Jeremy: Ana said that vampires don’t have to feel pain, that they can turn it off. They shut out their humanity.
Damon: That’s very true.
Jeremy: Is it easier that way?
Damon: Is what easier?
Damon: Life sucks either way, Jeremy. At least if you’re a vampire you don’t have to feel bad about it if you don’t want to.
Jeremy: Is that what you do?
Damon: I did it.. I did it for a very long time.. and life was a lot easier.
The Vampire Diaries 1x22, Founder’s Day