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20 Grey’s Anatomy Quotes That Really Make You Think

20 Grey's Anatomy Quotes That Really Make You Think

1. “At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So you can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.”

2. “There are moments. Moments that in a split second, your life changes forever. And before you know it, you’re somewhere else.”

3. “If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it’d be easy, they just promised that it’d be worth it.”

4. “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature.”

5. “Sometimes we ease the pain by making the best of what we have. Sometimes it’s by losing ourselves in a moment, and sometimes all we need to do to was the pain is call a simple truce.”

6. “You deserve to be with somebody who makes you happy. Somebody who’s not gonna complicate your life. Somebody who won’t hurt you.”

7. “The expected is what keeps us steady. It’s the unexpected that changes our lives forever.”

8. “Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worse, beats the hell out of never trying.”

9. “Each person we let ourselves care about is just one more loss somewhere down the line.”

10. “Here is the truth about the truth: it hurts, so we lie.”

11. “I can’t lose you. I won’t survive and that’s your fault. You made me love you. You made me let you in.”

12. “When it hurts so much that you can’t breathe, that’s when you know you’re still alive.”

13. “The problem is, fairytales don’t come true. It’s the nightmares that always seem to become the reality.”

14. “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”

15. “The past is like an anchor holding us back. You have to let go of who you are to become who you will be.”

16. “Once in a blue moon, people will surprise you. And once in awhile, people may even take your breath away.”

17. “The sky will clear in an instant, and only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it.”

18. “Don’t spend all your time wondering what you are or who you like or whether it’s right for you or wrong for you. Just let yourself be happy.”

19. “If you aren’t willing to keep looking for light in the darkest of places without stopping, even when it seems impossible, you will never succeed.”

20. “If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you’re scared that it’s not the right thing. Even if you’re scared that it’ll cause problems. Even if you’re scared that it will burn your life to the ground. You say it, and you say it loud and you go from there.”

“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.”

“I don’t know why we hold onto something we know we’re better off letting go of. It’s like we’re scared to lose what we don’t even really have. Some of us say we’d rather have something than absolutely nothing, but the truth is, to have it halfway is harder than not having it at all.”

“If there’s just one piece of advice I can give you, it’s this… when there’s something you really want, fight for it, don’t give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you’ve lost hope, ask yourself in 10 years from now, you’re gonna wish you gave it just one more shot because the best things in life, they don’t come free.”


“There’s a reason I said I’d be happy alone. It wasn’t ’cause I thought I’d be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It’s easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and don’t have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It’s like dying. The only difference is death ends.This? This could go on forever.”


“Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have. Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out. Desire can wreck your life. But as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most, are those who don’t know what they want.”

“People have scars. In all sorts of unexpected places. Like secret road maps of their personal history. Diagrams of all their old wounds. Most of our wounds heal, leaving nothing behind but a scar. But some of them don’t. Some wounds we carry with us everywhere and though the cuts long gone, the pain still lingers.”


“Sometimes the past is something you can’t let go of. And sometimes the past is something we’ll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.”


“When we follow out hearts; when we choose not to settle. It’s funny, isn’t it? A weight lifts. The sun shines a little brighter. And, for a brief moment at least, we find a little piece.”


“At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you , and once in a while people may even take your breath away.”


 “We do our very best but sometimes it’s just not good enough. We buckle our seat belts, we wear a helmet, we stick to the lighted path. We try so hard to protect ourselves but it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference, cause when the bad things come, they come out of nowhere. The bad things come suddenly with no warning, but we forget, that sometimes that’s how the good things come too.”



“We all think we’re going to be great. And we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met. But, sometimes, our expectations sell us short. Sometimes, the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. The unexpected…is what changes our lives.”


“Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose…”


“Time flies. Time waits for no man. Time heals all wounds. All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.”


“And people can be broken, sure, but any surgeon knows, what’s broken can be mended. What’s hurt can be healed. That no matter how dark it gets, the sun’s going to rise again.”


“We’re friends, real friends. And that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally do decide to look back, I’ll be here.”.

“Just because we can live without something, it doesn’t mean we have to.”


“Yes, horrible do things do happen. Happiness, in the fact of all of that, that’s not the goal. Feeling the horrible, and knowing that you’re not gonna die from those feelings, that’s the point.”


“Change, we don’t like it, we fear it. But we can’t stop it from coming or we get left behind. It hurts to grow. Anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying, but here’s the truth: sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes, change is good. Sometimes, change is…everything.”

We’re petrified of saying too much or saying it wrong. When the truth is, the only wrong thing you can say is nothing at all.

“Some days, the whole world seems upside down. And then somehow, improbably, and when you least expect it, the world rights itself again.”


“Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose, or draw, the game is on. So go ahead…argue with the ref, change the rules, cheat a little, take a break and tend to your wounds. But play. Play. Play hard, play fast…play loose and free. Play as if there’s no tomorrow.”

Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy but he’s not the sun, you are.

— Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10: Fear (of the Unknown)

Oh, screw beautiful. I’m brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain.

— Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 7: This is How We Do it

We’re petrified of saying too much or saying it wrong. When the truth is, the only wrong thing you can say is nothing at all.

— Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13: Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?

