110+ Memorable One Tree Hill Quotes That Still Feel So Real

by Team Scary Mommy
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For nine seasons, we laughed, cried, and loved along with the characters of One Tree Hill. Centered around the lives of two half-brothers from North Carolina, the WB show was known for getting painfully real. A tale of brotherly love, loss, teen angst, romance, and finding yourself through the labyrinth that is your adolescence. Nearly a decade after the series finale in 2012, the show and its characters continue to hold a soft spot in the hearts of fans and in pop culture in general. And even a non-fan could read these memorable lines and dialogues from the series and admit they hold an insightful maturity that rings true to this day. That’s what we love so much about One Tree Hill quotes — they help you relive the classic show and leave you in your feelings.

So, prepare to revisit Tree Hill High School with the following iconic words.

Best One Tree Hill Quotes

  1. “Some people believe that ravens guide travelers to their destinations. Others believe that the sight of a solitary raven is considered good luck, while more than one raven together predicts trouble ahead.” — Peyton Sawyer
  2. “The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it with all your heart.” — One Tree Hill cast
  3. “There’s a day when you realize that you’re not just a survivor, you’re a warrior. You’re tougher than anything life throws your way.” — Brooke Davis
  4. “The hardest part of saying goodbye is having to do it again every single day.” — Lucas Scott
  5. “I’ve come to the conclusion that if having things turn out the way you wanted them to is a measure of a successful life, then some would say I’m a failure.” — Coach Whitey Durham
  6. “I used to be a bit of a b*tch just for the sake of being one, but now I am a b*tch for the sake of my friends and family. You do not want to test that!” — Brooke Davis
  7. “Happiness is not a destination. It is a mood, it is not permanent. It comes and goes and if people thought that way then maybe people would find happiness more often.” — Julian Baker
  8. “At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world. Six billion souls. And sometimes — all you need is one.” — Peyton Sawyer
  9. “I am who I am. No excuses.” — Brooke Davis
  10. “It’s not my intention that one day this scholarship fund will erase the past. But it is my intention that one day it might eclipse it and remind a new generation of sports fans that what you do matters. And how you do it matters.” — Mark Schwahn
  11. “Have you ever wondered what marks our time here? If one life can really make an impact on the world… or if the choices we make matter? I believe they do. And I believe that one man can change many lives. For better… or worse.” — Lucas Scott
  12. “Don’t laugh… but anytime I have a dream about my mom or Ellie, I like to think it’s their way of contacting me from the other side. Like dreams are emails for ghosts, and it’s their way of sending me a message.” — Peyton Sawyer
  13. “Give me regret as long as I can keep the good memories too.” — Lucas Scott
  14. “Most people are stronger than they know. They just forget to believe in it sometimes.” — Keith Scott
  15. “When you stop fighting, you stop living. We all need that thing that’s worth fighting for. Maybe it’s a certain someone, or a special place, maybe just an idea. So find your fight, and fight like hell, ’til your battle is won.” — Brooke Davis
  16. “I think we got one life, one chance, and what we do with it is up to us.” — Peyton Sawyer
  17. “I don’t really think people can change, you know, at the end of the day you are who you are and it’s probably who you’ve always been.” — Brook Davis
  18. “It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life. Albert Camus once wrote, ‘Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.’ But I wonder if there’s no breaking, then there’s no healing, and if there’s no healing, then there’s no learning. And if there’s no learning, then there’s no struggle. But the struggle is a part of life. So must all hearts be broken?” — Nathan Scott
  19. “Anna, it’s not about who I am, OK. It’s about who they are. They are people who hate, and they divide, and they feed off of people who don’t fight back. Yeah, I could laugh this off, but what about the girl who can’t? Who’s gonna help her? Silence only makes them stronger.” — Peyton Sawyer
  20. “People are going to label you. It’s how you overcome those labels, that’s what matters.” — Brooke Davis
  21. “There is no shame in being afraid. Hell, we’re all afraid. What you’ve got to do is figure out what you’re afraid of. Because when you put a face on it, you can beat it. Or better yet, you can use it.” — Coach Whitey Durham
  22. “When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me. It’s you.” — Lucas Scott
  23. “Truth is still absolute. Believe that. Even when that truth is hard and cold, and more painful than you’ve ever imagined. And even when truth is more cruel than any lie.” — Lucas Scott
