The Most Popular Quotes From '13 Reasons Why'

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Beth Dubber/Netflix
Beth Dubber/Netflix

The 13 Reasons Why craze is still going strong, with the second season hitting Netflix on May 18. Very strong. Since making its Netflix debut last spring, Brian Yorkey's television adaptation of the beloved Jay Asher novel of the same name almost immediately became 2017's most-tweeted-about show, according to Variety, and the most popular show in Netflix history, per audience insights firm Fizziology. One year later and it's likely that commentary on the show's second season is still taking over your social timelines.

Questions, theories, and memes abound, but quotes from the show reign supreme when it comes to memorializing the students of Liberty High. In light of 13 Reasons Why's rise to dominance, here's a brief look at the lines that have stood out either through their importance in the show's story, or by making waves across social media.

(Warning: Minor plot spoilers follow.)

"That’s how it is for girls. People judge you by the way you look, the things they hear about you. They put a label on you."

To finish that one off, Jessica adds while testifying in Hannah's trial, "I just feel like boys get to define themselves. They get to choose their identity, and they can hide behind it." It's a sad truth, and it's the show's own way of tackling sexism and rape culture in the real world.

"Fucking boys."

A quote that needs no explanation, Courtney Crimsen (who just gets it) rattled this one off.

"What's the truth? What's true? I think we each have our own truth."

Another one of Courtney's gems that started off Season 2's second episode -- one that ended in the teenager coming out while testifying against the school in Hannah's trial.

"I hope that wherever you go next, you feel peace [and] you feel safe in a way that you never did here."

Said by a teary-eyed Clay during his emotional farewell to Hannah in the Season 2 finale.

"Welcome to your tape."

The four words Hannah used to address her "reasons" have evolved into a recognizable and controversial refrain. You might find fans echoing "Welcome to your tape" as a simple reference, but you're more likely to stumble upon the phrase's increasingly popular meme -- the latter of which has received lots of flak


In the book, when Hannah, Alex, and Jessica commiserate with each other at Monet's, they open their venting sessions with, "Olly-olly-oxen-free." Yorkey gave the trio's expression of frustration a more, um, hashtag-friendly upgrade, one that's come to represent a bond that ended too soon.

"Losing a good friend is never easy."

PREACH. RIP, Jessica and Hannah.

"It must be possible to swim in the ocean of the one you love without drowning."

You won't hear Hannah's "Soul Alone" in the TV adaptation. Instead, when Episode 8 unspools, you'll encounter Sarah Kay's potent (and now-ubiquitous) poem.

"Why didn't you say this to me when I was alive?"

When Clay finally listens to his tape, he pictures an alternate ending to his fateful hook-up, one in which he professes his love and pledges support. Imaginary Hannah's response? A swift, and memorable, kick to his heart's nads.

"It has to get better."

From the Season 1 finale, when a near-hopeless Clay encourages Mr. Porter and viewers to be more aware of how they treat others. The line's a bit on-the-nose, but it underscores one of the story's most important messages.

"I cost a girl her life because I was afraid to love her."

Another sad truth bomb that Clay drops all over Mr. Porter, earlier in the finale. "We don't know what was in [Hannah's] mind or in her heart. There's no way to know why she did what she did," the teary-eyed guidance counselor says. (Buckle up, Mr. Porter.)

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