The only decision left is the one that I need to make with myself-- to stop running... once and for all. I mean, I know who I'm supposed to be with. I've always known. but then the fear takes over, the free-floating, anxiety-ridden fear in the pit of my stomach that makes me run. Jen, I am completely comfortable running. I really don't know any other way.- Dawson's Creek
Lilly: What's a soulmate?
Dawson: It's a.. Well, it's like a best friend, but more. It's the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. It's someone who makes you a better person, well, actually they don't make you a better person... you do that yourself-- because they inspire you. A soulmate is someone who you carry with you forever. It's the one person who knew you, and accepted you, and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens.. you'll always love them.
Jen: I recognize a Joey trance when I see it.
Pacey: It is definitely nice to have her back around again
Jen: Do you feel the sparks?
Pacey: Well, you can never really deny the sparks between the two of us
Maybe that's what I'm starting to realize. The pain is temporary, but the connections we make, they last forever and change our lives in ways we're not even aware of yet- Dawson's Creek
I don't feel loved. I go through each day and I don't think anybody loves me. And I know it's pathetic but it's the way I feel and I'm too young to feel this way.- Dawson's Creek
Joey: I know we always joke about this, but... I feel like I'm never gonna see you again.
Dawson: That's crazy talk, Jo.
Joey: I know. I-- I know I'll see you again, and it probably won't be too long from now, you know, holidays, most likely, but... you'll be different.
Dawson: I will?
Joey: Well, you'll have a tan. And you'll have a girlfriend.
Dawson: I will?
Joey: She'll be incredibly pretty.
Joey: You'll show me a picture, I'll immediately hate her, and the worse part is, deep down, I'll know she's as great as you say she is because...you like her.
Dawson: You sound pretty sure about all this.
Joey: Well, you can't keep it a secret forever, Dawson.
Dawson: What's that?
Joey: How incredible you are
I think you underestimate me. I think we underestimate each other. What I'm trying to say, Joey, is that... what you felt the other night at the movie theater, that something was finally right between us... I felt that, too. And nothing will ever change that-- not going to school on different coasts. Not meeting people who we're meant to love forever-- nothing.- Dawson's Creek
it hurts to be around you. When I see you, even from across the room, it brings up a thousand memories. Not just of us, but of my entire life before. It's like I'm frozen in this place that I can't bear to be. I care about you so much. As long as I can remember, everything's always come back to you. I mean, even no matter what was happening between us. Even the thought of you is at least a constant comfort, but... I can't go back. It just hurts.- Dawson's Creek
I mean, just because we're not together anymore does not change my feelings for you. It's me I'm unsure of.- Dawson's Creek
I'm just trying to tell you that every guy who grows up to be one of the good ones, he was probably a dweeb with girls when he was fifteen, too- Dawson's Creek
Pacey: Just hear me out for a second. Back in the day, how would the old-school Pacey deal with a complicated love triangle? He would dive right in, get all bloodied up, and still lose the girl in the end anyway.
Joey: Pacey, that's not even the same-
Pacey: Eh, eh, it's ok, because... I learned from it. I learned how to recognize it, and I learned how to avoid it, thereby, not making the same mistake twice. And you know what they call that, friend? They call that growth.
Joey: Pace, how do you know that's even the same thing?
Pacey: Because she said, "he's my Dawson." Which is, of course, my personal kryptonite.
Joey: Ok, so I had a Dawson. Do you see me with him today? No. He's part of her past.
Pacey: If there's anything that I've learned from history, it's that Dawson is not the past tense of a noun for you ladies. If anything, he is the past, present, and future. So, what I'm looking for is a woman who has no soul mate to speak of.
God! What more do you wanna know? Yes, Chris and I dated. Yes, I loved him. He was like... my Dawson. Ok? Breaking up with him was, like, the hardest thing I've ever had to do, and every once in a while, I wonder if I made the wrong decision.- Dawson's Creek
It wasn't supposed to end like that. We're not supposed to end like that. Right?- Dawson's Creek
Believe me, Pace, sometimes I wish that was the case. But it's not. I can feel it. I know you don't believe in any of this, and that's fine. You're the cynic. I'm the idealist. It's how we work, I guess. But when I feel something this strong pulling me... I have to act on it. It's... the only thing that I know how to do.- Dawson's Creek
How am I supposed to fix my life if I don't even know where I went wrong? I just want to go back. I just want to start over. Why can't I start over?- Dawson's Creek
I guess I feel different. Like...I've always had this tendency to assume that change, when it happens, can only be for the worse. You know? And lately, I kinda feel like that's not true... like whatever's waiting for me out there... may not be that bad. And even if it is... then not knowing about it... might actually be the good part.- Dawson's Creek
I can't for the life of me figure out how loving somebody translates into leaving them behind.- Dawson's Creek
Joey: Well you have a person sitting right here don't you? And of course, that's not enough. Not until you let it.
Pacey: In what world do I have you?
Joey: Look, just cause I don't fit into that place you want me too doesn't mean there's not a place for me
Pacey: I'm serious. You gotta give that thing up. That thing that you guys do to each other, the heroes of bad timing. You've got to give that up. It's over.
Dawson: No, it's not.
Pacey: Aw, come on, Dawson. How many times are you gonna do this yourself? How many times are you gonna keep on coming back?
Dawson: Until there's nothing to come back for, I guess
But, uh, then there's you. There's proof that someone out there is thinking of me... my friend who was with me always. It's pure magic. I guess this is pretty much just a long-winded way of saying that, um... I'm gonna miss you- Dawson's Creek
Jen: She doesn't look depressed.
C.J.: Well, it's easy not to look it when you're doing you're damndest not to feel it... or anything, for that matter.
I'm willing to admit that the timing on this is far from perfect, but I'm sick of waiting for this so-called perfect timing that's obviously never gonna happen for us.- Dawson's Creek
I think about it sometimes and… wherever we go next, it's hard to imagine life without you.- Dawson's Creek
Pacey: Well, maybe we don’t. Maybe that's the point that we just don't get past it, we realize that... we can't go back to the way things used to be, and there's nothing we can do about that 'cause the guys that we are now are worlds apart from the guys that we were back then. The only tie that really binds us together is the fact that we still love the same woman.
Dawson: [Sighs] It always comes back to that, doesn't it?
Pacey: Yes, it does. Yes, it does, and you know what? I don't really regret a single second that I spent with her, and I'm guessing you don't either. In fact, I really consider us pretty lucky... that a--a woman like that would give either one of us the time of day.
- Dawson's Creek
Joey: Oh, you're saying that I wanted this to happen?
Dawson: No, 'cause that would involve you actually knowing what you want, which we both know is not likely to happen anytime this decade.