Clay Jensen: What I don't get is why ghost you is hanging out with Bryce? Even in my head.
Justin Foley: We loved each other, me and him. We were brothers. You know, you can love people who did... bad shit. You can forgive people. Even the people who hurt you worst.
Clay Jensen: You're talking about Hannah.
Justin Foley: When you forgive someone, it's more for you than them.
Clay Jensen: How much I hurt... with Hannah. Always. It's my fault. I fall in love with girls too fast, too hard.
(Clay's graduation speech)
Clay Jensen: My dad loves to tell me stories about when he was in high school. The stories usually involve chess club and obscure bands with funny haircuts, because the '80s were a strange, strange time. But he always gets one thing right. He knows high school can hurt. That it can be painful. That there are days when that's all it is. And he once told me that he's living proof... you can survive. You can get through it. He's living proof, and so am I. And so are all of you. And the thing is, for me, for us, this class, this... this generation, high school actually is life or death. We show up every day not knowing if this is the day we die. If this is the day someone shows up with a gun and tries to kill us all. We practice what we'll do if that happens. Life or death.
Clay Jensen (narration): My mom asked me if I wanted to say something at Justin's funeral. I wanted to, for him, but I couldn't. What could I say? Running theme, huh?
Tony Padilla: I wish there was something I could say or do.
Clay Jensen: Yeah. What is there? Thank you for wanting to, though. You always make things better.
Tony Padilla: I just show up, man. That's all I do.
Clay Jensen: Always. More than I have for you.
Tony Padilla: No. No, we show up for each other.
Clay Jensen: No one gets through this life alone, man.
(Clay jumps on a car with a megaphone and speaks up...)
Clay Jensen: Hey! Hey, hold on! Don't run away from this. Listen! Listen to me! Look, they're gonna try to make us think that we're the problem, but we are not the problem! We go to the school that they built for us. We live in the society that they made for us, and shit is broken! Shit is wrong! And they can't fix it. They won't! So it's our turn now. We're gonna make it right if we have to burn it down and start over. So I say f*ck it all!
Student: F*ck, yeah!
Clay Jensen: We're fighting. Who's with me?
Clay Jensen: F*ck it all! F*ck it all! Let's go!
College interviewer: What's most important to you, Clay?
Clay Jensen: My friends. I've, uh... I've made a lot of mistakes, some bad choices, and I don't always... I don't always think things through. But I know that if a friend needs me, or is in danger, or anything, if there is anything I can do to help them, I will. Uh... I'm really... really trying to do the right thing. I am. Even when it's not clear what that is. 'Cause I don't want to live my life based on someone else's idea of... what's right, or what's moral, or what's good. I want to figure it out for myself. Even if I make mistakes along the way. And the one thing I know... is it is never wrong to care about your friends. It's never wrong to be a human being and love someone as well as you can.
Clay Jensen (narration): The truth is, you're right, I have been in love before. I've done a lot of what I've done out of love, and where's it ever gotten me? Love has made me angry, paranoid, afraid. Love has made me a monster, more than once. Love has only f*cked up my life, has made me question my relationships, my closest friends. And God knows, love has made my closest friends question me. So you know what? F*ck love.