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."

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, "Something Blue".

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

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

Bender: So do you know I'm going to do something before I do it?
God Probe: Yes.
Bender: What if I do something else?
God Probe: Then I don't know that.
Futurama, "Godfellas"