The reality is that pain is there to tell us something, and there’s only so much pleasure we can take without getting a stomach ache. And maybe that’s okay. Maybe some fantasies are only supposed to live in our dreams.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 3: Sometimes a Fantasy


You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. The expected’s just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 3: Great Expectations


Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks.You’re on your own. Be on your own.

— Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4:



You didn’t love her! You just didn’t want to be alone. Or maybe, maybe she was good for your ego. Or, or maybe she made you feel better about your miserable life, but you didn’t love her, because you don’t destroy the person that you love!

— Dr. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4: The Heart of the Matter



Failure is inevitable, unavoidable. But failure should never get the last word. You have to hold on to what you want. You have to not take no for an answer, and take what’s coming to you. Never give in. Never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10: Get Up, Stand Up



It’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.

— Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4: Crash Into Me (Part 2)


We forget that all that matters is people.

— Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 9: Remember The Time


There’s an end to every storm. Once all the trees have been uprooted. Once all the houses have been ripped apart. The wind will hush. The clouds will part. The rain will stop. The sky will clear in an instant and only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 9: Perfect Storm


The key to making progress is to recognize how to take that very first step. Then you start your journey. You hope for the best and you stick with it, day in, day out. Even if you’re tired, even if you want to walk away, you don’t. Because you are a pioneer. And nobody ever said it’d be easy.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10: Man on the Moon

If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, stop accepting crap and demand something more.

— Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4:

Don’t you wish you could just take it back? That thing you said? That thing you did? There’s no undo button. There’s only hoping we can learn. We can change, right? We can do better. We can’t take back what we’ve done. We can’t undo the past, cause the future keeps coming at us.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13: Undo


You should just go into the light already so I can get on another case.

— Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: Winning a Battle, Losing the War

So, you keep going. You don’t give up. You stand tall. You fight. You always show up to save the day.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 13: Jukebox Hero

Dr. Derek Shepherd: I was drunk, vulnerable, and good-looking, and you took advantage.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I was the one who was drunk, and you are not that good-looking.

— Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: A Hard Day’s Night



Responsibility. It really does suck….Unfortunately, once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn’t go away.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: Shake Your Groove Thing


Intimacy is a four-syllable word for ‘Here are my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger, and enjoy.’

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: No Man’s Land


Surgery’s like the Wild West. You didn’t get your claim in Montana from the bank. You got it ’cause you put a fence around it and shot the ass off anyone who walked by.

— Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 5: Brave New World


Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That’s not mental health. That’s crap.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4: Losing My Mind


For a kiss to be really good, you want it to mean something. You want it to be with someone you can’t get out of your head. So that when your lips finally touch, you feel it everywhere.

— Dr. Alex Karev (justin-chambers), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2: Into You Like a Train


No matter how hard we try to ignore it or deny it, eventually the lies fall away…whether we like it or not….But here’s the truth about the truth: It hurts. So we lie.

— Joan Rater, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

What? So I slept with him again. So I’m a big whore. A big horny whore who can’t get enough.

— Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2: What Have I Done to Deserve This?

I wish there were a rulebook for intimacy. Some kind of a guide that can tell you when you’ve crossed the line.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: No Man’s Land



Alex, I haven’t had sex in eight months and twelve days. I’m horny, I’m half-naked, and I’m saying yes. Do you want to stand there and talk metaphors, or do you want to literally take off your pants?

— Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2: It’s the End of the World


It’s not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved….And once in a while, if you’re smart, the life you save could be your own.

— Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1: Winning a Battle, Losing the War

You’re letting her think you’re emotionally available. You’re letting her think she has a chance. And there is nothing worse in the world than thinking you have a chance when you really don’t.

— Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2: Enough is Enough


“There comes a point where it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore.
So we give up. That’s When the real works begins.To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.

– Cristina Yang



“I think it’s important to take the time to tell the people you love how much you love them while they can hear you.”

– Meredith Grey


“In group settings,Men are 75% more likely to speak up than women,and when a woman does speak up,It’s statistically probable her make counterparts will either interrupt her,or speak over her.It’s not because they’re rude,It’s science,The Female voice is scintifically proven to be more difficult for a male brain to register.What does this mean?
It means,In this world,Where men are bigger,Stronger,Faster,If you’re not ready to fight,The silence will kill You.”

– Meredith Grey



“Please,Don’t Chase me anymore,
Unless you’re ready to catch me.”

– Callie Torres



“It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love.And then you find somebody else,And it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place.”

– Lexie Grey


There’s this person inside my head. She’s Brilliant,capable .She’s Me,Only so much better.
and i’m afraid i’ll never become this person

– Meredith Grey


“You were like coming up for fresh air.It’s like i was drowning and you saved me.”

– Derek Shapherd




“It’ll hurt.Every time you think of her.But over time,It will hurt less and less.
& eventually you’ll remember her and it will only hurt a little.”

– Cristina Yang


“i Don’t know why we all half on to something we know we’re better off letting go.It’s Like were scared to lose what we don’t even really have.Some of us say we’d rather have that something than absolutely nothing,but the truth is,To have it halfway is harder than not having it at all.

– Meredith Grey



“Don’t Ever date a man who can’t handle your power.”

– Meredith Grey



“That’s how you stay alive.When it hurts so much you can’t breath,That’s How you remembering that,one day,someone,Impossibly,You won’t feel this way.It won’t hurt this much.”

-Grey’s Anatomy

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