Dr. Temperance Brennan has been called abrasive, arrogant and difficult to warm up to. And though you won’t find her using dreamy hyperbole or waxing sentimental about things ephemeral, her declarations of love and commitment are startling, powerful, and eloquent when aimed at her loved ones, most particularly, her partner and mate, Agent Seeley Booth. We’re about to revisit some of those times. Guileless, feisty, and direct, Brennan saw past Booth’s initial sarcastic facade into his humble servant soul and his tender cowboy heart, and quietly reflected it back to him despite her own difficulties with intimacy. “I love you, Booth. You are my home. There is no place I would rather be. You make my life wonderful …” Declarations such as these have crystallized as facts for Temperance Brennan. To Booth, she is the ultimate, though unconventional, romantic. Her direct nature dazzled him the first time they met and still takes his breath away today.
We’ve assembled 43 of our favorite sweet Brennan-to-Booth quotes from over the last nine years. For a slideshow of the same from Booth to Brennan, check out
#44 “If we don’t work together anymore, then we could have sex.”
Booth: “You’re fired.” Brennan: “What?! Why? Because I drank bang? But that was in pursuit of scholarly research. Why am I fired?” Booth: “You’re fired because you assaulted a federal judge.” Brennan: “No. You thought that was hot.” Booth: “I did. I did. It was very hot. Okay? Cheers.” Brennan: “Hey.” Booth: “Yeah?” Brennan: “If we don’t work together anymore, then we could have sex.” Booth: “I’ll call a cab.”
#43 “I think I could be a duck.”
Booth: “Uh … about you coming out in the field …” Brennan: “You rat bastard!” Booth: “The director will create a special unit. If I line my ducks up, I can head it up.” Brennan: “I think I could be a duck.” Booth: “We stick to the book. Cops in the streets, squints in the lab.” Brennan: “Well in that case the Jeffersonian will be issuing a press release identifying the girl in the pond.” Booth: “You do that and I’m a dead duck. What are you trying to do?” Brennan: “Blackmail you.” Booth: “Blackmail a Federal Agent?” Brennan: “Yes.” Booth: “I don’t like it.” Brennan: “I’m fairly certain you’re not supposed to.” Booth: “Fine. You’re in.”
#42 “I’d like to help you with that.”
Booth: “Being a sniper, I took a lot of lives. What I’d like to do before I’m done is try and catch at least that many murderers.” Brennan: “You don’t think there’s some kind of cosmic balance sheet?” Booth grimaces and looks away. Brennan: I’d like to help you with that.” By the end of the pilot episode, Brennan extends an olive branch to close the gap between them, offering to continue working with him.
#41 “If I can’t respect the law, I can at least respect you.”
Booth: “No, you say you understand but you don’t. Not really. I mean, if you don’t like the rule you ignore it, right? I can’t have that. And if you want to do this…” Brennan: “Do what?” Booth: “Work on cases, you know, with me, outside the lab. If you want to do that, I need to know that you will respect the law.” Brennan: “Tell you what. If I can’t respect the law, I can at least respect you.” Booth: “Oh. Yeah, that’ll work.” Booth arrests a foster mother who admitted to illegally taking a baby into her own care after finding the birth mother overdosed on the kitchen floor, though she never told anyone. Booth has the woman arrested, because that’s his job. Brennan is disgusted with him and thinks he should have let it slide since the foster mother obviously cared for the child.
#40 “I knew you’d back me up, I knew you wouldn’t make me a liar.”
Booth: “How did you know I’d keep your promise?” Brennan: “I knew you’d back me up, I knew you wouldn’t make me a liar.” Booth: “Hm, how did you know?” Brennan: “Because you want to go to heaven.” Booth: “But you don’t believe in heaven.” Brennan: “But you do.” Without talking to Booth first, Brennan promises a young foster child that Booth will be able to keep him and his brother together and returned to their foster mother whom they love. It’s a very sweet scene, with tender glances between both of them.
#39 “As are you.”
