Our list of the best quotes from the romantic drama After film series based on the series of novels by Anna Todd. The story centers on Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), dedicated student, dutiful daughter, and loyal girlfriend to her high-school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college armed with grand ambitions for her future. However, when she crosses paths with the complicated and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), he makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants from life.
Where to Watch After:
Tessa Young: My life before him was so simple and decided. And now, after him, there’s just, after.
Tessa Young: [as she finds Hardin in her dorm room after having a shower] Excuse me? I think that you’re in the wrong room.
Hardin Scott: I’m in the right room.
Tessa Young: How did you even get in here?
Tessa Young: [as Hardin holds up the key] Okay. Can you please go out into the hall so I can get dressed?
Hardin Scott: Don’t flatter yourself. I’m not looking.
Hardin Scott: The Great Gatsby. It’s a good book. I’d hate to spoil it, but it was all a dream.
Tessa Young: Actually, it was all a lie.
Steph: [takes Tessa to a party and starts to drink] I need things to be way less in focus.
'She took my hand and led me out of the darkness and showed me that whatever our souls are made of, hers and mine are the same.' - Hardin Scott (After) Click To Tweet
Tessa Young: [refuses to kiss Hardin during their truth or dare game] I’m done playing this game.
Zed: I like this girl.
Molly: Oh, Hardin Scott got his first rejection.
Hardin Scott: “He’s more myself than I am. “Whatever our souls are made of. His and mine are the same.” It’s Brontë, Theresa.
Tessa Young: I know it’s Brontë. And my name is Tessa.
Hardin Scott: What are you doing in my room, Tessa?
Tessa Young: Your room?
Hardin Scott: Yes. Are we still playing? Because I think you owe me a dare.
Tessa Young: [as Hardin leans in to kiss her] Wait. I can’t. I need to go.
Hardin Scott: [during their literature class] Pride and Prejudice? Elizabeth Bennet needs to chill. She gave Darcy a way worse time than he deserved.
Professor Soto: Are you saying that Darcy was not in love with Elizabeth?
Hardin Scott: Love is just a transaction. We’re all hardwired to desire. We present the correct set of desirable traits, and boom. We can turn it on, and we can turn it off.
Tessa Young: [referring to Pride and Prejudice] I think that it was the most revolutionary feminist novel that I’d ever read. That a woman of that era would have the strength to reject Darcy when he treated her poorly.
Hardin Scott: That’s a load.
Where to Watch After We Collided:
Hardin Scott: The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her. Whatever our souls are made of, hers and mine are the same. A rather pretentious way to open our story, but I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic. You see, this is our story. Tessa’s and mine.
Hardin Scott: It’s a story you’ve heard before, passed down from the Greeks, through Shakespeare, the Brontes, Jane Austen. It’s the story of a young girl exploring her independence, free from the bonds of her oppressive parent, and promised to a boy she clearly does not love. She meets a dashingly handsome young man, who sweeps her off her feet, even though he represents everything she detests. She falls for him, gives herself to him, and is ultimately betrayed by him, and left shattered. Only it is he who is destroyed by his deceit. When it feels as though all is lost, the two reunite and live happily ever after.
'The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her.' - Hardin Scott (After We Collided) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: Like I’ve said, a story you’ve heard before. Only difference is, this isn’t that story.
Uber Driver: [to Tessa] Wooh! Sure don’t seem like Christmas out here, all this heat we’ve been having. You know, I hate the heat. Heat make people do some crazy things.
Tessa Young: [to Trevor] Excuse me! Sir, can you hold that elevator, please!
Tessa Young: [as the elevator door closes] A**wipe!
'Whatever our souls are made of, hers and mine are the same.' - Hardin Scott (After We Collided) Click To Tweet
Trevor Matthews: [as Tessa gets into the elevator] Did you call me an a**wipe?
Tessa Young: Excuse me?
Trevor Matthews: You just called me an a**wipe.
Tessa Young: No. I didn’t.
Trevor Matthews: Yeah, I guess I just imagined it.
Tessa Young: Guess so.
Trevor Matthews: You know, I was trying to hold the elevator for you.
Tessa Young: Sure you were. Look, I’m sorry. It’s my first day. I’m just trying to make an impression.
Trevor Matthews: Well, you certainly succeeded at that.
Tessa Young: [to herself as she gets out of the elevator] A**wipe.
Where to Watch After We Fell:
Tessa Young: [referring to Richard] I know that this isn’t the most convenient, but you, of all people, should appreciate me giving him a second chance.
Hardin Scott: Me, of all people, would know that he’s probably out there right now, shoving all of our s**t into his pockets. He’s going to hurt you.
Tessa Young: You don’t know him.
Hardin Scott: Neither do you.
Hardin Scott: Look, I’m just trying to protect you.
Tessa Young: I don’t need you to protect me.
Landon Gibson: [to Tessa] I’m going to miss you, dude. I’m going to have to start watching The Kardashians to get my fill of drama in your absence.
'Pain. Lately, I've become very well acquainted with it. The slow and steady aching pain.' - Tessa Young (After We Fell) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: I was hoping that we could move to London after graduation.
Tessa Young: And how was I supposed to know that?
Hardin Scott: Well, I was going to tell you. But, I mean, it doesn’t really matter anymore, does it? Because you’ve made up your mind, you’ve got a plan. You’ve envisioned your life in a way that doesn’t even have me in it.
