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Top 10 “Grey’s Anatomy” Quotes of All Time

“Grey’s Anatomy” has had fans swooned for almost two decades and takes us through the life of a surgeon–from intern to Chief of General Surgery.

Being the longest-running medical drama series, the show has left its audience with numerous feelings. Love, angst, anger, and heartbreak consume all of us, and then add in some steamy surgeons? Of course, there will be amazing quotes.

Continue reading for “Grey’s Anatomy” Top 10 Quotes of All Time, and reminisce with us!

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1. “Pick me, choose me, love me”

This scene shows Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey in the operating room, where she opens up with a monologue about her love for him. Derek was going through a divorce at the moment, and was questioning his decision on separating. This scene left a gut-wrenching feeling for viewers. Pouring your heart out and telling someone to pick you isn’t the easiest thing to do, but we all know Meredith and Derek’s bond couldn’t be broken. Sometimes people need a little affirmation.

2. “I’m asking you, to give me my dad”

Although Meredith has had a rocky relationship with her dad, her relationship with Lexi became seemingly unbreakable. In this scene, Meredith and Lexi’s father is sick, and Lexi pleads with Meredith to save his life. It’s not the typical sister-to-sister monologue you’d expect. It shows a complex story of two sisters with the same dad, but different experiences. Lexi understands Meredith may not feel obligated as his daughter to save him, but she could understand how Lexi, as her sister, felt about their father.

3. “You’re my person, I need you alive, You make me brave”

Unlike many other tear-jerking quotes that revolve around romance, this quote represents the essence of friendship. The duo, Cristina and Meredith, are finally coming to a close when Cristina departs in the season 10 finale. Cristina pleads with Meredith to keep herself safe and to not be the hero while she is away. This scene shows how best friends can (platonically) be soul mates. Their last dance together gave the pair a proper goodbye.

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4. “It’s a beautiful day to save lives”

Throughout the series, this is Derek’s signature line. It might just seem like a catchy saying, but to Derek, it’s his good luck charm. Many other characters, patients, and other doctors feel comforted when Derek says it. Although the phrase was coined by “McDreamy”, it’s truly an inspiring quote– because every day is a beautiful day to save lives.

5. “You’re the love of my life. I can’t leave you. But you’re constantly leaving me.”

The push and pull between Derek and Meredith have consistently left the audience in awe. Derek never frayed from showing Meredith his true emotions, even though there were many obstacles challenging their great love. Most people can only imagine their true love expressing such a desire for them, and that’s why we live vicariously through Derek and Meredith.

6. “The only way to fail is not to fight. So you fight until you can’t fight anymore.”

Amelia Shepherd has had her battles throughout the show. She’s struggled with addiction, heartbreak, and even death, yet through it all, she continues to persevere. Amelia shows the complexity of depression and addiction because she maintains her brilliance. First, seen as Derek’s “troubled little sister”, she overcame every obstacle, including a tumor! Hopefully, this inspires people to never give up because fighting is simply part of life.

7. “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.”

This scene was one of the most emotional scenes in the entire show. After Derek fails at saving a patient, her husband seeks revenge and goes on a mass-shooting spree at Seattle Grace Hospital. This season 6 finale left many fans in tears because the fate of Derek and Owen was questionable. Grey’s Anatomy never ceases to question the depths of life–how much control do we actually have?

8. “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”

Everyone goes through heartbreak and everyone eventually moves on. In this scene, Lexie Grey consoles a patient and she shows the audience how it’s very plausible to find love again. Although they might feel like the one for you now, time is everchanging, and with new people come new experiences. Whether you believe in finding love by chance or soulmates, the world doesn’t limit you to just one person!

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

Every person needs their person, whether it’s romantically or platonically. Cristina and Meredith’s bond shows us the best bonds come from friendships. In this scene, Cristina Yang is finally leaving Seattle Grace and before she left, the duo needed a proper goodbye. Cristina reminds Meredith to not let Derek’s wants to stand in the way of her own goals, and this can relate to any relationship. Don’t let another person affect the outcome of your own future.

10. “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 is known for her inspirational monologues in Grey’s Anatomy. This outro breaks down what it truly means to be human. We live life with choices, and even though we may not make the right choices every time, what matters is what we do after. Humans are humans because they have weaknesses and strengths. Instead of letting the “bad” impulses control you, let go, and devise a plan to get you through the storm.

GREY’S ANATOMY – ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey. (ABC/Mike Rosenthal)

Through the course of 16 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy has had many infamous lines that have left its audience tears (both positive and negative).

Hope you enjoyed the list! Feel free to comment with your favorite quotes below.

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