Brennan: “It’s hard to believe when you see women trying to disguise or change themselves. I never understood that.” Booth: “Well, I mean, no, of course you wouldn’t.” Brennan: “Why?” Booth: “Well, it’s just, you know, someone who looks like … you … well, wouldn’t. Just because of the way you look.” Brennan: “I don’t understand. What way do I look?” Booth: “Well, you know, you’re … you’re structured … very well.” Brennan: As are you.” After solving the case of “The Girl with the Curl,” Brennan and Booth discuss the case after hours on the balcony at the lab, the air rife with electricity as they both admit they find each other quite attractive.
#38 “I knew you wouldn’t give up.”
Brennan: “I’m okay with you thanking God for saving me and Hodgins.” Booth: “That’s not what I’m thanking God for. I thanked him for saving all of us. It was all of us. Every single one. You take one of us away and you and Hodgins are in that hole forever. And I’m thankful for that.” Brennan: “I knew you wouldn’t give up.” Booth: “I knew you wouldn’t give up.” The Gravedigger buries Brennan and Hodgins alive while Booth and the team desperately try to figure out where they were planted. After the rescue, Brennan and Booth sit in a empty church and admit their trust in each other.
#37 “You don’t play at being a warrior. You are a warrior, every day. You’re definitely a fully developed man.”
Booth: “So, jock mentality, teams, not all bad, huh?” Brennan: Why are you telling me this?” Booth: “You said we’re all [men] stunted adolescents who take children’s games too seriously.” Brennan: “I never meant you.” Booth: “Bones.” Brennan: “What?” Booth: “Bones, I’m one of those guys.” Brennan: “No, you aren’t. You don’t play at being a warrior. You are a warrior, every day. You’re definitely a fully developed man.” Booth: “Okay. Okay. You leave the tip.” After solving the case of “The Player Under Pressure” during which Brennan derides the adult male obsession with watching other adult males competitively kicking balls around a field, Booth asks Brennan if her opinion has changed.
#36 “You enjoy [power and prestige] because you are a superb agent. Objectively I’m more intelligent in certain areas, and in others, I understand my limitations and I admire your expertise.”
Brennan: “Whoever is best has the status and power and becomes a superior mate.” Booth “Yeah, well, I tell you, some of those people are not gonna be mating, that’s for sure.” Brennan: “But they will have the power and prestige. You enjoy it because you are a superb agent.” Booth “You think?” Brennan: “Yeah, of course. Since I am the best in my field, it would be self-destructive for me to work with someone who’s beneath me.” Booth “Oh. Okay, well, that’s good. ‘Cause, um, you know, I have to be honest, here sometimes I think that you feel that you’re better than me.” Brennan: “Well, objectively I’m more intelligent In certain areas, and in others, I understand my limitations and I admire your expertise.” Booth “Oh. You admire me?” Brennan: “In certain areas of expertise.” Booth“Well, I admire your expertise.”
#35 “In working with Booth, I’ve come to realize that the quiet man, the invisible man the man who is always there for friends and family that’s the real alpha male.”
“Anthropology teaches us that the alpha male is the man wearing the crown, displaying the most colorful plumage and the shiniest baubles. He stands out from the others. But I now think that anthropology may have it wrong. In working with Booth, I’ve come to realize that the quiet man, the invisible man the man who is always there for friends and family that’s the real alpha male. And I promise that my eyes will never be caught by those shiny baubles again. Happy birthday, Booth.” After going on a date with Booth’s brother, Brennan began to doubt Booth’s ability to achieve greatness based upon Jared’s comments. Brennan realizes she was wrong to believe Jared and wrong to make assumptions about the nature of true alpha males. At The Founding Fathers later she makes a speech to assure Booth of her faith in him.
#34 “But then there’s another quality. Which is the ability to use intelligence. That is what you have.”
