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Dr. Meredith Grey (Character)
from "Grey's Anatomy" (2005)

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"Grey's Anatomy: A Hard Day's Night (#1.1)" (2005)
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Meredith has just finished a surgery that Cristina wanted to perform] We don't have to do that thing, where you know, I say something, then you say something, and somebody cries, and there's like a moment...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yuck.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You should get some sleep. You look like crap.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I look better than you.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Not possible.

Dr. Cristina Yang: Do we have to do that thing, where I say something, and then you say something, and then somebody cries and there's like a moment?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yuck.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Good.

Dr. Meredith Grey: You know, we don't have to do the thing.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh, we can do anything you want.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, the thing! Exchange the details, pretend we care.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Did you choose me for the surgery because I slept with you?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yes.
[Meredith gives him a look]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm kidding.

Dr. George O'Malley: 007. They're calling me 007, aren't they?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens, Dr. Meredith Grey: No one's calling you 007.
Dr. George O'Malley: I was on the elevator, and Murphy whispered '007'.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay, how many times are we going to go through this, George? Five, ten? Give me a number or else I'm gonna hit you.
Dr. George O'Malley: Murphy whispered '007', and everyone laughed.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: He wasn't talking about you.
Dr. George O'Malley: Are you sure?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Would we lie to you?
Dr. George O'Malley: Yes!

Dr. Meredith Grey: We should pretend it never happened.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: What never happened? You sleeping with me? Or you throwing me out this morning? Because both are fond memories I'd like to hold on to.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, there will be no more memories. I'm not the girl in the bar anymore, and you're not the guy. This can't exist. You get that right?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You took advantage of me, and you wanna forget about it?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I did not -...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I was drunk, vulnerable, and good-looking, and you took advantage.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I was the one who was drunk, and you are not that good-looking.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Just go to sleep.
Katie Bryce: I can't sleep, my head feels full.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's called thinking. Go with it.

Dr. Cristina Yang: That's the Nazi?
Dr. George O'Malley: I thought the Nazi would be a man.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I thought the Nazi would be... the Nazi.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Maybe it's professional jealousy. Maybe she's brilliant and they call her a Nazi because they're jealous. Maybe she's nice.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Let me guess - you're the model.

Dr. Cristina Yang: Total 007.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: 007? What's 007?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Licensed to kill.

Dr. Meredith Grey: If I hadn't taken the Hippocratic Oath, I would Kevorkian her with my bare hands.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Stop looking at me like that.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Like what?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Like you've seen me naked.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [Meredith and Cristina are looking for the cause of a patient's seizures] Are you seriously not going to tell me why you won't work with Shepherd?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No. What about infection?
Dr. Cristina Yang: No white count, no CT lesions, no fevers, nothing in her spinal tap. Just tell me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You can't comment, make a face or react in any way.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We had sex.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Goes back to the medical discussion] What about an aneurysm?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No blood on the CT, no headaches.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay, no drug use, no pregnancy, no trauma.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Was he good? I mean, he looks like he'd be good, was it any good?

[repeated line]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Seriously!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Only six women out of twenty.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah. I hear one of them is a model. Seriously, that's gonna help with the respect thing?

Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't think of any one reason why I want to be a surgeon, but I can think of 1,000 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.

Dr. 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 skrewed. I can't think of any one reason why I'd 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.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [waking up] Ugh.
[picks up Meredith's bra]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: This is... uh.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [grabs her bra from him] Humiliating, on so many levels. You have to go.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Why don't you just come back down here and we'll pick up where we left off?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, seriously. You have to go. I'm late. Which isn't what you wanna be on your first day of work so...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So, you actually live here?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes. Kind of.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh. It's nice. A little dusty. Odd. That's nice. Huh. How do you "kind of" live here?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I moved two weeks ago from Boston. It was my mother's house. I'm selling it.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh, I'm sorry.
Dr. Meredith Grey: For what?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You said "was."
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, my mother's not dead. She's - you know what? We don't have to do The Thing.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh. We can do anything you want.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, the Thing. Exchange the details, pretend we care. Look, I'm gonna go upstairs and take a shower. Okay? And when I get back here, you won't be here so, um... good-bye, um...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Derek.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Derek. Right, Meredith.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Meredith?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Nice meeting you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Bye Derek.