  24. “Sooner or later we all choose a path. Sometimes you never look back, and sometimes life forces you to.” — Dan Scott
  25. “Life kicks you around sometimes. It scares you and it beats you up. But there’s one day when you realize you’re not just a survivor, you’re a fighter. You’re tougher than anything life throws your way. And you are.” — Lucas Scott
  26. “Mama told me that, sometimes people have to cry out all their tears, to make room for a heart full of smiles.” — Jamie Scott
  27. “That pain in your stomach, that pain in your heart, it goes away. That voice in your head that’s saying there’s no way out, it’s wrong. Would you please, please just believe me? It gets better.” — Kevin Scott
  28. “I wanted you to fight for me! I wanted you to say there is no one else that you could ever be with and that you would rather be alone than without me. I wanted the Lucas Scott from the beach that night; telling the world that he’s the one for me.” — Krissy Bates
  29. “Do you ever wonder how long it takes to change your life? What measure of time is enough to be life-altering? Is it four years, like high school? One year? An eight-week rock tour? Can your life change in a month, or a week, or a single day? We’re always in a hurry to grow up, to go places, to get ahead. But when you’re young, one hour can change everything.” — Lucas Scott
  30. “One day, you look at your life, and it has purpose and someone that makes you feel very special and friends. And all the time and pain that it took to get there, it just doesn’t matter anymore.” — Peyton Sawyer
  31. “Happiness is a mood, and it’s a condition, not a destination. It’s like being tired or hungry, it’s not permanent, it comes and goes and that’s ok. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they’d find happiness a lot more often.” — Julian Baker
  32. “You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices. Or you can fight back. Things aren’t always going to be fair in the real world. That’s just the way it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. Rest of your life is being shaped right now. With the dreams you chase, the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time. And the rest of your life starts right now.” — Haley James
  33. “I read a poem once… about a girl who had a crush on a guy who died. She imagined him up in heaven with all the beautiful angels… and she was jealous. Ellie is gone. I imagine her with all the badass angels now. Hanging out with them in their black leather jackets, causing trouble. But I’m not jealous. I just… miss her.” — Peyton Sawyer
  34. “It’s hard to fight the things we are afraid of. Sometimes we just need a little help.” — Karen Roe
  35. “The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past. And recognize that every day won’t be sunny, and when you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair, remember it’s only in the black of night you see the stars. And those stars will lead you back home.” — Coach Whitey Durham
  36. “Live the life, live the dream, no fear.” — Quentin Fields
  37. “Most of our lives are a series of images, they pass us by like towns on a highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens, and we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever.” — Lucas Scott
  38. “It was a comet. The boy saw the comet, and he felt as though his life had meaning. And when it went away, he waited his entire life for it to come back to him. It was more than just a comet because of what it brought to his life: direction, beauty, meaning. There are many who couldn’t understand, and sometimes he walked among them. But even in his darkest hours, he knew in his heart that someday it would return to him, and his world would be whole again… And his belief in God and love and art would be re-awakened in his heart. The boy saw the comet and suddenly his life had meaning.” — Lucas Scott
  39. “I spent a lot of time searching for reasons and answers. But you can’t find what’s not there.” — Coach Whitey Durham
  40. “You think you know me, but you don’t. And that means you don’t know what I can do.” — Brook Davis
  41. “When your heart breaks, you got to fight like hell to make sure you’re still alive. Because you are. And that pain you feel? That’s life. The confusion and fear? That’s there to remind you, that somewhere out there is something better, and that something is worth fighting for.” — Nathan Scott
  42. “I know you’re searching for things, Lucas. And I hope with all my heart that you find the answers to your questions. But the answers that you’re looking for are closer than you think. They’re in your heart. And in the hearts of those who love you.” — Karen Roe
  43. “We made it, didn’t we? Through all the tragedy and jealousy and confusion. We made it.” — Brook Davis
