Credit: Wetpaint Entertainment Photo: Damon's Best Quotes About Elena on The Vampire Diaries

He may speak mainly in snark, but The Vampire DiariesDamon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) has a particular soft spot for one human: Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). Some of his best one-liners are actually really sweet sentiments… though he does throw a few wicked witticisms her way. Check out some of our favorite Damon quotes that are all about (or directly to) Elena. (Don't worry Stelena fans. We got ya covered!)

Meet and greet

Damon: “Great gal. She’s got spunk.” 

Season 1, Episode 2, “The Night of the Comet”

The total package

Damon: “Well, the vervain keeps me out of her head. Maybe that’s not my target. Believe it or not, Stefan, some girls don’t need my persuasion. Some girls just can’t resist my good looks, my style and my charm, and my unflinching ability to listen to Taylor Swift.”

Georgia speech

Damon: “I didn't compel you in Atlanta because we were having fun. I wanted it to be real.”

Season 1, Episode 14, “Fool Me Once”

All in a day’s work

Damon (to Stefan): “It’s Founder’s Day. I’m here to eat cotton candy and steal your girl.”

Season 1, Episode 22, “Founder’s Day”

The truth hurts

Damon: “You’re the liar, Elena. There is something going on between the two of us and you know it. And you’re lying to me. And you’re lying to Stefan. And most of all you’re lying to yourself.”

Season 2, Episode 1, “The Return”

Forever alone? 

Damon: “You have every right to hate me. I understand. But you hated me before, and we became friends. It would suck if that was gone forever. So, is it? Have I lost you forever?” 

Season 2, Episode 3, “Bad Moon Rising”

Brotherly love 

Damon: “I just have to say it once. You just need to hear it. I love you, Elena. And it is because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you, why you can’t know this. I don’t deserve you. But my brother does.”

Season 2, Episode 10, “Rose”

Bad guy makes good

Damon: “See, that’s why I didn’t tell you. Because you would’ve never been able to do it. Don’t get me wrong, Stefan. I don’t mind being the bad guy. I’ll make all the life and death decisions, while you’re busy worrying about collateral damage. I’ll even let her hate me for it. But at the end of the day, I’ll be the one to keep her alive.”

Season 2, Episode 18, “The Last Dance”

High stakes

Damon: “If you come back as a vampire, I'll stake you myself. Because I can't stand the idea of you hating me forever.”

Season 2, Episode 21, “The Sun Also Rises”

Deathbed confession

Damon: “I’ve made a lot of choices that have gotten me here. I deserve this. I deserve to die … It’s okay. ‘Cause if I’d have chosen differently, I wouldn’t have met you.”

Season 2, Episode 22, “As I Lay Dying”

Protect her

Damon: "I’ll do whatever it is you need me to do, Elena. No one’s going to hurt you. Especially not my brother."

Season 3, Episode 6, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

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