"Grey's Anatomy: Yesterday (#2.18)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [about Addison Shepherd] I don't see what McDreamy or McSteamy see in her.
Dr. Alex Karev: She's McHot.
Dr. George O'Malley: Oh yeah!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way. We whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark. We look for comfort where we can find it. And we hope. Against all logic. Against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope.

Dr. Cristina Yang: Ok, what's wrong with you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: My mommy's a filthy whore.

Dr. Meredith Grey: After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, here's what I've decided. We move on, we move out, we move away from our families and form our own. But the basic insecurities, the basic fears and all those old wounds just grow up with us. And just when we think life and circumstance have forced us truly to become an adult, your mother says something like that. Or worse, something like that. We get bigger, we get taller, we get older. But, for the most part, we're still a bunch of kids, running around the playground, trying desperately to fit in.

Dr. Cristina Yang: You know, he's acting like I committed a crime. Like my apartment is full of stolen goods. He's acting like I kept my apartment to hide stolen good so I could do illegal transplants for money.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Are you sure he's not just acting like you lied to him about moving in?
Dr. Cristina Yang: What the hell's wrong with you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: My mommy's a filthy whore.

Dr. Mark Sloan: The guys pretty much a goner right?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Sensitivity, I like that in a stranger. Are you new here?
Dr. Meredith Grey, Dr. Derek Shepherd, Dr. Mark Sloan: Visiting. Confounded by all the rain and it's only my first day in town.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You get used to it.
Dr. Mark Sloan: Makes me wanna stay in bed all day.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We just met and already you're talking about bed. Not very subtle.
Dr. Mark Sloan: Subtle's never been my strong suit. So, do you ever go out with co-workers?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I, um, make it a rule not to.
Dr. Mark Sloan: Then I am so glad that I don't work here.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Are you hitting on me? In a hospital?
Dr. Mark Sloan: Would that be wrong?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Introducing herself] Meredith.
[Derek slugs him]
Dr. Meredith Grey: What the hell was that?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It's Mark.

Dr. Mark Sloan: Derek and I always did have the same taste in women.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Excuse me?
Dr. Mark Sloan: You're Derek's lusty intern right? I've heard about you all the way back in New York. You're famous.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well I heard about you all the way here in Seattle, so I guess we have a lot in common.
Dr. Mark Sloan: We're the dirty mistresses.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I suppose we are.
Dr. Mark Sloan: My 400 dollar an hour shrink says that it's because behind this rugged and confident exterior, I'm self destructive and self-loathing to an almost pathological degree.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Hey, we do have a lot in common.
Dr. Mark Sloan: You know, it's funny. Derek walks in on me naked with his wife, actually in the throes, and he just turns around and walks away. But he sees me so much as talking to you, and I'm on the ground bleeding. Interesting, don't you think?

Dr. George O'Malley: Why is he suturing his own face?
Dr. Cristina Yang: To turn me on.
Dr. Alex Karev: Because he's Mark Sloan. He's like the go-to plastic surgeon on the East Coast.
Dr. George O'Malley: That's the guy Addison was sleeping with?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: You can't really blame her, can you?
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, not really.
Dr. George O'Malley: Yes you can.
Dr. Meredith Grey: McSexy wants an X-ray to check for fractures and I think it's a bad idea if I take him.
Dr. George O'Malley: Why? Why?
Dr. Alex Karev: I'm on it.
Dr. George O'Malley: Why's it a bad idea?
Dr. Cristina Yang: McSexy?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: McYummy?
Dr. Cristina Yang, Dr. Meredith Grey: No.
Dr. Meredith Grey: McSteamy.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Ah, there it is.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Yep.
Dr. George O'Malley: Chocking back some McVomit.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Why do people cheat?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: That's a good question.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Why do you think she cheated on you? Were you different then? Were you a bad husband?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I was a... I was just a little absent. Not that that's an excuse for...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do you think things would have been different if you had kids?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Do I think she wouldn't have cheated? I don't know.

Dr. Mark Sloan: This seat taken?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I guess not.
Dr. Mark Sloan: Double scotch, single malt. You look sad.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I just saw my father for the first time in 20 years.
Dr. Mark Sloan: How'd that go?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Could have gone better. What are you still doing here?
Dr. Mark Sloan: I'm hoping Addison shows up.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're still in love with her?
Dr. Mark Sloan: You're still in love with him.
Dr. Meredith Grey: She won't show you know?
Dr. Mark Sloan: No?
Dr. Meredith Grey: He's not the kind of guy you leave if you can help it.
Dr. Mark Sloan: What if you're wrong? What if, just this once, life comes down on the side of the dirty mistresses?