  44. “I was thinking about the finality of it all — how somebody can leave your world in the blink of an eye and be gone forever. It’s too enormous to think about. It’s too hard. And then you’re just supposed to go on, right, like just deal with it, I mean really you’re only supposed to be sad for as long as the flowers last and then, oh, time to go back to telling jokes and reminiscing about the old days.” — Haley James Scott
  45. “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 is yours.” — Lucas Scott
  46. “We’re all crazy, some of us just hide it better than others.” — Nathan Scott
  47. “There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads, afraid, confused, without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course, when faced with the unknown, most of us prefer to turn around and go back.” — Lucas Scott
  48. “Every song ends — but is that any reason not to enjoy the music?” — Peyton Sawyer
  49. “You know, my pride says, ‘Yeah. that’s it. Just leave here knowing Haley is obviously intimidated by a sexual relationship.’ But my heart says, ‘Forget about your pride, you idiot. You love this girl. And even if you catch pneumonia, your ass is gonna stay out here in the rain until you convince her to forgive you’ So come on, Hales. Just meet me halfway here?” “Yeah. You see, then a funny thing happened; Haley. She showed me that you can find the good in everybody if you just give them a chance. The benefit of the doubt. Sometimes, people disappoint you. Sometimes they surprise you. But you never really get to know them… until you listen for what’s in their hearts and that’s what Haley did with Nathan. That’s what we should do for them. So for you skeptics out there, prepare to be surprised. It’s a magical place, son. I’ve seen that magic in your eyes for the past nine years. There’s only one Tree Hill, Jamie Scott. And it’s your home.” — Nathan Scott
  50. “Someone once said; ‘It’s the good girls who keep diaries. The bad girls never have the time. Me… I just wanna live a life I’m gonna remember. Even if I don’t write it down.” — Brook Davis
  51. “What you do matters. And how you do it matters.” — Marvin Mouth McFadden.
  52. “So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble and fall, cause most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for. Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined. Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination.” — Coach Whitey Durham
  53. “OK, let me get this straight. You don’t have feelings for Lucas anymore, Peyton does, but she’s willing to hide those feelings if you asked her to. Sounds like a pretty great friend to me.” — Rachel Gatina
  54. “Every day we ignore how completely broken this world is and we tell ourselves it’s all going to be OK, you’re gonna be OK. But it’s not OK. And once you know that, there’s no going back.” — Haley James Scott
  55. “OK, guy in need of a clue. Here’s one. Women send signals. That was a brush-off. Before you dip into your shallow pool of wit, let me paint us a picture and save us both the trouble. Here’s your evening. You are going to slink back off to your buddies, laugh this off, get wasted, go home, and make nice with yourself. But don’t be thinking of me because even your fantasy of me isn’t interested in you.” — Brooke Davis
  56. “Do you ever wonder if we make the moments in our lives, or if the moments in our lives make us?” — Lucas Scott
  57. “Does this darkness have a name? This cruelty, this hatred, how did it find us? Did it steal into our lives, or did we seek it out and embrace it? What happened to us that we now send our children into the world like we send young men to war, hoping for their safe return, but knowing that some would be lost along the way. When did we lose our way? Consumed by the shadows. Swallowed whole by the darkness. Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name?” — Lucas Scott
  58. “I’m sticking with the shoelaces. The hearts say I like you, but the shoelace part isn’t too mushy.” — Jamie Scott
  59. “First, you’re gonna let go. Now we’re going to sit, and you are going to cry on my shoulder for as long as you need to.” — Brooke Davis
  60. “That’s where they get you… thinking you got a choice. Love finds you, son. You don’t find love.” — Old Guy
  61. “Sometimes pain becomes such a huge part of your life that you expect it to always be there. Because you can’t remember a time in your life when it wasn’t, but then one day you feel something else. Something that feels wrong, only because it’s so unfamiliar. Then, in that moment, you realize you’re happy.” — Lucas Scott
  62. “Sometimes people write the things they can’t say.” — Peyton Sawyer
  63. “Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is gonna come from, the next smile, the next wish come true. But if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it, you just might get the thing you’re wishing for. The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So, make your wish. Do you have it? Good. Now, believe in it with all your heart…” — Peyton Sawyer
  64. “We fell in love, and at some point, the people we love forgot to love us back.” — Keith Scott
