38 'One Tree Hill' Love Quotes for the Hopeless Romantics
"One Tree Hill" hit screens in 2003 and became a long-running success for over a decade. Following the lives of "The Core Five," the series left fans with numerous quotable lines filled with wisdom about love in all its forms.
Lucas and Nathan Scott are paternal brothers living in the small town of Tree Hill in North Carolina. The only thing the siblings share is a father and a love for basketball, but beyond that, there isn't much else.
Moreover, Nathan is the popular basketball prodigy, while Lucas is the reserved outsider. However, as the pair rivals on the basketball court, a complex network of storylines begins to form, particularly when Brooke, Haley, and Peyton enter the picture.
Famously nicknamed "The Core Five," the lives of these teens become intertwined from high school all through to adulthood. Fans grew up with the beloved group onscreen, which is part of what made the show so relatable.
Over ten years after its last episode aired, many still resonate with its messages, especially those about love. The Core Five were hopeless romantics, but they loved their family and friends just as much and weren't afraid to show it.
So, whether you're in need of a walk down memory lane, some hopeful advice, or a dating life reality check, here is a list of "One Tree Hill's" most noteworthy love quotes.
Peyton Sawyer with her quote, "Losing your heart's desire is tragic, but gaining your heart's desire is all you can wish for. So if that's tragic, then give me tragedy!" | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
They Knew When They Loved, and They Showed It
"I wanted you to fight for me! I wanted you to say there is no one else that you could ever be with and that you would rather be alone than without me. I wanted the Lucas Scott from the beach that night, telling the world that he's the one for me." — Brooke Davis
"You love this girl. And even if you catch pneumonia, your ass is gonna stay out here in the rain until you convince her to forgive you." — Nathan Scott
"Losing your heart's desire is tragic, but gaining your heart's desire is all you can wish for. So if that's tragic, then give me tragedy!" — Peyton Sawyer
"Nathan: All right, I screw up a lot, all right… and being around you, I just— I don't wanna be that guy anymore.
Haley: Well, who do you wanna be, Nathan?
Nathan: I wanna be somebody who's good enough to be seen with you." — "One Tree Hill"
"When I fell to the floor tonight, I was so scared, I was so terrified. Then I saw you, and I promised myself that if I could just get up, I'd walk over to you… I'd tell you how much I need you and how much I want you… and how nothing else matters." — Nathan Scott
Lucas Scott with his quote, "When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me. It's you." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"I just don't want to do anything to pressure you. Or drive you away. Even though sometimes I can't help it. Just like I can't help that I fell in love with you. Cause I did. I love you, Haley. And it scares me a little bit, but there it is." — Nathan Scott
"I could love you forever. So, why can't forever start today?" — Nathan Scott
"Yes, losing your heart's desire is tragic, but gaining your heart's desire? It's all you can hope for. This year, I wished for love… to immerse myself in someone else, and to wake a heart long afraid to feel. My wish was granted, and if having that is tragic, then give me tragedy because I wouldn't give it back for the world." — Peyton Sawyer
"When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me. It's you." — Lucas Scott
"They haven't invented words for how much I love you." — Haley James Scott
Brooke Davis and Peyton Scott with Brooke's quote, "Sometimes people play hard to get to know that the other person's feelings are real." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
But, Sometimes, Things Got Complicated
"Okay, let me get this straight: you don't have feelings for Lucas anymore; Peyton does, but she's willing to hide those feelings if you asked her to. Sounds like a pretty great friend to me." — Rachel Gatina
"Sometimes people play hard to get to know that the other person's feelings are real." — Brooke Davis
"Sometimes when you care about someone a lot, you just know you will make some kind of mistake, and you end up losing the person you care the most about, but if you're lucky, you might get a second chance." — Peyton Sawyer
"I don't think you ever realize how much you love something until you have to give it up." — Haley James Scott
"I gave you my heart. That's all that I can give. And if that's not enough for you, then I'm not enough for you." — Haley James Scott
Haley James Scott, Brook Davis, and Peyton Sawyer with Haley's quote, "You know that romantic notion that all the garbage and the pain is really healing and beautiful and sort of poetic? It's not. It's just garbage, and it's pain." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"Somebody, please tell me you've got love figured out because I got news for you; it's pretty darn messy right now." — Brooke Davis
