Doesn't matter how tough we are. Trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home, it changes our lives, Trauma messes everybody up, but maybe that's the point: All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all of 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.Beginning, ScarsAlex Karev in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5
We all remember the bed time stories of our childhoods. The shoe fits Cinderella, the frog turns into a prince, sleeping beauty is awakened with a kiss. Once upon a time and then they lived happily ever after. Fairy tales, the stuff of dreams. The problem is, fairy tales don't come true. It's the other stories, the ones that begin with dark and stormy nights and end in the unspeakable. It's the nightmares that always seem to become reality. The person that invented the phrase "Happily ever after" should have his ass kicked, so hard!FairytalesMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 Episode 1
At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them.RelationshipsMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3 Episode 10
But here's the truth about the truth: It hurts. So we lie.Lies, TruthMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 14
At some point maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it's better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we're lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all.Dreaming, NightmaresMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3 Episode 23
Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can't have. Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out. Desire can wreck your life. And as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don't know what they want.DesireMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3 Episode 21
And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope...HopeMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
More is better
But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. But one thing is certain when it finally reveals itself. The future is never the way we imagined it.FutureMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 Episode 23
You're my sister
You're my family
You're all I've got
We enter the world alone and we leave it alone. And everything that happens in between, we owe it to our self to find a little company. We need help. We need support. Otherwise we're in it by our self. Strangers, cut off from each other and we forget just how connect we all are. So instead we choose love. We choose life and for a moment we feel just a little bit less alone.Solitude & Being AloneMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 Episode 10
She's holding that bottle of tequila like a life vest.TequilaAlex Karev in Grey's Anatomy, Season 5 Episode 12
Meredith: "If you want to break up with me, so that you can see other women, just do it. Don't tell me you met another woman. Just end it, if that's what you want."
Derek: "I can't."
Meredith: "Sure you can, here's how it goes. Meredith, I don't want to see you anymore. Meredith, I don't love you anymore."
Derek: "Meredith, I do love you. Don't you see? Don't you understand? You're the love of my life. I can't leave you. But you're constantly leaving me. You walk away when you want, you come back when you want. Noteveryone, not your friends, but you leave me. So, I'm asking you, if you don't see a future with us. Please... please just end it because I'm in it. Put me out of my misery."
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.KissingAlex Karev in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 7
Things happen. We can't explain them, we can't control them, but they do happen. Miracles do happen in medicine. They happen everyday, just not always when we need them to happen.Miracles, Doctors & MedicineMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3 Episode 17
People have scars in all sorts of unexpected places. Like secret road maps of their personal histories, diagrams of all of their old wounds. Most of our old wounds heal, leaving nothing behind but a scar. But some of them, don't.
Some wounds, we carry with us everywhere... and though the cut is long gone, the pain still lingers.
What's worse? New wounds, which are so horribly painful, or old wounds, which 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. That's what we like to think.
But that's not the way it is, is it? Some things we just have to learn over and over and over... again.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.FriendshipMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
You think that true love is the only thing that could crush your heart, the thing that could take your life and light it up or destroy it.LoveMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
If there's just one piece of advice i can give you, it's this - when there's something you really want, fight for it, don't give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you've lost hope, ask yourself if 10 years from now, you're gonna wish you gave it just one more shot. because the best things in life, they don't come free.Life, AmbitionMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
Sometimes the past is something you just can't let go of. And sometimes the past is something we'll do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present.PastMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 6 Episode 9
When do you throw in the tower? Admit that a lost cause is just that? There comes a point when it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore. So we give up.
That's when the real work begins: to find hope, where there seems to be absolutely none at all.
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 the next big desaster that comes along. Sometimes but not always.LossMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
He's not the Sun. You are.Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy, Season 10 Episode 24
I'm in love with you.I've been in love with you...forever.And I know it's a little late.I know it's a little late for me to tell you that.You have a choice to make. I'm just asking you to take your time. Take all the time you need. Because you have choice to make. And when I had a choice to make - I chose wrongDerek Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3
Forty years ago, the Beatles asked the world a simple question: they wanted to know where all the lonely people came from. My latest theory is that a great many of the lonely people come from hospitals. More precisely, the surgical wing of hospitals. As surgeons, we ignore our own needs so we can meet our patients' needs. We ignore our friends and families so we can save other people's friends and families. Which means that, at the end of the day, all we really have is ourselves. And nothing in this world can make you feel more alone than that.Solitude & Being Alone, HospitalsMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 11
As surgeons we have to be in the know. But as human beings, sometimes it's better to stay in the dark, because in the dark there may be fear, but there's also hope.Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 6
Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.Life, HappinessMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 9
At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. Its like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And its not so important, happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away.Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 1 Episode 8
The expected is just what keeps us steady. Standing. Still. The expected's just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.ExpectationsMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 3 Episode 13
It's a beautiful day to save lives. Let's have some fun.Derek Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
At the end of the day, there are some things you just can't help but talk about. Some things we just don't want to hear, and some things we say because we can't be silent any longer. Some things are more than what you say, they're what you do. Some things you say because there's no other choice. Some things you keep to yourself. And not too often, but every now and then, some things simply speak for themselves.TalkingMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 2 Episode 7
Knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.Taking action, MotivationMeredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy, Season 1 Episode 6
The only person that can keep a promise so big is God, and I haven't seen him pick up a scalpel lately.Preston Burke in Grey's Anatomy
The only way to fail is not to fight. So fight until you can't fight anymore!Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
The body is a slave to its impulses.Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy
Who are you? Do you know what's happened to you? Do you want to live that way?Christina Yang in Grey's Anatomy, Season 10 Episode 17
I wore a diaper yesterday, yes - and I will wear one today. If it helps Dr. Shephert get through the surgery, I will wear a diaper. My diaper is awsome. My diaper is hard-core. You wish you had the balls to wear my diaper. I'm gonna wear it, and I'm gonna wear it with pride. And if I have to pee in it? Oh, I'll pee. Because I'm a sergeon. This is America. And I will do what needs to be done. So you can kiss my hard-core, diaper wearing ass.Lexie Grey in Grey's Anatomy
I didn't become a doctor because I wanted to be god. I became a doctor because I wanted to save lives.Doctors & MedicineDerek Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
It's harder to love somebody than to walk away from them.Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
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? It'd be so, so much easier.
It's because, in the end, there's no glory in easy.
No one remembers easy. They remember the blood and the bones and the long, agonizing fight to the top. And that is how you become... legendary.
You look at me like we're the same age and we could have fun. And I might have made the same mistakes if I were you, but we're not the same age; I am about 100 years older than I look.Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
We lose those battles as often as we succeed. The key, though, win or lose, is to never fail. And the only way to fail is not to fight. So fight until you can't fight anymore. Never let go. Never give up. Never run. Never surrender.Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
In the beginning, everyone is there. But people forget.Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy
So you blew me off for a bottle of tequila? Tequila's no good for you. It doesn't call, doesn't write, not nearly as much fun to wake up to.TequilaDerek Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy