Hannah Baker: I know you think I'm this sweet, nice girl, but... I was an a**hole to someone at my old school. I was trying to fit in with these girls, and they were ganging up on her. And I thought, better to be one of them than to be her.
Tony Padilla: So, what ended up happening?
Hannah Baker: A bunch of stuff went down, and, uh... now I'm here. I just... I wish I could take it all back.
Hannah Baker: If you could see the future, would you wanna see the future?
Clay Jensen: No.
Hannah Baker: You answered that fast.
Clay Jensen: Well... Like, can I change the future? Because if I can see it and I know what's coming, and there's nothing I can do about it, then it's just anxiety.
Hannah Baker: You can always change the future.
Clay Jensen: So you don't believe in destiny?
Hannah Baker: I do. I just believe it can change.
Hannah Baker: It's a giant f*cking universe.
Clay Jensen: It is a giant universe.
Hannah Baker: Like, how are we supposed to do anything significant? Anything that means anything? We're not even dots.
Clay Jensen: But, somehow, every day feels like life or death, right? Even though, at some level, it also feels like nothing matters at all.
Hannah Baker: Or means anything.
Clay Jensen: And, like, in a real way, we're all just accidents of birth, you know? Like, it's just dumb luck that we're not having this conversation somewhere much worse than this basement. Like, some shantytown in South Asia, or the frozen north of Iceland, or a burning desert in Africa.
Hannah Baker: But that's it. We are exactly who we are, in this moment, in this place, and I think that matters. Because without you, without me, everything is different.
Hannah Baker: I'm never taking another picture again in my life.
Olivia Baker: Why?
Hannah Baker: A picture can be twisted and used against you, and haunt you forever.
Olivia Baker: My dear Hannah. Such drama.
Olivia Baker: Why didn't I just tell her she was pretty? Why didn't I just say she was perfect?
Jackie: Oh, Olivia. You did. I know you did, thousands of times.
Olivia Baker: I don't know if I did. Or I didn't enough, or... or not in the right way.
Hannah Baker (from the tape): I recorded 12 tapes. I started with Justin. Then Jessica. Who each broke my heart. Alex, Tyler, Courtney, Marcus, who each helped destroy my reputation. On through Zach and Ryan... who broke my spirit. Through tape number 12... Bryce Walker... who broke my soul. But a funny thing happened as I finished number 12. I felt something... shift. I had poured it all out... and for a minute... just a minute... I felt like maybe I could beat this. I decided to give life one more chance. But this time, I was asking for help... because I know I can't do it alone. I know that now. Of course, if you're listening to this, I failed. Or he failed, and my fate is sealed.
Hannah Baker (from the tape): The way I see it, there are two different kinds of death. If you're lucky, you live a long life... and one day your body stops working and it's over. But if you're not lucky, you die a little bit... over and over... until you realize it's too late. I know some of you might think there was more I could have done, or should have done. But I'd lost control. And in that moment, it felt like... it felt like I was already dead.
Bryce Walker: I can't believe Hannah Baker finally came to one of my parties.
Hannah Baker: Well, it looks like it's almost over.
Bryce Walker: No, not at all. This is the best time of night. The drunks are all passed out, posers are gone. Only the cool people are left.
Hannah Baker: And I qualify as "cool people"?
Bryce Walker: Hell, yeah, you do. Coolest chick in the junior class. And the hottest.