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100+ Grey’s Anatomy Quotes That Show What Love, Life, and Friendship Truly Mean (2022)

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These Grey’s Anatomy quotes will inspire you not only in life, love, and friendship but in all aspects of life.

Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama that follows the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. This long-running medical drama debuted in 2005 and will continue to inspire us in 2022 on ABC as it enters its 18th season.

You can definitely relate to each member of the cast as they play their roles flawlessly, keeping you glued to your seats. Furthermore, Grey’s Anatomy is more than just a medical drama because it depicts each character’s life as a person with their own flaws and shortcomings.

This collection of Grey’s Anatomy quotes from the original cast to the new cast members will undoubtedly make you nostalgic.

See the full list here.

Best Grey’s Anatomy Quotes You Don’t Realize You Needed

1. “I am not an ugly duckling. I’m a swan.” – April Kepner

2. “I am a woman. Hear me roar.” – Miranda Bailey

3. “Uprooting my entire life is not an inconvenience!” – April Kepner

4. “So pick me, choose me, love me.” – Meredith Grey

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5. “Pretty good is not good enough. I want to be great.” – Cristina Yang

6. “You have to go back to the beginning to understand the end.” – Teddy Altman

7. “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.” – Derek Shepherd

8. “Sometimes, it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.” – Richard Webber

9. “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, stop accepting crap and demand something more.” – Cristina Yang

10. “How well will you play? That’s up to you.” – Richard Webber

11. “Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.” – Christina Yang

12. “In the beginning, everyone is there, but then they forget.” – Amelia Shepherd

13. “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

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14. “Oh screw beautiful! I’m brilliant! If you want to appease me, compliment my brain.” – Christina Yang

15. “You can’t be an ass to me all day and then expect me to give you respect.” – Lexie Grey

16. “Walk tall. All you can do is be brave enough to get out there. You fought. You loved. You Lost. Walk tall.” – Mark Sloan

17. “Just because people do horrible things, it doesn’t always mean they’re horrible people.” – Izzie Stevens

18. “‘Cause 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

19. “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

20. “Being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things” – Cristina Yang

21. “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

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22. “You’re allowed to want what you want even if it’s not what he wants.” – Richard Webber

23. “Grief comes in its own time for everyone in its own way. So the best we can do—the best anyone can do—is trying for honesty.” – Meredith Grey

24. “It turns out sometimes you have to do the wrong thing. Sometimes, you have to make a big mistake to figure out how to make things right. Mistakes are painful, but they’re the only way to find out who we really are.” – Denny Duquette

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Grey’s Anatomy Quotes to Inspire You to Persevere in the Face of Adversity

25. “Bad things happen, but you have to move past it. Leave it behind. The sooner, the better. Or it’ll eat away at you and stop you from moving forward.” – Miranda Bailey

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26. “So you fight until you can’t fight anymore.” – Amelia Shepherd

27. “Let’s play a game of whose life sucks the most. I’ll win. I always win.” – Meredith Grey

28. “There comes a point when you have to suck it up. and stop whining, and start living.” – Callie Torres

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29. “Breakthroughs don’t happen because of the medicine. Real breakthroughs happen because someone is scared to death to stop trying.” – Derek Shepherd

30. “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

31. “Don’t let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice so use it. Speak up. Raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard.” – Meredith Grey

32. “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

33. “Don’t look at me like that. Like I’m damaged goods. I’m still me. I’m still here.” – Adele Webber

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34. “Whatever it takes, just find your voice, and when you do, fill the damn silence.” – Meredith Grey

35. “Hope. It’s recurrent, it keeps creeping back in no matter how many times it gets ripped apart and every time the hope goes it takes chunks of you with it.” – Nicole Herman

36. “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

37. “There’s a club—the Dead Dads Club. And you can’t be in it until you’re in it. You can try to understand, you can sympathize, but until you feel that loss, my dad died when I was nine. George, I’m really sorry you had to join the club.” – Cristina Yang

38. “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.” – Meredith Grey

39. “Why does it feel so good to get rid of things? To unload? To let go? Maybe because when we see how little we actually need to survive, it makes us realize how powerful we actually are. To strip down to only what we need. To hang on to only what we can’t do without. Not just to survive, but to thrive.” – Meredith Grey

Grey’s Anatomy Quotes About Love and Relationship

40. “Please don’t give up on me. Promise. Promise me you won’t.” – Arizona Robbins

41. “It’ll hurt every time you think of her. But over time, it will hurt less and less. And eventually, you’ll remember her and it will only hurt a little.” – Cristina Yang

42. “The problem is we are human. We want more than to just survive. We want to love.” – Lexie Grey

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43. “Promise that you’ll love me, even when you hate me.” – Meredith Grey

44. “I’m just gonna feel bad that I made it so you can never love again.” – Jo Wilson

45. “I’m up there waiting for you to come down the aisle and I know you don’t want to come. If I loved you, I wouldn’t be up there waiting for you. I would be letting you go.” – Preston Burke

46. “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

47. “You think you broke me, little Grey? You’re the one who put me back together.” – Mark Sloan

48. “Every kiss before the right kiss doesn’t count anyway.” – Derek Shepherd

49. “I am so in love with you. You’re in me. It’s like you’re a disease. It’s like I am infected by Mark Sloan and I just can’t think about anything or anybody and I can’t sleep. I can’t breathe. I can’t eat. And I love you. I love you all the time. Every minute of every day. I love you. God, that feels good to just say that. I feel so much better. I love you.” – Lexie Grey

50. “You didn’t love her! You just didn’t want to be alone. Or maybe, maybe she was good for your ego. Or, maybe she made you feel better about your miserable life.” – Callie Torres

