Choose or lose
Stefan: Nothing wrong with free will, Matt. Trust me. You don’t realize that until you lose it.
(Season 3, Episode 22, “The Departed”)
 
Tell it like it is
Damon: You want to beat the villain you’ve got to be smarter.
Stefan: No, no. To beat the villain, Damon you have to be the better villain.
(Season 3, Episode 11, “Our Town”)

Hypothetically speaking
Katherine: What if I told you there was a way to kill Klaus. And not dagger dead. Dead-dead.
Damon: I’d say you were desperate and lying. Or drunk. Or desperate, lying, AND drunk.
(Season 3, Episode 5, “The Reckoning”)

Party pooper
Matt (to Bonnie): You’re ruining a perfectly good funeral.
(Season 3, Episode 11, “Our Town”)

Depends how you define “amazing”
Tyler: This is going to be an amazing year.
(Season 3, Episode 5, “The Reckoning”)

Remember the days?
Elena (in flashback): It’s Mystic Falls. Nothing bad ever happens here.
(Season 3, Episode 22, “The Departed”)

There’s no such thing as normal
Caroline: She needs to feel normal right now.
Jamie: She’s not normal. None of this is normal.
(Season 3, Episode 17, “Break on Through”)

Real love
Tyler (to Klaus): Real love is stronger than fake loyalty.
(Season 3, Episode 21, “Before Sunset”)

 

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One thing we’ll never say about The Vampire Diaries: “You took the words right out of our mouths.” Elena and the gang utter things we’d never dream of saying — or at least hope we never have to. Without further ado, here are Season 3’s most notable quotables.

Is that too much to ask?
Jeremy (to Stefan): Why don’t you do the right thing and give us one day — just one day without any vampires in it?
(Season 3, Episode 21, “Before Sunset”)

Liar, liar pants on fire
Klaus: I promise I’m not a serial killer. I just want to use your phone.
(Season 3, Episode 1, "The Birthday")

Truth be told
Elijah: Mother made us vampires. But she didn’t make us monsters. We did that to ourselves.
(Season 3, Episode 15, “All My Children”)

Living on the edge
Damon: I happen to like the edge, Stefan. Your problem is your inability to resist falling over it. You’re all or nothing, man. You can’t just be.
(Season 3, Episode 8, “Ordinary People”)

Who do you think I am?
Damon: Which way?
Mason: I don’t know. Flip a coin.
Damon: Aren’t you supposed to be all knowing?
Mason: I’m a ghost. Not God.
(Season 3, Episode 7, “Ghost World”)

But he doesn’t look a day over 20
Stefan: I’m one hundred and sixty two years old and I’m going to a homecoming dance. I need better ties.
(Season 3, Episode 9, “Homecoming”)

The sweetest taboo
Tyler (to Caroline): Everything I like about me is you.
(Season 3, Episode 6, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”)

For reals
Alaric: I am every parent’s worst nightmare. I am the chaperone teacher from hell.
(Season 3, Episode 1, "The Birthday")

Yes it should!
Dr. Meredith Fell: You date vampires, Elena. It shouldn’t come as a shock to learn that your guardian is a murderer.
(Season 3, Episode 16, “1912”)

Oh, snap
Rebekah: Please go. This house has enough men rolling around in it.
Kol: Just like you, Rebecca.
(Season 3, Episode 15, “All My Children”)

Elena’s off limits
Damon (to Klaus and Elijah): It’s probably best to keep Elena in the Do Not Discuss pile.
(Season 3, Episode 13, “Bringing Out the Dead”)

Klaus didn’t sire you to think
Tyler: I didn’t think that we’d actually have to kill anyone.
Klaus: Tyler, mate. What you’re feeling is the remnant of a guilty conscious and I need you to get over it. End of the day, human life is just a means to an end. Our means. Our end. You’ll do well to remember that.
(Season 3, Episode 10, “The New Deal”)

Show Bonnie some love
Jamie: You really are pretty amazing.
Bonnie: Sometimes I think I’d settle for just ordinary.
(Season 3, Episode 20, “Do Not Go Gentle”)

Say it ain’t so
Damon: Are you telling me that your vampire-hating alter ego has a stake that can kill an entire line of vampires. Possibly mine?
Alaric: That’s exactly what I’m telling you.
(Season 3, Episode 18, “The Murder of One”)

Birthday schmirthday
Caroline: You know I didn’t even like 17. I mean technically the only point to 17 was to get to 18. It’s a filler year. I’m stuck in a filler year.
(Season 3, Episode 11, “Our Town”)

It’s not a job — it’s a career
Jamie: Thank you for protecting me.
Bonnie: Apparently it’s what I do.
(Season 3, Episode 20, “Do Not Go Gentle”)

He’s got the look
Elena (to Damon): Day Drunk is not the most attractive look.
(Season 3, Episode 10, “The New Deal”)

It’s too late to ‘pologize
Caroline: You bit me. I could have died. I think we’re way past apologies, Tyler.
(Season 3, Episode 12, “The Ties That Bind”)

That’s her middle name
Caroline: Elena Gilbert: Savior of the cursed and the damned.
(Season 3, Episode 18, “The Murder of One”)

Locked and loaded
Stefan: They think all the wood burned.
Damon: I sold my rage. You should have seen me.
Stefan: You have a weapon.
Damon: Game’s back on brother. Let’s go kills some Originals.
(Season 3, Episode 17, “Break on Through”)

True that
Esther: Forgiveness is not a chore. It’s a gift.
(Season 3, Episode 14, “Dangerous Liaisons”)

One last apology
Damon: Sorry I killed you. Twice.
Alaric: So I have to actually die to get a real apology out of you.
(Season 3, Episode 20, “Do Not Go Gentle”)

Crazy but true
Damon: ‘Ric, the world can’t stop just because you’re an accidental psycho killer.
(Season 3, Episode 17, “Break on Through”)

Daddy issues
Caroline: Why are you trying to fix me?
Bill: So that I don’t have to kill you.
(Season 3, Episode 3, “The End of the Affair”)

Dinner time!
Stefan: I’ll let you pick who we eat.
(Season 3, Episode 4, “Disturbing Behavior”)

Original payback’s a b—
Kol: You snapped my neck. You killed my brother. And then you humiliated me. [He breaks Damon’s back with a baseball bat.] Now we’re even.
(Season 3, Episode 19, “Heart of Darkness”)

Feelings, nothing more than feelings
Stefan: Do you really think I want to be this person? I hurt you Elena. I bit you. I hate myself for what I did to you.
Elena Then show it. Do something. Stefan, anything is better than trying to convince me that you don’t’ care… Stefan?
Stefan: If I let myself care all I feel is pain.
(Season 3, Episode 14, “Dangerous Liaisons”)

Sometimes it’s better not to know
Alaric: What’s Klaus going to do if he can’t find it?
Elena: Wage war. Murder people. You know, Klaus stuff.
(Season 3, Episode 19, “Heart of Darkness”)

Status Check
Alaric: How’s Jeremy?
Elena: Hating me. Hating Life. Hating the fact that we can’t even have a family dinner without somebody dying before dessert.
(Season 3, Episode 10, “The New Deal”)

Okay? No way!
Caroline: Daddy. I’m going to be okay.
Bill: You’re a vampire sweetheart. I don’t’ think you’ll ever be ok again.
(Season 3, Episode 4, “Disturbing Behavior”)

Let’s hear it for our girl
Damon: All this over one girl.
Stefan: She’s a pretty special girl.
Damon: Yes she is.
(Season 3, Episode 21, “Before Sunset”)