  1. “Sometimes my heart aches at how my life turned out… in a good way.” — Brooke Davis
  2. “Happiness comes in many forms — in the company of good friends, in the feeling you get when you make someone else’s dream come true, or in the promise of hope renewed. It’s OK to let yourself be happy because you never know how fleeting that happiness might be…” — Lucas Scott
  3. “And until you face all the mistakes you’ve made, you’ll never change.” — Mouth McFadden
  4. “We spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing. But ambition is good, chasing things with integrity is good, dreaming. If you had a friend you knew you’d never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be? Say it. Do it. Don’t wait. Nothing lasts forever.” — One Tree Hill Cast
  5. “And once you lose yourself, you have two choices: find the person you used to be or lose that person completely.” — Lucas Scott
  6. “You know, you might wanna take a long hard look in the mirror. And see if the guy staring back at you is the kind of person you want to be.” — Keith Scott
  7. “Love can be for a boy or a girl or a place or a way of life or even for a family. Where you find it is up to you.” — Brooke Davis
  8. “When life comes rushing at you out of the darkness, who will you choose to face it with? Will it be someone you trust? Will they be wise? And will their love for you help them to guide you to the light, or will they lose their way in the darkness? Will they make noble choices? Or will that person be untested, someone new? Life comes rushing at you from out of the darkness. When it does, is there someone in your life you can count on—someone who will watch over you when you stumble and fall, and in that moment, give you the strength to face your fears alone?” — Lucas Scott
  9. “I don’t really think people can change, you know, at the end of the day you are who you are and it’s probably who you’ve always been.” — Brooke Davis
  10. “The kind of friendships we used to believe in. I miss that. And I miss you. I guess I just miss all of it.” — Peyton Sawyer
  11. “My best friend is funny, intelligent, creative, beautiful and successful, and very kind. And she’s also impulsive, frustrating, complicated, childish, but I would not have her any other way. And the best part about Brooke Davis is that she always puts friends first, so if you are ever in any kind of trouble, now you know who to call. I can’t think of anyone I would rather have watching over you.” — Peyton Sawyer
  12. “Life is too short to play games. If you love someone and want to be with them, then go get them. Deal with the mess later. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” — Haley James Scott
  13. “This is my best friend in the whole wide world. Don’t you think she’s pretty?” — Brooke Davis
  14. “You ever heard the expression ‘The best things in life are free’? Well, that expression is true.’ Every once in a while, people step up they rise above themselves sometimes they surprise you and sometimes they fall short. Life is funny sometimes. It can push pretty hard, but if you look close enough, you can find hope in the words of children, in the bars of the song, and in the eyes of someone you love. And if you’re lucky, if you’re the luckiest person on this entire planet, the person you love decides to love you back.” — Nathan Scott
  15. “You ever look a picture of yourself and see a stranger in the background?. It makes you wonder how many strangers have pictures of you. How many moments of other people’s life have we been in. Were we a part of someone’s life when their dream came true or were we there when their dream died? Did we keep trying to get in? As if we were somehow destined to be there, or did the shot take us by surprise. Just think, you could be a big part of someone else’s life, and not even know it.” — Lucas Scott
  16. “I loved it and I was good at it. I mean, you ever have something that you knew that you were better at than almost anybody else?” — Lucas Scott
  17. “My name is Lucas Scott. I’m a senior at Tree Hill High School. I play basketball… at least I used to. I have a girlfriend… at least I used to. And I have a best friend. Tree Hill is just a place somewhere in the world. Maybe it’s a lot like your world, maybe it’s nothing like it. But if you look closer, you might see someone like you or someone like you. Someone trying to find their way. Someone trying to find their place. Someone trying to find their self. Sometimes it seems like you are the only one in the world who’s struggling, who’s frustrated, unsatisfied, barely getting by. But that feeling’s a lie. And if you just hold on, just find the courage to face it all for another day, someone or something will find you and make it all OK. Because we all need a little help sometimes — someone to help us hear the music in their world, to remind us that it won’t always be this way. That someone is out there. And that someone will find you…” — Lucas Scott