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51. “Don’t ever date a man who can’t handle your power.” – Meredith Grey

52. “I know I’m not a lot of things that you’ve gone for in the past. I know, but I would never leave you. I would never hurt you. And I will never stop loving you.” – George O’Malley

53. “Deal with your jealousy. Deal with your shortcomings. Don’t put your crap on me.” – Stephanie Edwards

54. “Some lies aren’t lies. They’re love.” – Meredith Grey

55. “How are you fine? How are you just completely fine? I am ruined, okay? I am dead, I am wrecked.” – Cristina Yang

56. “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

57. “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 out loud and you go from there.” – Mark Sloan

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58. “But you didn’t love her, because you don’t destroy the person that you love!” – Callie Torres

59. “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. A kiss so hot and so deep you never want to come up for air. You can’t cheat your first kiss. Trust me, you don’t want to. Cause when you find that right person for a first kiss, it’s everything.” – Alex Karev

60. “Okay, here it is, your choice—it’s simple, her or me, and I’m sure she is 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.” – Meredith Grey

61. “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

62. “I love you. I do. I just, I love you. And I have been trying not to say it. I have been trying so hard to just mash it down and ignore it and not say it and Jackson is a great guy. But it was never gonna work out, because I love you.” – Lexie Grey

Quotes From Grey’s Anatomy That Will Make You Think

63. “We’re adults. When did that happen? How do we make it stop?” – Meredith Grey

64. “Ask most people what they want out of life and the answer is simple—to be happy.” – Meredith Grey

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

66. “Whoever said, ‘What you don’t know can’t hurt you,’ was a complete and total moron. Sometimes not knowing is the worst thing in the world.” – Meredith Grey

67. “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

68. “Not everyone has to be happy all the time. That isn’t mental health. That’s crap.” – Meredith Grey

69. “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

70. “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.” – Meredith Grey

71. “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

72. “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

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

74. “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. Human life is made up of choices. Live or die. That’s an important choice. And it’s not always in our hands.” – Derek Shepherd

75. “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

76. “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 mess we made. We can try to let go of what was.” – Meredith Grey

77. “Maybe it’s this expectation of wanting to be happy that just keeps us from ever getting there. Maybe the more we try to bring ourselves to states of bliss, the more confused we get—to the point where we don’t recognize ourselves. Instead, we just keep smiling—trying to be the happy people we wish we were. Until it eventually hits us, it’s been there all along. Not in our dreams or our hopes, but in the known, the comfortable, the familiar.” – Meredith Grey

Grey’s Anatomy Quotes to Motivate You to Never Give Up on Your Dreams

78. “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

79. “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

80. “Some days, the whole world seems upside down. And then somehow, and probably, when you least expect it, the world gets right again.” – Meredith Grey

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81. “Picture the life you dreamed of living. Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself?” – Meredith Grey

82. “The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes.” – Owen Hunt

83. “Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That’s not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whiney. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered, and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel until I’m so happy I’m Mary Freaking Poppins.” – Miranda Bailey

84. “Each of you comes here today hopeful—wanting in on the game. A month ago, you were in med school being taught by doctors. Today, you are the doctors. The seven years you spend here as a surgical resident will be the best and worst of your life. You will be pushed to the breaking point. Look around you. Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty. Five of you will crack under the pressure and two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena.” – Richard Webber

Short Grey’s Anatomy Quotes to Ponder On

85. “I need the day off. For drinking.” – Addison Montgomery

86. “Stop looking at me like that. Like you’ve seen me naked.” – Meredith Grey

87. “Shut up. Dance it out.” – Cristina Yang

88. “I’m a superstar—superstar with a scalpel.” – Callie Torres

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89. “Don’t analyze everything. Just do it.” – Alex Karev

90. “That’s where love exists—in delusional fantasies.” – Meredith Grey

91. “Sometimes, you have to be a shark.” – Lucy Fields

92. “I take things personally. I get emotional.” – Lexie Grey

93. “More tequila. More love. More anything. More is better.” – Meredith Grey

94. “Helm, you can either live here or talk, but you can’t do both.” – Jo Wilson

95. “I think you have to stop asking if you can do it, Jo, and realize that you already are.” – Link

96. “This is the way the world changes. Good people, raising babies right.” – Catherine Avery

97. “I’m going to die because these people aren’t properly trained.” – Derek Shepherd

98. “You are in a spaceship. You’re going to the moon. Enjoy the ride.” – Alex Karev

99. “It’s you and me—the plastic posse. Kicking ass and taking names.” – Mark Sloan

100. “There’s a land called Passive Agressiva, and you’re their queen.” – Derek Shepherd

101. “I can do hot in my sleep. I look hot in scrubs. I am a hot person.” – Cristina Yang

102. “I believe if you were dead, the world would be a better place.” – George O’Malley

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103. “Friends are the family we choose.” – Meredith Grey

104. “Yeah, we’re friends. I mean, right now I’d probably say you’re one of my best friends.” – George O’Malley

What Life Lessons Have You Learned From This Collection of Grey’s Anatomy Quotes?

Grey’s Anatomy is without a doubt one of the best medical dramas ever made, both entertaining and inspiring. The awards and nominations they have received attest to this.

Most of us can relate to each character’s life, from striving to pursue their dreams and falling in love, to surviving life itself. This show has a lot of lessons to teach us, and they continue to inspire us with their 18th season this year. We hope that these Grey’s Anatomy quotes inspired you to persevere in the face of adversity and never give up in life.

Which season of Grey’s Anatomy is your favorite? Do you have any Grey’s Anatomy quotes you’d like to share that we didn’t include? Please leave them in the comments.