Dr. Meredith Grey: I've heard that it's possible to grow up, I've just never met anyone who's actually done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way. We whisper secrets with our best friend in the dark. We look for comfort where we can find it. And we hope against all logic, against all experience, like children, we never give up hope.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves.

Dr. Meredith Grey: After careful consideration, and many sleepful nights, here is what I have decided, there is no such thing as a grownup. We move on, we move out, we move away from our families and form our own. But the basic insecurities, the basic fears, and all those old wounds just grow up with us and just when we think life and circumstance force us to be an adult your mother says something like that, or worse something like that. We get bigger. We get taller. We get older, but for the most part we're still a bunch of kids running around the playground desperatly trying to fit in.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I've heard that it is possible to grow up, I have just never met anyone who's done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselfs, we throw tantrums when things don't go our way, we whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark, we look for comfort where we can find it, and we hope against all logic against all experience, like children, we never give up hope.

Dr. Meredith Grey: We grow bigger and taller, but we never actually grow up. I've heard it's possible to, but i've just never met anyone who actually has. Without our parents to defy we'll break the rules we set for ourselves. We'll throw temper tantrums when things don't go our way. We'll whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark. We'll look for comfort wherever we can find it, and like children, we'll never give up hope

"Grey's Anatomy: The First Cut Is the Deepest (#1.2)" (2005)
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [waiting for the elevator, and Meredith walks up] Seattle has ferryboats.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I didn't know that. I've been living here six weeks. I didn't know there were ferryboats.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Seattle is surrounded by water on three sides.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Hence the ferryboats. Now I have to like it here. I wasn't planning on liking it here. I'm genetically engineered to dislike everywhere, except Manhattan. I have a thing for ferryboats.

Dr. George O'Malley: Who here feels like they have no idea what they're doing?
[in order, George, Izzie, Christina, and Meredith raise their hands]
Dr. George O'Malley: I mean, are we supposed to learning something? Because I don't feel like I'm learning anything.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Except how not to sleep.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You know, it's like there's a wall. The attendings and the residents are over there being surgeons, and we're over here being...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Suturing, code-running, lab-delivering, penis-minders.
Dr. Alex Karev: I hate being an intern.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [during surgery on the rapist who had his penis bitten off by the girl he raped] Not to mention he'll never be able to have sex again.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, too bad.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Shame.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Let's all take a moment to grieve.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Clamp.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Custody of a penis?
Dr. Richard Webber: Yes. Until the cops come for it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Ok, well, what am I supposed to do with the penis?

Dr. Preston Burke: What the-? what the hell is this? Does anybody know what this is?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh my god.
Dr. Preston Burke: [holding up body part] What is it, Grey?
Dr. Meredith Grey: She bit it off...
Dr. Preston Burke: What is it? Spit it out, Grey.
Dr. Meredith Grey: That's his... penis.

Dr. 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 life drawing lines... or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know: if you're willing to take a chance... the view from the other side... is spectacular.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: So we're kissing but we're not dating?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I knew that was going to come up.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Don't get me wrong: I like the kissing. I'm all for the kissing. More kissing, I say.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I have no idea what that was about.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Is it going to happen again? Let me know next time. I'll bring breath mints. Put a condom in my wallet.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Just stop it right now.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [at newborn nursery watching babies; reluctantly] Okay, fine. George and Izzie, you can move into the house...
Dr. George O'Malley: Oh, yes! Yes!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: I can't believe she caved!
Dr. George O'Malley: [touches Meredith's shoulder] Thank you!
Dr. Meredith Grey: [turns to Cristina] I can't believe I caved...
Dr. Cristina Yang: I blame the babies. They make you toxic.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] It's all about lines. The finish line at the end of residency. Waiting in line for a chance at the operating table. And then there is the most important line: the line separating you from the people you work with. It doesn't help to get too familiar, to make friends. You need boundaries between you and the rest of the world. Other people are far too messy. It's all about lines. Drawing lines in the sand and praying like hell no one crosses them. 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 life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know: if you're willing to take the chance, the view from the other side is spectacular.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I kissed Derek
Dr. Cristina Yang: You kissed Derek?
Dr. Meredith Grey: In the elevator.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Why'd you kiss him in the elevator?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I was having a bad day. I am having a bad day.
Dr. Cristina Yang: This is what you do on your bad days, make out with Dr. McDreamy?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, you know that and carrying around a penis just makes everything seem so shiny and happy