Booth: “We just got to stop hanging out with geniuses, because you’re gonna figure out that I’m really stupid.” Brennan: “What? Don’t worry about that. I figured out a long time ago how stupid you are. What I just said is true, and yet, it really sounded wrong. What I should say is that I don’t care how stupid you are. It’s not any better?” Booth: “No. No. Not at all.” Brennan: “Okay, well, there is intelligence which I have, and Mr. Nigel-Murray. And Sweets, even though, his is so misdirected as to be meaningless. And Hodgins… And Angela… not so much, but she’s very talented. But then there’s another quality. Which is the ability to use intelligence. That is what you have.” Booth: “Thanks Bones.” After investigating a case involving a bunch of brilliant people at a research facility, Booth admits that Brennan is the only smart person he likes. Later at The Founding Fathers, they talk further.
#33 “Speaking to you would require me to figuratively look at myself through your eyes, again temporarily. And I think that would make me live my life more successfully.”
Booth: “When I inevitably drop dead before you. I’d like you come out and spend some time and talk to me every once in a while.” Brennan: “I’ll feel foolish knowing you can’t hear me.” Booth: “Promise.” Brennan: “…I promise.” Booth: “Hey, there you go. Huh? You agreed. I didn’t think you would agree. Now, why did you agree?” Brennan: “I believe that if I pretended you were still here. I would feel better for a moment. Also speaking to you would require me to figuratively look at myself through your eyes, again temporarily. And I think that would make me live my life more successfully.” Booth: “You know what Bones? That’s the best thing that anyone has ever said about me.” Brennan and Booth make conversation after attending the burial of their victim’s step-mother who died after poisoning her step son so her real son could inherit her millions.
#32 “You love someone, you open yourself up to suffering; that’s the sad truth.”
“You love someone, you open yourself up to suffering; that’s the sad truth. Maybe they’ll break your heart; maybe you’ll break their heart and never be able to look at yourself in the same way. Those are the risks. You see two people and think they belong together, but nothing happens. The thought of losing so much control over personal happiness is unbearable. That’s the burden. Like wings, they have weight, we feel that weight on out backs, but they are a burden that lifts us. Burdens that allow us to fly.” These are the words of the book Brennan writes while at Booth’s bedside after his brain surgery. While it may seem that she didn’t say these words directly to Booth, it’s insinuated that she read that book aloud to him as he slept, thereby narrating his dream. As she deletes the story from her laptop with a tear in her eye, Booth awakens from his coma.
#31 “Even with all the financial and intellectual contradictions I still feel close to you … sometimes looking at it through your eyes, I believe that [none of it matters].”
Booth: “You know, Bones. I’m glad that we don’t have any secrets between each other.” Brennan: “Yeah. I like that.” Booth: “I mean, if we have something on our mind we just share it.” Brennan: “Sure. Even with all the financial and intellectual contradictions I still feel close to you.” Booth: “Right. Because, you know, none of that matters anyway.” Brennan: “Well, sometimes looking at it through your eyes, I believe that.” Brennan and Booth fix Booth’s plumbing together after Booth has some insecurities about their differences after he has difficulty remembers things in the aftermath of his brain surgery.
#30 “Every arrest you make changes history. You make the world safer.”
Brennan: “I hate these things.” Booth: “What are you talking about, Bones? You’re great at these things. Listen, you changed history. How many people can say that?” Brennan: “You can. Every arrest you make changes history. You make the world safer.” Booth: “With your help. So, Andrew I thought you were going to take him to this thing. That’s what he told me.” Brennan: “I was, yes, but you and I, this was our case, and I guess what goes on between us, that should just be ours.” In “The Night at the Bones Museum,” Brennan and Booth assure each other that they’ve done great things, after which Brennan repeats back to Booth his iconic line about what’s theirs.
#29 “You have a perfect acromion.”
While disrobing Booth to collect forensic evidence (exploded remains of a Santa bomber splattered all over his clothes), Brennan compliments him on the symmetry of his shoulder blades while inviting to her house for Christmas.
#28 “When Booth and I first met, I didn’t believe that such a thing as love existed.”
