“Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated, can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not to be encountered in private life.”—Albert Camus, “Reflections on the Guillotine” Troy Davis Execution Stay Denied—ABC NEWS (via whitedrunkgirls)
"But then you get down to the end, after Stefan has told Damon to step off, and murdered Andie in front of Damon, and committed all sorts of atrocities in the past hour, and he goes out to the parking lot and he calls Elena on her birthday, granting her one birthday wish (which he didn’t even know about) to know that he’s alive. Up to that point, Stefan had been relatively quiet and you didn’t REALLY know how far gone he was, but the second he hit send on that call, you knew the score exactly. Stefan is still Stefan, he’s still very human, and he still loves Elena. And he’s not badass because he’s running around killing people and following Klaus’ orders–he’s badass because he is doing ALL of this in spite of the person that he wants to be and has worked so hard to be because it’s what he has to do for the people that he truly cares about. You guys–I love that. I love it because it’s a hard choice and it’s a complicated choice, and I think that it’s really a challenge to delve into the grayer areas of morality and how far you would or could go for your loved ones. Obviously, no one would think that killing innocent girls is a good thing, but you can kind of understand why Stefan does it–THAT’S the intensity of his love. And you know, maybe this is overthinking it a little (but I don’t think so), but there’s not much in this world that’s truly OURS, that really belongs to us, but you do have what you believe in, and how you act, and the choices that you make, and so in that sense, Stefan has truly now given away everything that he has in this world to protect Damon and Elena, and it makes me really love his character.
And you guys, that phone call at the end was magic. I think we can all agree that Stefan is maybe the best crier in the history of TV. I loved how Elena knew it was him, knew what he needed to hear, and that he didn’t say a single word but still broke my heart. And I’m still SUPER impressed at how invested I became in Stefan and Elena last season, given that I was like leading the chorus on how boring they were together. There’s been some great development there, and already I’m REALLY rooting for Stefan, now that I know what’s really going on with him. I think that was a perfect way to end the first episode back.
The other thing that really struck me about this was how, when Damon got back to the house and saw Elena, and he told her to give it up, he said something that was subtle but telling, and REALLY good writing. He was like, “Stefan’s not coming back, at least not in your lifetime.” I mean, it was only one sentence but it told you that he had faith that even if it wasn’t soon, Stefan would come back eventually, and it implied that Damon wasn’t going to give up on him. I’ve said it before–I love the relationship between those two, and I think it really separates this show from other contemporary vampire pop culture.”
A drop in the ocean A change in the weather I was praying that you and me might end up together It’s like wishing for rain as I stand in the desert But I’m holding you closer than most ‘cause you are my heaven
I don’t wanna waste the weekend If you don’t love me Pretend a few more hours Then it’s time to go
And still I can’t let you be Most nights I hardly sleep Don’t take what you don’t need from me
“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”—Roald Dahl, Matilda (via prettybooks)