If we could describe The Last Hours series in one line, it would be: Cassandra Clare hurts our feelings by making us love her characters and then causes pain to them for three entire books—and we can’t get enough! However, the best people to represent the series are the characters themselves, so we’ve rounded up the top 15 fan favorite quotes from The Last Hours that are sure to get you in your feels and in the mood to marathon the whole series at once. Beware: spoilers for The Last Hours series ahead!

15. Jesse and Lucie in Chain of Iron   

“Only promise me one thing,” he said. “If I do go, give us a happy ending, will you? In your book?”

“I don’t believe in endings,” she said.

14. James to Cordelia in Chain of Iron

“We have talked so much of travel,” James said. “I wanted to give you the world.”

13. Alastair to Cordelia in Chain of Iron

“You must stop this,” he said. “You will make yourself unworthy by considering yourself unworthy. We become what we are afraid we will be, Layla.”

12. Cordelia to Matthew in Chain of Gold

“The point of stories is not that they are objectively true, but that the soul of the story is truer than reality. Those who mock fiction do so because they fear the truth.”

11. Matthew to Cordelia in Chain of Iron

“I believe that decadence is a valuable perspective that should always be considered.”

10. James to Cordelia in Chain of Thorns

“I realized you were leaving and I ran after you, because when someone you love is leaving, all you think about is getting them back.”

9. Anna to Cordelia and Matthew in Chain of Gold

“No one ever just wants to have tea,” said Anna. “Tea is always an excuse for a clandestine agenda.”

8. James to Alastair in Chain of Iron

“We are none of us perfect, and no one expects perfection. But when you have hurt people, you must allow them their anger. Otherwise it will only become another thing you have tried to take away.”

7. Cordelia to the group in Chain of Iron

“It’s my understanding,” Cordelia said, “that the question is never whether you know Magnus Bane. The question is always whether Magnus Bane knows you.”

6. Sona to Cordelia in Chain of Thorns

“But you cannot fix someone, Cordelia,” she added. “In the end, if they can be fixed at all, they must do the repairs themselves.”

5. James to a group in Chain of Iron

“Well, you know what they say,” said James. “All the best men are either married or Silent Brothers.”

4. Magnus to James in Chain of Iron

“You cannot save people who do not want to be saved,” said Magnus. “You can only stand by their side and hope that when they wake and realize they need saving, you will be there to help them.”

3. Thomas to Alastair in Chain of Thorns

“Dear Alastair,
why are you so stupid
I brush my teeth
don’t tell anyone

2. Thomas to Matthew in Chain of Gold

“We don’t always love people who deserve it,” said Thomas quietly.

1. Matthew to Cordelia in Chain of Iron

“Love is not always a lightning bolt, is it? Sometimes it is a creeping vine. It grows slowly until suddenly it is all that there is in the world.”