“Felicity, I want you to know that whatever experiences you had to go through I’m glad that you did because they shaped the person you are today. And you know how I feel about her.” ~ Oliver
At first glance this quote appears to be a little bit cheesy, however if you look beneath the obvious reminder of affection Oliver is saying something much bigger than the cheesy “I like who you are.” (which when recovering from hardship usually a helpful reminder) He is saying something about himself. Do you remember last season when Oliver is insistent on helping Roy? Here is the quote in case you don’t…
Diggle – “And that’s why it’s so important to you to get through to Roy.”
Oliver – “I lived a five year nightmare, but if I learned something that can help me reach Roy now…It’ll be worth it.”
This quote has the same idea is less aware and more instinctually reactive. the current episode, with the more recent quote, shows that Oliver is able now to recognize that his island experiences are an IMPORTANT part of him. They don’t just make “Arrow,” amazing training, or the ability to dodge bullets…they make HIM. And even more importantly, which I think he says subconsciously and doesn’t fully realize yet, He loves Felicity BECAUSE of her scars/past…just like we love Oliver BECAUSE of his scars. These “shameful/damaging things from the past” are part of us and with the right kind of person they make us love the other more.