McDreamy And Chill With These Unforgettable Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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Can you believe Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air for 17 seasons and Meredith Grey has been part of our lives since 2005? Whether you’re a diehard Shondaland fan or a casual viewer just for the Cristina Yang one-liners, we have laughed, loved, lost, and grown up with the show a lot has happened throughout the course of the show. Since much of the show’s success is due to the writing, Grey’s Anatomy quotes are always wonderful to reflect on.

It’s hard to believe that Grey’s Anatomy initially premiered as a mid-season replacement. That means that it didn’t get the same amount of hype as other shows on ABC’s program grid. While there’ve been plenty of shows that have found success this way, it’s a bit rare. So, Grey’s Anatomy really proved people wrong. Surely nobody at ABC thought it’d still be on air in 2021.

Grey’s Anatomy quotes are even relatable to those who work outside of a hospital. Much of the show focused on love and growth, which is something all of us can understand. So, that means that there are a ton of quotes to best summarize a situation you’re currently struggling to get a handle on.

Even though the cast has rightfully shifted throughout the years, it’s still known as the longest-running American prime time medical drama series in history. And, that’s an honor they should be proud of. Here are some of the most memorable Grey’s Anatomy quotes to celebrate the show even more.

Best Grey’s Anatomy Quotes

  1. “You can have the worst crap in the world happen to you and you can get over it. All you gotta do is survive.” — Alex Karev
  2. “The body is a slave to its impulses. But the thing that makes us human is what we can control. After the storm, after the rush, after the heat of the moment has passed, we can cool off and clean up the messes we made. We can try to let go of what was.” — Meredith Grey
  3. “We are all looking for answers. In medicine, in life, in everything. Sometimes the answers we were looking for were hiding just below the surface. Other times, we find answers when we didn’t realize we were asking a question. Sometimes, the answers can catch us completely by surprise. And sometimes, even when we find the answer we’ve been looking for, we’re still left with a whole helluva lot of questions.” — Meredith Grey
  4. “Oh, screw beautiful! I’m brilliant! If you want to appease me, compliment my brain.” — Christina Yang
  5. “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!” — Callie Torres
  6. “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, stop accepting crap and demand something more.” — Cristina Yang
  7. “Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we’re wired that way. Because without it, I don’t know, maybe we just wouldn’t feel real. What’s that saying? Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.” — Meredith Grey
  8. “The problem is we are human. We want more than to just survive. We want to love.” — Lexie Grey
  9. “I’ve had to give up things, but what I’ve learned is that I don’t need much. I don’t need much to be happy.” — Arizona Robbins
  10. “I need the day off. For drinking.” — Addison Montgomery
  11. “I wore a diaper yesterday, yes — and I will wear one today. If it helps Dr. Shepherd get through the surgery, I will wear a diaper. My diaper is awesome. My diaper is hardcore. You wish you had the balls to wear my diaper. I’m gonna wear it, and I’m gonna wear it with pride. And if I have to pee in it? Oh, I’ll pee. Because I am a surgeon. This is America. And I will do what needs to be done. So you can kiss my hardcore, diaper-wearing ass.” — Lexie Grey
  12. “We’re all going to die. We don’t get much say over how or when, but we do get to decide how we’re gonna live. 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.” — Richard Webber
  13. “Knowing is better than wondering. Waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.” — Meredith Grey
  14. “Walk tall. All you can do is be brave enough to get out there. You fought, you loved, you lost. Walk tall.” — Mark Sloan
  15. “I’m just gonna feel bad that I made it so you can never love again.” — Jo Wilson
  16. “You have to go back to the beginning to understand the end.” — Teddy Altman
  17. “It’s one of those things that people say, you can’t move on until you let go of the past. Letting go is the easy part, it’s the moving on that’s painful. So sometimes we fight it, try and keep things the same. Things can’t stay the same, though. At some point, you just have to let go. Move on. Because no matter how painful it is, it’s the only way we grow.” — Meredith Grey
  18. “You grew up. It’s a shame, an awful thing to grow up. The carousel never stops turning. You can never get off.” — Ellis Grey
  19. “The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes.” — Owen Hunt
  20. “You were like coming up for fresh air. It’s like I was drowning and you saved me. That’s all I know.” — Derek Shepherd
  21. “Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.” — Cristina Yang