  18. “Because it’s only when you’re tested that you truly discover who you are. And it’s only when you’re tested that you discover who you can be. The person that you want to be does exist, somewhere on the other side of hard work and faith, and belief and beyond the heartache and fear of what life has.” — Lucas Scott
  19. “It’s hard when you miss people. But you know if you miss them, that means you’re lucky. It means you had someone special in your life, someone worth missing.” — Nikki Schiefelbein
  20. “I want to draw something that means something to someone. You know, I want to draw blind faith or a fading summer or just a moment of clarity. It’s like when you go and you see a really great band live for the first time, you know, and nobody’s saying it but everybody’s thinking it: ‘We have something to believe in again.’ I want to draw that feeling.” — Peyton Sawyer
  21. “Sometimes I think we waste our words and we waste our moments, and we don’t take the time to say the things that are in our hearts when we have the chance.” — Clay Evans
  22. “You’re my best friend, and I would never cut you out for a guy. OK? No matter who he is. Or how happy he makes me.” — Brooke Davis
  23. “Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know it’s the greatest moment of your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who’s standing next to you?” — Peyton Sawyer
  24. “One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” — Nathan Scott
  25. “Yes, losing your heart’s desire is tragic, but gaining your heart’s desire? It’s all you can hope for. This year I wished for love… to immerse myself in someone else and to wake a heart long afraid to feel. My wish was granted and if having that is tragic then give me tragedy because I wouldn’t give it back for the world.” — Peyton Sawyer
  26. “OK, then let me ask you something. What is gonna make you happy, Peyton? Is it how you look? Or the car you drive or the people you know? Is it money or celebrity or power or accomplishments? Because I have all those things and I don’t think it’s enough.” — Brooke Davis
  27. “I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I believe love conquers all. And that doesn’t mean there’s not gonna be hard days or difficult things to deal with, because there will be. But finding that person who does it for you and knowing that person loves you back it just makes everything so much easier.” — Haley James Scott
  28. “Every song has a CODA, a final movement. Whether it fades out or crashes away, every song ends. Is that any reason not to enjoy the music? The truth is, there is nothing to be afraid of. It’s just life.” — Ellie Harp
  29. “We fell in love, and at some point, the people we love forgot to love us back.” — Kevin Scott
  30. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live.” — Haley James Scott
  31. “You don’t get to have me, not my body, and sure as hell, not my heart.” — Brooke Davis
  32. “We’re young, we’re fine… let’s do some damage.” — Brooke Davis
  33. “Love is a wonderful thing. And it doesn’t knock much, so when it does, make sure to open the door.” — Brooke Davis
  34. “You have one chance, one life. And what you do with that is up to you.” — Peyton Sawyer
  35. “Someone once said that death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live. I could tell you who said it, but who the hell really cares.” — Haley James Scott
  36. “There’s no shame in being afraid. Hell, we’re all afraid. What you gotta do is figure out what you’re afraid of because when you put a face on it, you can beat it. Better yet, you can use it.” — Whitey Durham
  37. “I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I believe love conquers all. And that doesn’t mean there’s not gonna be hard days or difficult things to deal with, because there will be. But finding that person who does it for you and knowing that person loves you back it just makes everything so much easier.” — Haley James Scott
  38. “The rest of your life is a long time, and whether you know it or not, it’s being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate, or bad luck, or bad choices, or you can fight back. Things aren’t always gonna be fair in the real world, that’s just the way it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. Let me ask you all a question; what’s worse, not getting everything you wished for or getting it all and finding out it’s not enough. The rest of your life is being shaped right now with the dreams you chase, the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life starts right now.” — Haley James Scott
  39. “So you bring me into a creepy cemetery and tell me that you’re leaving Tree Hill for good? Luke, who’s gonna raid thrift stores with me and lie to the lost and found and claim stupid stuff, huh? Who’s gonna do that with me now?” — Haley James Scott
  40. (Voiceover) “Some people believe that ravens guide travelers to their destinations. Others believe that the sight of a solitary raven is considered good luck, while more than one raven together predicts trouble ahead.” — Lucas Scott
  41. Deb Scott: “How did we become so broken?”

