20 Powerful Grey’s Anatomy Quotes to Live By
Grey’s Anatomy is more than just a comfort show—each episode offers little nuggets of wisdom and insightful lessons about everyday life. Read on for the Grey’s Anatomy quotes you can apply to almost any situation.
Meredith on friendship
“We’re friends, real friends. And that means no matter how long it takes, when you finally decide to look back, I’ll still be here.”
—Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2, “Superstition”
Cristina on turning points
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that it only takes one person, one patient, one moment to change your life forever, to change your perspective, colour your thinking.”
—Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10, “Do You Know?”
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Richard on working hard
“This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That’s up to you.”
—Richard Webber, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 1, “A Hard Day’s Night”
Derek on decision-making
“The human life is made up of choices. 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, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 6, “Death and All His Friends”
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Amelia on perseverance
“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, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 11, “All I Could Do Was Cry”
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Meredith on trauma
“Sometimes when you think the storm has passed, you realize you were just in the eye of it.”
—Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 17, “No Time for Despair”
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Miranda on helping others
“At the end of the day, the fact that we show up for each other, in spite of our differences, no matter what we believe, is reason enough to keep believing.”
—Miranda Bailey, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4, “Lay Your Hands on Me”
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Addison on seizing opportunities
“We don’t get unlimited chances to have the things that we want, and this I know. Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could have changed your life.”
—Addison Montgomery, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 3, “Didn’t We Almost Have it All?”
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Cristina on confronting your problems
“Being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things.”
—Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4, “Kung Fu Fighting”
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Jo on breakups
“I’ll rise so high that I’ll make him a fool for ever having left me, and I’ll do it because of how well he loved me. I am changed because of him. He helped me feel worthy of love and even though it’s over, that is mine to keep.”
—Jo Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 16, “Life on Mars?”
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Meredith on independence
“I think you can’t wait for someone to fly underneath you and save your life. I think you have to save yourself.”
—Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 2, “Let It Be”
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Alex on taking the next step
“Today’s the day my life begins.”
—Alex Karev, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 5, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
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Cristina on ambition
“Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here and don’t give a damn about what anyone thinks.”
—Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4, “Losing My Mind”
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Meredith on love
“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, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 5, “Now or Never”
Teddy on getting back on track
“You have to go back to the beginning to understand the end.”
—Teddy Altman, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 7, “Put Me In, Coach”
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Mark on speaking your mind
“If you love someone, you tell ‘em. 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.”
—Mark Sloan, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 9, “Remember the Time”
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April on self-love
“I am not an ugly duckling. I’m a swan.”
—April Kepner, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10, “Man on the Moon”
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Richard on fear
“It’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.”
—Richard, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 4, “Crash Into Me (Part 1)”
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Cristina on prioritizing your needs
“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.”
—Cristina Yang, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 10, “Fear (Of the Unknown)”
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Meredith on confidence
“Find your voice, and when you do, fill the damn silence.”
—Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy, Season 9, “Walking on a Dream”
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