortune—they're all just ways of claiming your successes without claiming your failures."
-Gerrard of the Weatherlight, Magic: The Gathering

"I don't run from prophecies."
"We're not asking you to run. We're asking you to reconsider a possibly dangerous and unnecessary course of action."
"It's the same thing."
"No, it's not. It's using foreknowledge to anticipate the future and then changing it."
"And if the future cannot be changed, it's simply delaying fate. Better to meet the future face-to-face, than have it sneak up on you when you're not expecting it."

Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts.
That's when you find out who you are.
You'll see what I mean.
-Whistler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Becoming"

Tara: Willow says that things always happen for a reason.
Buffy: But you ever notice people only say that about bad things?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Triangle"

The question that once 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"

"Destiny is equal parts chance, freewill, and necessity."
Virgil, Mighty Max

Bender: So do you know what I'm gonna do I do it?
God Probe: Yes.
Bender: What if I do something different?
God Probe: Then I don't know that.
Futurama, "Godfellas"