Brennan: “I’d like to make a toast.” Jared: “What is this?” Booth: “It’s her new thing. She likes to make– She’s really good at making toasts, though.” Brennan: “When Booth and I first met, I didn’t believe that such a thing as love existed. I maintained that it was simply brain chemistry. But perhaps Booth is correct. Perhaps love comes first and then creates the reaction. I have no tangible proof, but I’m willing to accept Booth’s premise.” Brennan makes a toast about love while at The Founding Fathers with Jared, his fiance, and Booth.
#27 “So what happens next? … … Then, I’ll have a drink.”
Brennan: “So what happens next?” Booth: “What happens next? What? I mean, you like evidence, right, Bones? Well, here’s the evidence. The evidence is that there is something wrong here. Now, I, I fell in love with a woman, and I had a kid. She doesn’t want to marry me. Well, uh And then, the next woman– well, she’s–” Brennan: “Me.” Booth: “Yeah, and now I mean, what is it with women who just don’t want what I’m offering here? Just, You know what? Drink. I’m just really I’m just mad. I’m just really mad at all of you. All right? I’m just mad. Okay, so you want to know how this is gonna work? Okay, this is how this is gonna work. Me and you are partners. That’s what we do. We’re partners. All right? And I love that. I think that’s great. And, uh, we-we’re good people who catch bad people, right? Yeah, and-and and we argue, we-we go back and forth. We’re partners. And sometimes after we solve a case, we come here, and we celebrate. That’s what we do. We celebrate. So, as far as I can see, that is what happens next. Are you okay with that? Great, because, you know, if you are, tell you what. You stay here and you have a drink with me. All right, maybe, uh, we have a little small talk, chitchat. And if you’re not, well, you can leave. There’s the door. And tomorrow I’ll find you a new FBI guy.” Brennan: “Those are my only choices?” Booth: “Yeah. Those are your only choices.” Brennan: “Then I’ll have a drink.” After Hannah rejects Booth’s marriage proposal, Brennan finds him at The Founding Fathers and they discuss their future together.
#26 “Booth, in a week, you’re going to a war zone. Please don’t be a hero. Please just… don’t be you.”
As Brennan says goodbye to Booth for a year, she pleads with him not to put himself in harms way. In other words, she wants him to come back to her after their time apart.
#25 “Happy Valentine’s Day Massacre, Booth.”
Booth: “Bones, what are you doing here?” Brennan: “This is my Valentine’s Day gift to you.” Booth: “Come on, Bones. I told you.” Brennan: “Just open it.” Booth: “What is it?” Brennan: “Just open it.” Booth: “No. What?! Always wanted to fire one of these.” Brennan: “Well, you told me that Valentine’s was all about the Valentine’s Day Massacre for you, so I thought Is this a good idea? I got them from the Roaring ’20s exhibit.” Booth: “Great idea. Ah, you ready, Bones?” Brennan: “Ready.” Booth: “Ah. Take that, you dirty rat!” Brennan: “Yeah, take that, you dirty rat!” Booth: “I made it, Ma! Top of the world!” Brennan: “Happy Valentine’s Day Massacre, Booth.”
#24 “A time could come when you aren’t angry anymore and I’m strong enough to risk losing the last of my imperviousness. Maybe then we could try to be together.”
Brennan: “I’m… quite strong.” Booth: “Yeah, well, you’ve always been strong.” Brennan: “You know the difference between strength and imperviousness, right?” Booth: “Well, not if you’re going to get all scientific on me.” Brennan: “Well, a substance that is impervious to damage doesn’t need to be strong. When you and I met. I was an impervious substance. Now I’m a strong substance.” Booth: “I think I know what you mean.” Brennan: “A time could come when you aren’t angry anymore and I’m strong enough to risk losing the last of my imperviousness. Maybe then we could try to be together.”
#23 “Can you just … ?”