  22. “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
  23. “Some lies aren’t lies. They’re love.” — Meredith Grey
  24. “Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.” — Richard Webber
  25. “Please don’t give up on me. Promise. Promise me you won’t.” — Arizona Robbins
  26. “Intimacy is a four-letter syllable for, here’s my heart and soul, please grind them into a hamburger and enjoy. It’s both desired and feared. Difficult to live with, impossible to live without.” — Meredith Grey
  27. “Don’t ever date a man who can’t handle your power.” — Meredith Grey
  28. “How are you fine? How are you just completely fine? I am ruined, OK? I am dead, I am wrecked.” — Cristina Yang
  29. “If you can’t do it, 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.” — Amelia Shepherd
  30. “There comes a point when you have to suck it up and stop whining and start living.” — Callie Torres
  31. “OK, here it is. Your choice, it’s simple, her or me. And I’m sure she’s really great. But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big ‘pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your window,’ unfortunate way that makes me hate you love you. So, pick me. Choose me. Love me.” — Meredith Grey
  32. “Yes, horrible things do happen. Happiness, in the face of all of that, that’s not the goal. Feeling horrible, and knowing that you’re not gonna die from those feelings, that’s the point.” — Katherine Wyatt
  33. “When we follow our 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, we find a little peace.” — Meredith Grey
  34. “Every kiss before the right kiss doesn’t count anyway.” — Derek Shepherd
  35. “She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.” — Cristina Yang
  36. “Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone. It isn’t just death we have to grieve. It’s life, it’s loss, it’s change. And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, it has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime. That’s how you stay alive when it hurts so much you can’t breathe. That’s how you survive. By remembering that one day somehow, impossibly, it won’t feel this way. It won’t hurt this much. Grief comes in its own time for everyone in its own way. So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty. The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can’t control it. The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes and let it go when we can.” — Meredith Grey
  37. “Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. Live or die. Hero or coward. Fight or give in. I’ll say it again to make sure you hear me. The human life is made up of choices. Live or die. That’s the important choice. And it’s not always in our hands.” — Derek Shepherd
  38. “Breakthroughs don’t happen because of the medicine. Real breakthroughs happen because someone is scared to death to stop trying.” — Derek Shepherd
  39. “I’m a superstar. A superstar with a scalpel.” — Callie Torres
  40. “Friends are the family we choose.” — Meredith Grey
  41. “This is the way the world changes. Good people, raising babies right.” — Catherine Avery
  42. “I want so much for you. For both of us. So much more than this. More than being stuck with someone who feels stuck. I want you to feel free.” — Callie Torres
  43. “You think you broke me, little grey? You’re the one who put me back together.” — Mark Sloan
  44. “I love everything about you. Even the things I don’t like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you and I think you love me, too. Do you?” — Jackson Avery
  45. “You never think that the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don’t.” — Meredith Grey
  46. “I am woman. Hear me roar.” — Miranda Bailey
  47. “In the beginning, everyone is there, but then they forget.” — Amelia Shepherd
  48. “We may only be together five minutes every two months, but when we do, we will savor every second. We know how valuable those five minutes are.” Ben Warren
  49. “Why do we even try when the barriers are so high and the odds are so low? Why don’t we just pack it in and go home?” Amelia Shepherd
  50. “If there’s an upside to free-falling, it’s the chance you give your friends to catch you.” — Meredith Grey
  51. “We lose those battles as often as we succeed. The key, though, win or lose, is to never fail. And the only way to fail is not to fight. So fight until you can’t fight anymore. Never let go. Never give up. Never run. Never surrender. Fight the good fight, you fight even when it seems inevitable you’re about to go down swinging.” — Amelia Shepherd
  52. “Did you say it? ‘I love you.’ ‘I don’t ever want to live without you.’ ‘You changed my life.’ Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then look around; Drink it in ’cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.” — Meredith Grey
  53. “You can build a house out of anything. Make it as strong as you want. But a home, a home is more fragile than that. A home is made of the people you fill it with. 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.” — Meredith Grey

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