Tessa Young: You are in it, if you want to be.
Tessa Young: [referring to Richard] You know, I’m not sure that I like this new friendship.
Hardin Scott: I was just trying to be nice. I offered him a ride, and the bar was actually his idea.
Tessa Young: He’s an alcoholic, and so are you.
Hardin Scott: Two alcoholics walk into a bar.
Tessa Young: I’m glad that you think this is funny.
4. After Ever Happy (2022)'All of us have demons. You face them. And just when you think you're winning, it turns out, they weren't your demons to begin with.' - Tessa Young (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Where to Watch After Ever Happy:
Hardin Scott: [after finding out Vance is his real father] Years I’ve spent hating a man who as it turns out, I didn’t even need to f***ing like!
Hardin Scott: “If two people love each other, there can be no happy end to it.”
Tessa Young: Don’t quote Hemingway at me.
'It's our lives. And it's a story about forgiveness and unconditional love. It doesn't matter about parents, or addiction, or whatever f***ed up past. It's never too late. People can always change.' - Hardin Scott (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: Why are you always trying to find some sort of light in me, Tessa? Wake up. There is no f***ing light. I have f***ed up parents, f***ed up past. So, I have a f***ed up head now!
Tessa Young: Look at my parents! My Dad’s homeless, for God’s sake.
Hardin Scott: It’s not a f***ing competition!
Tessa Young: [referring to Vance] He told the police that he started the fire.
Hardin Scott: He’s got lawyers. And that’s not going to change anything. He still lied to me for twenty-one years.
Tessa Young: He’s your father.
Hardin Scott: As of yesterday.
'I thought we had a love that was out of a novel. And no matter how hard, or fast, or tough it was, we'd survive to tell the story.' - Tessa Young (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: I think I should stay here for a while.
Tessa Young: Why?
Hardin Scott: Because I just keep dragging you into my s**t, Tessa. It’s not fair.
Tessa Young: Please don’t push me away.
Hardin Scott: I love you.
Hardin Scott: What are you thinking about?
Tessa Young: I want to stay like this forever.
'There is no rule that says only one person can be in pain at a time.' - Kimberly (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: [referring to Hardin] I could feel him withdrawing with every breath.
Tessa Young: I feel like I’m drowning. And I want to make it work, but I just, I don’t know if I can keep fighting against the current to save him rather than myself.
'It's okay to be sad. But if you let sadness control your life, you'll never have one.' - Kimberly (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Tessa Young: This is bulls**t, Hardin. This isn’t us.
Hardin Scott: Us? What “us”, Tess? There is no us. We keep going round in circles, and you, you just won’t f***ing give up. God! What more do you need? You don’t belong here. You shouldn’t be here. You don’t fit in here! So just go!
Tessa Young: You win, Hardin. You always do.
Hardin Scott: You’d know better than anyone.
Landon: [after he tells Hardin that Tessa found Richard dead] You know, you really shouldn’t be speaking to her.
Hardin Scott: Then why the f*** did you call? Of course, I’m who she needs! You know us! You know me!
'You can't just escape yourself by moving from one place to another.' - Hardin Scott (After Ever Happy) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: [flashback] I’m not my dad. I’m not him. Tess, if you don’t like it, tell me.
Tessa Young: I don’t like it.
Hardin Scott: Then I’ll stop. I won’t drink another drop.
Tessa Young: Really?
5. After Everything (2023)'You will never know how lucky you are to spend the rest of your lives with the other half of your soul, until you've had to spend your life without them.' - Hardin Scott (After Everything) Click To Tweet
Where to Watch After Everything:
Hardin Scott: “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy and it does not boast. It’s not proud. It does not dishonor others. It’s not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.” But I failed us, Tess.
Hardin Scott: My failure was thinking that I was writing my journey, my story, but it was our story, Tess. But I know our story isn’t finished. Even if you’ve moved on, I can’t. I can’t imagine my world without you, because without you there is only me, broken, lost, and alone. Without you, I have no after.
'It's easy to believe that our ability to love is finite, especially when your heart is broken. But believe it or not, slowly you will heal. And your capacity for love will grow exponentially.' - Christian Vance (After Everything) Click To Tweet
Kat: People’s attention spans are like fruit flies these days. You’re hot right now, but we have to ride the “After” wave. Otherwise, it’s another ten months, two years, whatever it is, they’ll forget you ever existed.
Hardin Scott: Seems fickle.
Kat: Yeah, it is. You have a tiny window of relevance, and it’s dwindling every day.
Naomi: [referring to Hardin] Do you think he’s okay?
Kat: That’s a nice way of putting it.
Naomi: Okay, he’s a hot f***ing mess.
Kat: Oh, don’t even get me started. I mean, he’s completely lost without Tessa. But like, honey, you’re never getting her back.
'Whether you end up with a woman you have loved or not, you have loved with every cell in your being, and that in and of itself is a spectacular success.' - Christian Vance (After Everything) Click To Tweet
Hardin Scott: Hair of the dog never hurt anyone.
Trish: Just putting off the inevitable.
Hardin Scott: Not if I keep at it.
Hardin Scott: [to Christian and Trish] You two going to run off together?
Trish: Why would you say that? We’re both happily married.
Hardin Scott: Are you?