Elena Gilbert (narration): Dear diary... I couldn't have been more wrong. I thought that I could smile and nod my way through it. Pretend like it would all be okay.
Stefan Salvatore (narration): I had a plan. I wanted to change who I was. Create a life as someone new. Someone without the past.
Elena: Without the pain.
Both: Someone alive.
Elena: But it's not that easy. The bad things stay with you.
Stefan: They follow you. You can't escape them... as much as you want to.
Elena: All you can do is be ready for the good... so when it comes, you invite it in because you need it. I need it.
Caroline Forbes: How come the guys that I want never want me?
Bonnie Bennett: I'm not touching that.
Caroline Forbes: I'm inappropriate. I always say the wrong thing. And Elena always says the right thing. Ugh. She doesn't even try. And he just picks her. And she's always the one that everyone picks... for everything. And I try so hard and I'm never the one that...
Bonnie Bennett: It's not a competition, Caroline.
Caroline Forbes: Yeah, it is.
Elena Gilbert (narration): Dear diary, today will be different. It has to be. I will smile, and it will be believable. My smile will say: "I'm fine, thank you. Yes, I feel much better." I will no longer be the sad little girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh, be someone new. It's the only way I'll make it through.