Meredith Grey, M.D. is a fictional character from the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, which airs on the American Broadcasting Company in the United States. Profoundly inspirational Meredith Grey quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.
Famous Meredith Grey Quotes
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
Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have.
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
You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations because the expected is just what keeps us steady. The expected is just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.
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
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. Whatever it takes, just find your voice and when you do, fill the damn silence.
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
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.
Sometimes you have to be a shark. Lucy Fields
Sometimes, it takes a huge loss to remind you of what you care about the most. Sometimes, you find yourself becoming stronger as a result, wiser, better to deal with the next big disaster that comes along sometimes, but not always.
Deal with your jealousy. Deal with your shortcomings. Don’t put your crap on me. Stephanie Edwards
You don’t have to be tough every minute of every day. It’s okay to let down your guard. In fact, there are moments when it’s the best thing you can possibly do as long as you choose your moments wisely.
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
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.
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
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, and the sky will clear in an instant. But only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it.
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. Mark Sloan
I’m all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don’t get to call me a whore.
You have to go back to the beginning to understand the end. Teddy Altman
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.
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
What’s worse? New wounds, which are so horribly painful, or old wounds that should have healed years ago and never did? Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been and what we’ve overcome. They teach us lessons about what to avoid in the future.
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
We’re adults. How did that happen, and how can we make it stop?
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
They say death is hardest on the living. It’s tough to actually say goodbye. Sometimes, it’s impossible. You never really stop feeling the loss. It’s what makes things so bittersweet. We leave little bits of ourselves behind, little reminders. A lifetime of memories, photos, trinkets. Things to remember us by even when we’re gone.
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
We all think we’re going to be great. And we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met.
Being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things. Cristina Yang
Life is not a spectator sport.
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
The body is a slave to its impulses.
Not everyone has to be happy all the time. That isn’t mental health. That’s crap. Meredith Grey
Sometimes, change is everything.
Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose. Richard Webber
Just like we need food and water, humans need each other.
It’s a beautiful day to save lives. Derek Shepherd
Responsibility, it really does suck.
Don’t analyze everything. Just do it. Alex Karev
Sometimes, the most important history is the history we’re making today.
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
So, you keep going. You don’t give up. You stand tall. You fight. You always show up to save the day.
Just because people do horrible things, it doesn’t always mean they’re horrible people. Izzie Stevens
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.
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
We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug until we can’t anymore.
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
We have to keep reinventing ourselves, almost every minute because the world can change in an instant.
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
Vulnerability isn’t the opposite of strength. It’s a necessary part. You have to force yourselves to open up, to expose ourselves, to offer everything we have, and just pray that it’s good enough. Otherwise, we’ll never succeed.
Breakthroughs don’t happen because of the medicine. Real breakthroughs happen because someone is scared to death to stop trying. Derek Shepherd
Some days, the whole world seems upside down. And then, somehow, improbably and when you least expect it, the world rights itself again.
Don’t ever date a man who can’t handle your power. Meredith Grey
Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That’s not mental health. That’s crap.
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
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.
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
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.
The expected is what keeps us steady. It’s the unexpected that changes our lives forever. Meredith Grey
Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn’t just about being tough. It’s about acceptance.
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
They say the bigger your investment, the bigger your return. But you have to be willing to take a chance. You have to understand you might lose it all. But if you take that chance, if you invest wisely, the payoff just might surprise you.
Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are. Cristina Yang
The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes. But one thing is certain when it finally reveals itself, the future is never the way we imagined it.
The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes.Owen Hunt
What’s important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning. But it’s also important to remember that amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to.
Don’t look at me like that. Like I’m damaged goods. I’m still me. I’m still here. Adele Webber
There are days that make the sacrifices seem worthwhile and then there are the days where everything feels like a sacrifice. And then there are the sacrifices that you can’t even figure out why you’re making.
Friends are the family we choose. Meredith Grey
Change. We don’t like it. We fear it, but we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change 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.
This is the way the world changes. Good people, raising babies right. Catherine Avery
We deny that we’re tired, we deny we are scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed, and most importantly we deny that we are in denial. We only see what we want to see, and believe what we want to believe, and it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after a while, the lies start to seem like the truth. We deny so much that we can’t recognize the truth right in front of our faces.
You are in a spaceship. You’re going to the moon. Enjoy the ride. Alex Karev
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.
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 on 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
We’re all damaged, it seems. Some of us, more than others, carry the damage with us from childhood, then as grownups, we give as good as we get. Ultimately, we all do damage and then, we set about the business of fixing whatever we can
The problem is we are human. We want more than to just survive. We want to love. Lexie Grey
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.
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
The thing about addiction is, it never ends well. Because eventually, whatever it is that was getting us high, stops feeling good, and starts to hurt. Still, they say you don’t kick the habit until you hit rock bottom. But how do you know when you are there? Because no matter how badly a thing is hurting us, sometimes, letting it go hurts even worse.
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
Adapt or die. As many times as we’ve heard it, the lesson doesn’t get easier. Problem is, we’re human. We want more than just to survive. We want success. We want to be the best we can be so we fight like hell to get those things. Anything else feels like death.
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
When 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.
There comes a point when you have to suck it up and stop whining and start living. Callie Torres
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.
Please don’t give up on me. Promise. Promise me you won’t. Arizona Robbins
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. Whatever it takes, just find your voice, and when you do, fill the damn silence. Meredith Grey
No matter how hard you fight it, you fall and it’s scary as hell. Except there’s an upside to free falling. It’s the chance you give your friends to catch you.
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.
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
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.
So you fight. Until you can’t fight anymore. Amelia Shepherd
The thing people forget is how good it can feel when you finally set secrets free. Whether good or bad, at least they’re out in the open, like it or not. And once your secrets are out in the open, you don’t have to hide behind them anymore. The problem with secrets is even when you think you’re in control, you’re not.
How are you fine? How are you just completely fine? I am ruined, OK? I am dead, I am wrecked. Cristina Yang
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 life drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.