Brennan: “Don’t make me leave. That’s what he said.” Booth: “He wasn’t talking to you.” Brennan: “I was the only one there. And you. He wasn’t, he wasn’t talking to you.” Booth: “He was talking to God. He didn’t want to die.” Brennan: “No, Vincent was like me, Booth. He was an atheist.” Booth: “Okay. Then he was talking to the universe, then. He didn’t want to go. He wasn’t ready, Bones. He wanted to stay.” Brennan: “Well, if there was a God, then he would have let Vincent stay here with us.” Booth: “That’s not how it works.” Brennan: “Can you just … ?” Brennan glances back at the pillows and nods toward them. Booth puts his arm around her and they lay back together. Booth: “Yeah. That’s why I’m here. I’m right here. I know. It’s hard.” Booth comforts Brennan over Vincent’s death. Nine months later Christine Angela is born.
#22 “I’m pregnant. You’re the father.”
Brennan: “They looked so happy.” Booth: “Well, yeah. They had a baby.” Brennan: “Their whole lives have changed. You’d think they’d be a little more apprehensive.” Booth: “Well, you know. Having a baby… that’s a good thing.” Brennan: “You really think that?” Booth: “Yeah, it’s a great thing. Why… what?” Booth: “Oh, come on Bones. Look the baby… the baby’s fine, it’s healthy. They had a healthy baby. Alright? They love each other. This is the happiest day of their lives. Okay? What? Brennan: “I’m pregnant. You’re the father.”
#21 “Those good times with your dad are happening right now. They’ll always be happening. You deserve to keep those alive.”
Booth: “You know, I really don’t want to talk about this.” Brennan: “But I do. And I might say the wrong thing. But for the time being, we’re sharing our lives. And that means you can’t shut me out, Booth. Quantum physicists have postulated that the way we experience time is an illusion, that it doesn’t happen in a linear way, that past and present– in reality, there’s no difference … You do have some good memories of your father. You’ve told me that. There was the time when the river froze and he woke you up at midnight to go skating, and the time you were sweeping up at his barbershop when he put on Louis Prima and pretended the electric razor was a microphone. Well and the World Series. Your one perfect day together. Those good times with your dad are happening right now. They’ll always be happening. You deserve to keep those alive.” After Booth’s father dies, Brennan helps him process his grief in the way only Brennan could.
#20 “We have a house, Booth. You found our house.”
Booth: “Right. Uh, look, it’s no big deal. You know what? I can get my security deposit back. It was only one month’s salary. It’s not gonna kill me. You don’t want to go over there. That part kind of blew up. It’s where the marshals breached. I’m sorry. This is a bad idea. I messed up.” Brennan: “It’s perfect.” Booth: “What?!” Brennan: “It’s perfect. I can see the bones, Booth. The bones of the house. It’s going to be wonderful. The beams and the doorways appear to be structurally sound, and the proportions are very pleasing. I can imagine it whole.” Booth: “So can I…” Brennan: “We have a house, Booth. You found our house.” Booth: “We have a home. Oh! Oh, could you feel that? She kicked!” Brennan: “I think she’s trying to tell you that she likes her room.” Booth: “You think?” Brennan: “Yeah.” Booth brings Brennan to a house he got at a police auction. It’s an absolute mess, but she sees its potential, and Booth is surprised and delighted. When Booth shows Brennan the baby’s room, they kiss and Christine kicks Booth through Brennan’s abdomen.
#19 “This is a perfect place. This is a perfect place. And children who grow up on farms develop far fewer allergies and (groaning) respiratory issues!”
Booth: “I’m so sorry, Bones.” Brennan: “Why?” Booth: “Look where we are, you know. I should’ve been able to make it to the hospital.” Brennan: “It’s not your fault. This is a perfect place. This is a perfect place. And children who grow up on farms develop far fewer allergies and (groaning) respiratory issues!” Booth: “Right, okay.”
#18 “Let it melt.”
Brennan: “I’ve never had undergarments like these before. They seem very comfortable. You chose well.” Booth: “Yeah?” Brennan: “Maybe we should go upstairs, so I can try them on.” Booth: “Comfort is what I was thinking about. Purely comfort. Right. And I should put this away so it doesn’t melt.” Brennan: “Booth?” Booth: “Yeah?” Brennan: “Let it melt.” Booth gifts Brennan with some sexy lingerie after she expresses dissatisfaction with how her clothes fit after pregnancy. His gift is a home run, to say the least.