"Don't cry for a guy; let a guy cry for you." — Brooke Davis
And Sometimes Love Coupled Itself with Pain
"I read a poem once... about a girl who had a crush on a guy who died. She imagined him up in heaven with all the beautiful angels... and she was jealous. Ellie is gone. I imagine her with all the badass angels now. Hanging out with them in their black leather jackets, causing trouble. But I'm not jealous. I just... miss her." — Peyton Sawyer
"You know that romantic notion that all the garbage and the pain is really healing and beautiful and sort of poetic? It's not. It's just garbage, and it's pain." — Haley James Scott
"It's hard when you miss people. But you know if you miss them, that means you're lucky. It means you had someone special in your life, someone worth missing." — Nikki Schiefelbein
A photo from "One Tree Hill" with Keith Scott's quote, "We fell in love, and at some point, the people we love forgot to love us back." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"Sometimes I think that we waste our words and we waste our moments. And we don't take the time to say the things that are in our hearts when we have the chance." — Clay Evans
"We fell in love, and at some point, the people we love forgot to love us back." — Keith Scott
Still, It Remained Steadfast, Keeping Hope Alive
"I know you're searching for things, Lucas. And I hope with all my heart that you find the answers to your questions. But the answers that you're looking for are closer than you think. They're in your heart. And in the hearts of those who love you." — Karen Roe
"At this moment, there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just not facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world, six billion souls. And sometimes... all you need is one." — Peyton Sawyer
"Don't laugh... but anytime I have a dream about my mom or Ellie, I like to think it's their way of contacting me from the other side. Like dreams are emails for ghosts, and it's their way of sending me a message." — Peyton Sawyer
Haley James Scott with her quote, "The day that you start thinking that love is overrated is the day that you're wrong." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know it's the greatest moment of your life, and you get to experience it with one person. Who's standing next to you?" — Peyton Sawyer
"The day that you start thinking that love is overrated is the day that you're wrong." — Haley James Scott
"The only thing wrong with love and faith and belief is not having it." — Haley James Scott
"Life is funny sometimes. It can push pretty hard, but if you look close enough, you can find hope in the words of children, in the bars of the song, and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you're lucky, if you're the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back." — Nathan Scott
"Life is too short to play games. If you love somebody and you want to be with them, then go get them. Deal with the mess later. We don't know what tomorrow will bring." — Haley James Scott
The "One Tree Hill" main cast members with Peyton Sawyer's quote, "You have to grab every chance with the people you love." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"Love is a wonderful thing. And it doesn't knock much, so when it does, make sure to open the door." — Brooke Davis
"Giving your heart to somebody, that's the scary part." — Peyton Sawyer
"Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will." — Peyton Sawyer
"You have to grab every chance with the people you love." — Peyton Sawyer
A photo from "One Tree Hill" with the quote, "Love can be for a boy or a girl or a place or a way of life or even for a family. Where you find it is up to you." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"Love means giving chances when there are no more chances left to give." — Haley James Scott
"Love can be for a boy or a girl or a place or a way of life or even for a family. Where you find it is up to you." — Brooke Davies
"There's nothing wrong with fairy tales. Everyone ends up happily ever after." — Ellie Harp
"I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I believe love conquers all." — Haley James Scott
The "One Tree Hill" main cast members with Ellie Harp's quote, "There's nothing wrong with fairy tales. Everyone ends up happily ever after." | Source: Facebook/OneTreeHill
"One Tree Hill" starred Chad Michael Murray, known for his roles in "A Cinderella Story" with Hilary Duff and "Freaky Friday" with Lindsey Lohan, as Lucas. James Lafferty, star of "Everyone Is Doing Great," played his onscreen brother Nathan.
Other main stars included Sophia Bush (Brooke), Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley), and Hilarie Burton (Peyton). However, if these quotes weren't enough, perhaps these Brooke Davis love quotes will tickle your fancy.