Keith Scott: “We fell in love, and at some point, the people we love forgot to love us back.”

  1. “I gave you my heart. That’s all that I can give. And if that’s not enough for you, then I’m not enough for you.” — Haley James Scott
  2. “What’s more important? What we become or how we become it?” — Lucas Scott.
  3. “The truth is, I don’t really like to think about college ’cause that means high school’s over. After graduation, everyone will probably go play basketball, or sing, or start record labels. And I’ll have to start all over — alone.” — Brooke Davis
  4. “Either you say too much or you don’t say enough, and then they’re gone.” — Peyton Sawyer
  5. “It feels just like I dreamed it would.” — Peyton Sawyer
  6. “You know, I’m in a little… I’m in a little over my head here. I took her home and I’m doing what I can, but she needs her Mom. I need her Mom. She doesn’t even have a name. We were supposed to do that together. I can’t do this without you. And I’m just afraid that I’m gonna lose you, and it’s just gonna be the two of us. And she doesn’t even have a name.” — Lucas Scott
  7. “Live life for the moment because everything else is uncertain. Take advantage of what is right in front of you.” — Rachel Gatina
  8. “There’s nothing wrong with fairy tales. Everyone ends up happily ever after.” — Ellie Harp

Funny One Tree Hill Quotes

It may seem like this show was all about romance, heartbreak, and beautiful speeches about romance and heartbreak, but it had a funny side as well. Here are a few quips that’ll remind you just how funny teens in the early 2000s were.

  1. Haley James Scott: “I don’t want to lie to my husband.”

Brooke Davis: “I guess that’s in the vows, huh? I wonder if you knew that when you signed up at the ripe old age of, like, 12.”

  1. Brooke Davis: “What’s your name?”

Haley James Scott: “Haley.” Brooke Davis: “Yeah, I don’t like that name. Let’s call you… Brooke!”

  1. “I suggest you leave unless you want your next period to come out of your nose.” — Brooke Davis
  2. “I’d rather lick a puss-infected wound than ever go on a date with Chris Keller!” — Brooke Davis
  3. “Here’s my philosophy on dating. It’s important to have somebody that can make you laugh, somebody you can trust, somebody that, y’know, turns you on. And it’s really important that these three people don’t know each other.” — Brooke Davis
  1. (After being punched by Chris… again) Chris Keller: “Ah, stop hitting me!”

Nathan Scott: “Stop kissing my wife!” Chris Keller: “I’ll stop when you start!”

  1. “Go Brooke yourself.” — Peyton Sawyer

One Tree Hill Facts Every Die-Hard Fan Should Know

  • The show’s title was inspired by the U2 song “One Tree Hill” from their iconic Joshua Tree album.
  • The show was originally going to be set in Illinois, but the WB network asked creator Mark Schwahn to choose a warmer climate, which is why the hit show was set in North Carolina.
  • In the series, Haley has a storyline about her singing career because the creator overheard her singing in a parking lot one day.
  • One Tree Hill famously jumped four years in their storyline so the script could gloss over college and the actors could play characters their own ages.
  • Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols, who played Brook and Julian, had fantastic on-screen chemistry because they were dating in real life.
  • Austin Nichols got to direct two episodes of the series, in season eight and season nine.
  • One Tree Hill was originally written by creator Mark Schwahn as a feature-length film. Its title at that time? Ravens.
  • Playing a star baller wasn’t a stretch for James Lafferty. Prior to being cast as Nathan, he played on his high school basketball team.
  • Art didn’t just imitate life for Lafferty. Hilarie Burton was a cheerleader in high school just like her character, Peyton.
  • The court where they shot the Tree Hill basketball games is the same court Michael Jordan played on in school. So, you know what that means, right? Legends really are born in the Tree Hill High gym!

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