#17 “I’m sorry for how you must have felt when I did the right thing.”
Brennan: “You still angry with me?” Booth: “No.” Brennan: “I did what I thought was right for Christine.” Booth: “I know. You did the right thing.” Brennan: “If if I told you we were leaving, you would have been an accomplice. We needed you here to catch Pelant.” Booth: “Bones, you don’t have to explain. You did the right thing. I understand.” Brennan: “I’m sorry.” Booth: “Why are you sorry for doing the right thing?” Brennan: “I’m sorry for how you must have felt when I did the right thing.” Booth: “Yeah, you know what? I think I like you better as a blonde.” Brennan: “Oh, no.” Booth: “Mmm. Get up here. Hold on.” It broke Brennan’s heart to leave Booth standing on the sidewalk after Christine’s christening. When she’s able to come home she still feels terrible about having to do it. Booth genuinely understands and forgives her … probably even shortly after she left … because he knew it was their only hope of keeping Brennan and Christine safe.
#16 “I love you. I’m willing to do irrational things to prove it.”
Brennan: “I thought, today, when we apologized to each other that everything was fine. We were polite, but you still knew that everything wasn’t fine.” Booth:”I was, uh hoping that it would be. You know, in the future.” Brennan: “Only if we admit that it isn’t fine right now. Sweets says that I am subconsciously rebelling against the fact that my happiness is now contingent upon your happiness, and Christine’s.” Booth:”Sweets, he’s good with the psychology, okay? But we’re more than psychology. We’re gonna be okay.” Brennan: “I just, I don’t want to be polite about this.” Booth:”I’ll just make sure that it doesn’t happen again.” Brennan: “How?” Booth:”I’ll fart when I kiss you.(both chuckling) I was mad. I lost you and Christine for three months. I’m never gonna be able to get that time back.” Brennan: “I have a way to fix that.” Booth:”Oh, you have a time machine in your basement?” Brennan: “No, we can take Christine to the carousel. Even though I know the outcome.” Booth:”You’re a wild woman.” Brennan: “I love you. I’m willing to do irrational things to prove it.” Brennan and Booth have trouble getting used to each other after having been apart for three months while Brennan and Christine were on the run with Max to evade Pelant’s attempts to frame Brennan.
#15 “I don’t care. I love you.”
Brennan: “You smell like perfume.” Booth: “Oh. The victim’s wife– she had a breakdown.” Brennan: Oh.” Booth: “Her husband died in the line of duty, I wanted to make sure that she knew that somebody cared, so I gave her a shoulder to cry on.” Brennan kisses him exuberantly Booth: “Oh, wait, we’re at work. You can’t do that!” Brennan: “I don’t care. I love you.”
#14 “In the myth, Jesus suffered, and he forgave those. Water to wine, raising the dead, walking on water– these defy the basic laws of physics. But forgiveness, that’s its value.”
Booth: “I grew up in a household of violence and hatred. And look at me now. I look for that every day.” Brennan: “Every day, you try to stop it. Every day, you prove what a good man you are.” Booth: “Then why didn’t I stop her? Why didn’t I stop my own mom?” Brennan: “Because it’s difficult. Isn’t that what you said about my dad? How long did it take me to forgive him? You think I still don’t get angry?” Booth: “Maybe it’s just simpler this way, Bones.” Brennan: “Is that what your religion says?” Booth: “Really? Religion? You gonna bring that into this conversation now?” Brennan: “The Jesus myth is all about forgiveness, isn’t it? Absolution, our ability to transform ourselves. So you grew up suffering. In the myth, Jesus suffered, and he forgave those. Water to wine, raising the dead, walking on water– these defy the basic laws of physics. But forgiveness, that’s its value.” After Booth feels horrible for turning his mother away after decades of estrangement, Brennan knows exactly what to say to help him find his way back.
