You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.


Thank you. Oh, my gosh, I want to thank my amazing husband and director, Jesse, and my two dads for all of the singing and dancing lessons. I want to thank Carmen Tibideaux at NYADA for giving me a second chance at my degree and all my friends at McKinley High. But, um, I want to dedicate this award to the person who is responsible for getting me on this stage tonight and that person is Mr. Will Schuester. Mr. Shue always taught to my strengths and not my weaknesses and he cheered the loudest when I soared and he picked me up when I was in a million pieces. He taught me the one great thing that all great teachers do, and there are so many of them out there, and that is being part of something special does not make you special. Something is special because you are a part of it. Mr. Shue I love you so much. And to all the boys and girls out there, I just want to say quickly before I walk off, that dreams really do come true.

So far, my time at McKinley has sucked, but...not this week. I made some friends, and that's always been really hard for me. I don't know what's gonna happen with this club, but maybe it'll be something special. Maybe it'll be somewhere safe where we can learn from each other and be who we are, including people who are different than us. When we look back on our time here we should be proud for what we did and who we included.

The sun is not the biggest nor the brightest star in the sky. It's just the closest. There are bigger, better, brighter stars. That's what I am. I will be the biggest star of them all.

A couple of months ago I crawled into this choir room with a mission. A selfish one. I needed you guys to help me get my groove back and, well, it came true. Now the world is opening up to me and the best part is that in this moment, I don't care. All that matters is you guys and the strength of this circle that we've created. So go out there and enjoy it.

Rachel: This is what I wanted!
Sam: No, what you wanted was a second chance to get it right and Carmen just gave it to you. If you throw all that away you're going to be making the same mistake all over again

It's hard to believe it's only been a year since I walked the halls of NYADA, but I feel liek a completely different person. I used to be just like them, naive and eager, and I used to see this place as just another stepping stone on the way to bigger things. But I'm not that girl anymore. I've been through the fire and clawed my way back.

Rachel: I'm just scared. I haven't been this scared in my whole life. You know, when I was in high school and I had all these big Broadway dreams, I just got used to everyone laughing at me and I figured one day I would make it and I would show them that I'm not a joke anymore. And then I did and it all fell apart and I realized that there is a whole different kind of lauging that is way worse. So...I can't. I can't fail again.
Mercedes: Rachel, we're all going to fail again and again...the hardest part is just getting up, shaking it off, and getting on with it. Let me tell you this, when you sing? Nobody's laughing.

Rachel: I was so intent on being a Broadway star that I never even learned her name. Any of their names. There was Puck's brother, cross-dressing Mercedes, and the one with the fat mom, and and Rayder.
Kurt: Rider.
Rachel: See?

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Rachel: I'm actually not a beginner. My dads put me in lessons when I was four and I got bored so I quit.
Blaine: Huh! That's so unlike you.

Sam: What do you do in your free time?
Rachel: Hmmm...besides cry?

Rachel: I heard him. At least I think it's a him.
Kurt: Oh, let's not label or judge.

Glee Quotes

I'm a closet lesbian and a judgmental bitch, which means one thing. I have awesome gaydar.


This is what we call taking the high road, which I was shocked to learn has nothing to do with marijuana.