Off-Beat Post: Best Quotes and Monologues from Grey’s Anatomy

Here’s a collection of quotes and monologues from Grey’s Anatomy, the all-time hit TV series that is said to have portrayed the lives of surgeons, and doctors in general to the best extent. Though I’ve watched only the first 5 seasons or so, I love all the original characters, and it influenced a lot of my med school life, second only to Scrubs. Read, enjoy (and ponder if you like) …

Grey’s Anatomy Season 1 characters


“Whoever said ‘What you don’t know, can’t hurt you’ was a moron, because from what I’ve been through, ‘not knowing’ is the worst feeling in the world.”
– Meredith Grey

” Pain. You just have to ride it out. Hope it goes away on its own. Hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions. No easy answers. You just breathe deep and way for it to subside. Most of the time, pain can be managed. But sometimes, the pain gets you when you least expect it. Hits way below the belt and doesn’t let up. Pain. You just have to fight through. Because the truth is, you can’t outrun it. and life always makes more.”

– Meredith Grey

“Let’s play a game of who’s life sucks the most. I’ll win. I always win.”

– Cristina Yang

“Hold up your head. Enter the arena and face your enemy. Fight until you can’t fight anymore. Never let go. Never give up. Never run. Never Surrender. Fight the Good Fight. You fight, even when it seems inevitable that you’re about to go down swinging.”

– Dr. Amelia Shepherd

“I’m all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke.”

– Meredith Grey

” You can call me Dr. Model all you like, just remember that while you sit on two hundred grand of student loans, I’m out of debt.”

– Izzie Stevens

“We all go through life like a bull in a china shop. A chip here, a crack there, doing damage to ourselves and other people. The problem is trying to figure out the damage that we’ve done or that’s been done to us. Sometimes the damage catches us by surprise. Sometimes we think we can fix the damage and sometimes the damage is something we can’t even see.

We’re all damaged. It seems some of us more than others. We carry the damage with us from childhood and as grown ups, we give as good as we get. Ultimately, we all do damage and then we set about the business of fixing whatever we can.”

-Meredith Grey (Season 2, Ep.24-Damage Case)

“ At the end of the day, the experience of practising medicine bears little resemblance to the dream. We go into medicine because we want to save lives. We go into medicine because we want to do good. We go into medicine for the rush, for the high, but what we remember at the end of most days are the losses. What we lay awake replaying is the pain we cause, the ills we couldn’t cure, the lives we ruined or failed to save. The end of the day, the reality is nothing like we hope. The reality is at the end of the day, more often than not, turned inside out and upside down. ”

— Meredith Grey (Season 4, Ep.10-Crash Into Me: Part 2)

“ The thing about plans is they don’t take into count the unexpected. So when we’re thrown a curve ball, whether it’s in the O.R., or in life, we have to improvise. Of course some of us are better at it than others. Some of us just have to move on to Plan B and make the best of it and sometimes what we want is exactly what we need. But sometimes…sometimes what we need is a new plan. ”

— Meredith Grey (Season3, Ep.19-My Favorite Mistake)

“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. Sometimes, change is… everything.”

– Meredith Grey

“ The Game. They say a person either has what it takes to play or they don’t. My mother was one of the greats. Me on the other hand, I’m kinda screwed. I can’t think of any one reason I want to be a surgeon but I can think of a thousand reasons why I should quit. They make it hard on purpose. There are lives in our hands. There comes a moment when it’s more than just a game and you either take that step forward or turn around and walk away. I could quit but here’s the thing, I love the playing field. ”

— Meredith Grey

“At some point, you have to make a decision. 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 lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

– Meredith Grey

“ Life is not a spectator sport. Win, loose or draw, the game is in progress whether we want it to be or not. So go ahead, argue with the referees, change the rules, cheat a little, take a break and tend to your wounds; but play, play, play hard. Play fast; Play loose and free. Play as if there is no tomorrow. Ok, so it’s not whether you win or loose, it’s how you play the game. Right? ”

— Meredith Grey (Season 2, Ep.22-The Name Of The Game)

… last but the best, my all-time favorite quote,
“It’s a beautiful day to save lives!”

– Dr. Derek Shepherd

 It ALWAYS is!

… and now a small poll, who is your favorite character from Grey’s Anatomy, and why? Share away your thoughts and appreciate others’ too, in the comment box below.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 characters

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