#13 “You are not allowed to die. Do you understand?”
Brennan: “I just know that men are dying. Men like you.” Booth: “I am not going to die. Understand? Sweets says that Pelant sees this as a game. That is why he called me.” Brennan: “He called to say that the rules were changing.” Booth: “Yeah, okay. If I’m gone and you’re gone, then the game is over. We have to focus on winning. Okay, look. He’s just toying with us. We’re smarter than he is. Well, you’re smarter. Look, you’re the smartest person in the world. Ever. I mean, since the beginning of time.” Brennan: “Stop.” Booth: “It’s true. Oh, except for that one guy. Uh, Gary from old-time Greece. He was smarter than you.” Brennan: (kisses him suddenly and tenderly) “You are not allowed to die. Do you understand?” Booth: “Yeah. I understand.” Brennan: “Good.” As things are coming to a head with Pelant, Brennan fears for Booth’s life as he may be Pelant’s next target.
#12 “I’ve been afraid, I’ve been stubborn, and I’ve been in love … I want you to be my husband. I want to- I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
Booth: “Okay, just slow down for a second. Just, will you just slow down.” Brennan: “The point is I want to marry you. Will you marry me, Booth?” Booth: “Are you serious?” Brennan: “Yes. I’ve been afraid, I’ve been stubborn, and I’ve been in love. And marriage would make you so happy … ” Booth: “Are you sure? You’re not just saying this because of Pelant and everything that’s going on here?” Brennan: “Positive. All this just made me see things more clearly. I love you. I want you to be my husband. I want to- I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
#11 “Everything I want or need is here. Right now.”
Booth: “All right, what about you? If you could travel through time, where would you go?” Brennan: “I’m already there. Here.” Booth: “What? Here?” Brennan: “Here. The difference between past and future is nowhere to be found in the laws of physics. Everything I want or need is here. Right now.” Booth: “Wow. Right here? Right now?”
#10 “You have your reasons, and when you can, you’ll share them with me … we’ll be fine, but next time, it’s your turn to ask me to marry you.”
“No, Booth, I’m not I’m not leaving you. What I want to tell you is that I have absolute faith in you. I trust you. I know you love me and Christine, and I’m sorry I lost sight of that temporarily. You’re a good man. You have your reasons, and when you can, you’ll share them with me … we’ll be fine, but next time, it’s your turn to ask me to marry you.” Booth, unable to tell Brennan about how he’s being blackmailed by Pelant to break their engagement, fears Brennan will leave him. Brennan realizes that there must be something else going on … and assures him she has faith in him.
#9 “I’m very happy. I have a very good job that I enjoy, a lovely home, a healthy and smart child. And I love the man I’m going to marry.”
Booth: “Come on, there’s got to be at least a hundred things you want to do before you die.” Brennan: “I don’t know. I’m very happy. I have a very good job that I enjoy, a lovely home, a healthy and smart child. And I love the man I’m going to marry.” Booth: “That is pretty good.” Booth and Brennan discuss their bucket lists. Brennan doesn’t feel the need for one.
#8 Brennan’s Vows
“When Hodgins and I were buried alive, we each wrote a message to someone we loved, in case our bodies were ever found. Hodgins wrote to Angela, and I wrote to you, Booth. Dear Agent Booth, You are a confusing man. You are irrational and impulsive, superstitious and exasperating. You believe in ghosts and angels, and maybe even Santa Claus, and because of you, I’ve started to see the universe differently. How is it possible that simply looking into your fine face gives me so much joy? Why does it make me so happy that every time I try to sneak a peek at you, you’re already looking at me? Like you, it makes no sense. And like you, it feels right. If I ever get out of here, I will find a time and a place to tell you that you make my life messy and confusing and unfocused and irrational and wonderful. This is that time. This is that place.”
#7 “We’re doing what we love with the person we love. I actually find it highly romantic. A feeling we can explore further when we’re alone.”
