Contextual Analysis: Insight into Important Quotes Throughout the Show

Lucas has two huge passions in his life; aside from basketball, his greatest passion is literature. One Tree Hill features quotes at the beginning of each episode. They are spoken by different characters, but most of the time by Lucas. Some of the One Tree Hill quotes are classics from literature. These are my favorite One Tree Hill quotes. Some are just interesting. These quotes usually pertain to what the episode is going to be about. It is a kind of foreshadowing that is very artistic and it gives greater insight to Lucas’s passion as a writer. Here are quotes from the beginning of the first three episodes.

Original One Tree Hill quote from the very first episode: Spoken by Lucas

“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. But omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves- or lose the ventures before us.”

-William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar

One Tree Hill quote from the second episode: Spoken by Lucas

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It’s yours.”

-Ayn Rand, from Atlas Shrugged

One Tree Hill quote from third episode: Spoken by Lucas

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. And never stop fighting.”

-e.e. cummings

This show does not just follow the main characters around in their drama, but we as viewers get to see how the characters learn and grow through it all. They overcome things like death and broken hearts while staying true to who they are. No one is expected to go through those kinds of things alone, and in this show, they all become one big family to help each other get through the tough times. I feel like, when I watch this show and hear those inspirational sayings, I too can become something great someday. It helps me dream and aspire to be better. I think this goes along with what other people feel when they watch this show. People who watch this series, particularly teens who are the same age as the characters, feel like they can relate to the situations that the show presents. Every day high school boys and girls go through breakups, or parents divorces, or deaths in the family, and so do the characters in One Tree Hill. Watching this show makes them feel like they are not alone in how they are feeling. It can give them inner strength to overcome the obstacles in their lives just as the characters do.

(Other quotes can be found on the page “Lucas Scott Quotes” or here

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3 Responses to Contextual Analysis: Insight into Important Quotes Throughout the Show

  1. vonholrr says:

    Hey Melinda!
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts so far. Although I do not watch the show, you are one of the many who highly recommend it, so maybe I should start! With this post, I like how you incorporated e.e. Cummings-I love reading his poems, and this went perfectly with your post. Great job!

  2. Kate Mintz says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog! I never expected OTH to be such a cultured show. Next time I watch the television show I will be sure to pay attention to the featured quotes!

  3. riggskl says:

    I have a deep love for One Tree Hill and loved reliving the best of OTH through your posts! I especially like this one because its more than a synopsis more or less. I think this show is one of the few geared toward adolescences that has upstanding values that they can learn from, which is great! I think this show is so insightful and makes you look at the deeper meaning of life, even from a young age. Although it has great vaules and good teaching moments, I completely agree with you when you said they’ve failed at their attempt of promoting individuality…as sad as it is lol. I think that, in the beginning at least, they tried to show that stereotypes aren’t everything by having Nathan date Tutor Haley and then have them get married as juniors in high school, and Peyton the anti-cheery cheerleader who’s a closet artist ….but then they contradict themselves by making Haley into cheerleader (in one part of the series just to get closer to Nathan) and Peyton the CLOSET artist who never gives up being a cheerleader even though she really hates it and even makes fun of herself with her comic strips… anyway, I need to stop lol. But I love One Tree Hill and love reading your posts!! Keep up the great work! 🙂

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