Dear Diary, I made it through the day. I must have said “I’m fine, thanks” at least 37 times. And I didn’t mean it once. But no one noticed. When someone asks “How are you?”, they really don’t want an answer.
—  The Vampire Diaries: Elena’s diary - 01x01 Pilot

“The bottom line is that Elena and Stefan are the true epic love story of the show. Damon is the third point of the triangle.” - Julie Plec

“Damon is nothing but a distraction from the true romance.” - Paul Wesley

“This show is always going to be about Stefan and Elena. It has to be. They’re soulmates.” - Kevin Williamson

"she loves Stefan unbelievably—I mean, it’s an epic love that’s never going to change.” - Kevin Williamson

“His obsession with Katherine was something that was finally broken by this human. And not for a 160 years, no one could break this obsession. And that’s why he would die and breathe for Elena for the rest of his life.” - Paul Wesley

“This is a story about Stefan and Elena’s love story. I think it’s fun to watch the twists and turns that we take.” - Kevin Williamson

“That love she has for Damon it isn’t the love she has with Stefan.” - Nina Dobrev

Damon: They’re floating lanterns in the sky. Can you believe that? Japanese lanterns as a symbol of letting go of the past. Well here’s a news flash - we’re not Japanese! You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle is gonna make everything okay or even saying a prayer or pretending Elena is not gonna end up just like the rest of us murderous vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. I know what you’re gonna say. “Makes them feel better, Damon.” So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody every candle, every prayer is not gonna make up for the fact that the only thing that you have left is a hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock…with a birthdate carved into it that I’m pretty sure is wrong. So, thanks friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn’t get the girl, remember? I’m just stuck here fighting with my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.
—  The Vampire Diaries.