Booth: “Listen, Bones, you sure you want to continue doing this? I mean, look, we can just call it quits and go back to the pool.” Brennan: “We’re doing what we love with the person we love. I actually find it highly romantic. A feeling we can explore further when we’re alone.” Booth: “Mmm all right.” Brennan and Booth get wrapped up in a case while on their honeymoon. Booth hoes she’s enjoying herself.
#6 “I told Angela that you’re the best person ever – Oh! even though that can’t be confirmed empirically. “
“I told Angela that you’re the best person ever – Oh! even though that can’t be confirmed empirically. But I don’t give a crap. And then I told her some of the things that we did in the bathtub last week … Do you want to do some of that right now?” Brennan returns from her bachelorette party inebriated and has a sweetly humorous conversation with Booth as he tries to get her settled and ready for bed.
#5 “You nurture me. You protect me. You are my home … I would never let anything compromise the life we share. I love you.”
Brennan: “You know I would never sleep with him.” Booth: “Well, you know what? You did tell me once that you thought that monogamy was unnatural.” Brennan: “Yes. That’s true. Before I realized that we were symbiotic. Like a clown fish and a sea anemone … You and I, we’re bound to one another. So much so that I don’t feel that I could survive without you. You nurture me. You protect me. You are my home. If I were to damage that by a meaningless dalliance, it would be like killing myself. Something that I would never do. Booth: “That sounded a little better.” Brennan: “I would never let anything compromise the life we share, Booth. I love you.” Booth: “Okay, now that’s romantic. I love you, too.” When a Cuban squintern assumes he and Brennan will become lovers, Brennan assures Booth that she values what they have and would never betray him.
#4 “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, Booth.”
Brennan: “You think they might be asking you to be a sniper again?” Booth: “I won’t do it. I have a new life. I have a family. They can’t make me do that again.” Brennan: “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, Booth.” As the possibility of a promotion for Booth starts to sound like it might be serious, Booth is worried he might be asked to risk his life again, putting his new family in jeopardy. Brennan, who is supportive of the well-deserved promotion, assures him he’s the one who gets to decide.
#3 “How could I not support you? You believed in me, even when there’s no tangible evidence the Ghost Killer existed.”
Brennan: “You know, I wrote seven pages on your problem-solving skills. Which I said were excellent. Although, I admitted to being skeptical about your reliance on your gut. But I explained it Huh? by referencing studies showing that gut instincts are merely highly-developed observational powers. So it’s probably your eyes more than your gut.” Booth: “You know, you’re amazing, you know that?” Brennan: “Yes. However, I’m not sure what exemplary quality you’re referencing– my intellect, or Your support.” Booth: “Your … Thanks. Brennan: “How could I not support you? You believed in me, even when there’s no tangible evidence the Ghost Killer existed.” Other than reporting to the FBI that Booth’s comportment is excellent and their sex life is interesting, Brennan also shares with Booth that she wrote about his magical powers of intuition, though she postulates they are not as magical as he assumes they are.
#2 “You know we’re better together, Booth. I-I have my gun. I’m an excellent shot … I hate you for telling me to walk away… Don’t you die.”
Brennan: “I’m not gonna leave you here alone, Booth … You know we’re better together, Booth. I-I have my gun. I’m an excellent shot.” Booth: “No. This is done now, do you understand? We have a daughter to think about now. You get Christine you and go to Max. Now. I’m not asking you, I’m telling you. Now!” Brennan: “I hate you for telling me to walk away.” Booth: “Bones, I love you.” Brennan: “Don’t you die.” Delta Force operatives are on the way over to kill Booth so he won’t uncover the deep conspiracy within the FBI and higher up. He doesn’t want Brennan and Christine in harms way, and forces her to leave him. She says she hates him, but it’s clear what she really means is, “I love you with ever fiber of my being and walking away goes against everything I am.” She hates that she has to leave him to fight his battle alone. She hates that she can’t protect him. She hates that he is her heart and she has no control. And she hates that she knows he’s right.
#1 The Sweetest Things Booth Has Ever Said to Brennan