8 Totally Insightful “Grey’s Anatomy” Quotes

by Lauren Thomas
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Over the past 15 years the doctors in Seattle, Washington have stolen our hearts time and time again. We’ve experienced tragic accidents, patients we love, and moments of clarity that allow us to see the world in a new light. Which is why today we’re taking a look at some of the most poignant quotes over the show’s run thus far.

These are the 8 Totally InsightfulGrey’s Anatomy” Quotes.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

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On being strong.

“Believing we survive is what makes us survive.”

Izzie Stevens

When Meredith nearly drowns in season 3, it’s when the rest of the interns gather outside her trauma bay that Izzie brings out this monologue. She speaks about how, yes, they’ve all been through a lot recently. But sometimes having faith that things are going to be okay is the real key to pushing through. And we couldn’t agree more.

On loving someone.

“If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you’re scared that it’s not the right thing. […] 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

After the plane crash that took the love of his life in the season 8 finale, we see season 9 begin with one Dr. Mark Sloan given a new lease on life. Here he speaks words of wisdom to his protégé Dr. Jackson Avery. And his words do justice. Eventually it’s this speech that inspires Jackson to stand up for his own true love. #swoon much?

On learning.

“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

When Jeffrey Dean Morgan first appeared on our screens as heart patient Denny Duquette, we truly had no idea what we were in for. But we quickly grew attached to the burly man with a sunny attitude, falling just as easily as Izzie. With this quote, Denny insights his wisdom on the importance of learning through error. Indeed, sometimes making a mistake is the only way to figure out the answer.

On being your own superhero.

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

Cristina Yang

As much as we love Meredith and Derek, it was Mer and Cristina that were the true OTP of the series. It’s during Cristina’s final moments of the show that she gives Meredith this piece of advice. It’s something we can all stand to remember- we don’t need another person to give us our worth. We have all the power already inside of us.

On using fear to your advantage.

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

Richard Webber

No matter who runs the hospital, he’ll always be the Chief to us. One of many moments of clarity from Richard, in this the former hospital chief reminds us that being scared isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes you need to be reminded of what you have and the chance to lose it in order to truly appreciate what you have.

On being strong.

“Maybe that’s the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all that is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up.”

Alex Karev

Sometimes the gentle approach just isn’t enough and you need the harsh truth. Enter: Alex Karev. Known for his direct nature, this quote proves just how wise he truly is. Sometimes you have to go through the bad in order to get to the good. And often it makes you a better person for it.

On being in love.

“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

The saga of MerDer was seemingly endless for the first leg of the show. We witnessed endless ups and downs throughout the relationship between Meredith and Derek. But after Derek’s wife Addison shows up and he ultimately decides to give things another shot, we’re left with Mer in heartbreak. It’s during this scene of Derek’s confession that truly caused our hearts to break. Despite the frustration, this is proof of why he’ll always be our McDreamy.

On speaking up.

“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

Now more than ever quotes like this matter. In this instance Meredith is ringing true to us all when she says to never let fear or anything else hold you down. If you have something to say, speak up and refuse to be silenced. We couldn’t agree more.

And that’s our list! Feel free to share your favorite quotes in the comments!

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