Dr. Derek Shepherd: So... it is intense... this thing I have for... ferryboats, I mean.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I am so taking the stairs this time
[she continues walking]
Dr. Meredith Grey: .
Dr. Derek Shepherd: No self control. It is sad, really
[he nods and gets into the elevator]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: .

Dr. Cristina Yang: What are you doing?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, you know, just sitting here with my penis.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [roommates wanted ad] Non-smokers only please, no pets & absolutely no Bush supporters need apply.

"Grey's Anatomy: Unaccompanied Minor (#7.22)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] I always said I'd be happier alone. I have my work, my friends, but someone in your life all the time? More trouble than it's worth. Apparently, I got over it.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone. Because what if you learn that you need love and then you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This, it could go on forever.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Derek] Stop treating me like I'm your wife. On the trial, I'm a colleague. I'm allowed to say that it bums me out, that doesn't mean you have to feed me warm wilk and run a bath. Treat me like a doctor.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: Meredith, tell me exactly what you did.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't tell you.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: We can still fix this, but I need to know what you did.
Dr. Meredith Grey: If I tell you, it'll make it worse.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It's worse already. Meredith.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Listen, I-I... I love you and I'm sorry but I can't tell you anything.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Meredith] You wanted to be treated like a colleague? I'm gonna treat you like a colleague. Alex Karev informed Dr. Hunt that Dr. Grey tampered with my clinical trial. She switched around placebos and the drugs, probably invaildating... my trial.
Dr. Richard Webber: [to Meredith] Is this true?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Nothing I did has any effect...
Dr. Richard Webber: Tell me exactly what happened.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't do that.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Do you have any idea what you've done? Do you think that the FDA will get anywhere near this hospital, ever again?
Dr. Richard Webber: Meredith, look at me. If this is wrong, if there's something going on, if Karev is exaggerating, this is the part where you have to tell me. This is the part where you have to deny the charges.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Kick me off the study. There's nothing wrong with the study. Nothing I did changes anything.
Dr. Richard Webber: I'm gonna have to investigate what's going on here, but it looks to me like you just lost your job.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Karev] So, they're probably gonna fire me. Are you happy?
Dr. Alex Karev: Oh, come on. They're not gonna...
Dr. Meredith Grey: I want your crap out of my house by the end of the day.

Dr. Richard Webber: This is an extremely serious accusation, Meredith. Can you tell me anything?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I-I-I can't. I'm- I'm sorry.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: How many patients are we talking about here? Did this happen more than once?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't say that either.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: She can't say anything.
Dr. Richard Webber: Look, we're going to unwind this, Meredith. Karev is figuring out what cases he was on when he saw you, he'll narrow down the dates and we'll know which patients...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Nothing I did changed the trial. Uh, fire me. Do whatever you have to do.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Look, you don't get to choose, okay?
[Alex knocks on the door, Richard opens it and takes an envelope from him]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You don't get to decide who gets the drug or who gets the placebo. You don't get to decide what information the trial gets.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Nothing I did affects the trial. If you don't know what I did, the trial stays blind.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: The trial is over. You screwed me. You screwed this hospital and you screwed yourself. This is your disease that we're trying to cure.
[Richard is looking through the files Alex gave him]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I mean, I could've picked Parkinson's...
Dr. Richard Webber: [mumbles] It was Adele.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: ...or Lou Gehrig's disease, but I did this for you.
Dr. Richard Webber: Derek, it was Adele.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Meredith] Are you leaving?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, I didn't get fired. I know that's disappointing to you.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: My trial is about to disappear. You really wanna act like I'm the bad guy here?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, I don't.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I know the fact that it is Adele changes things for Richard, but it doesn't for me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, I understand that.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You couldn't possibly understand that. If you were focused on the millions of people with Alzheimer's whose lives could've been different, or would've been better because of this drug, there's no way in hell you would've pulled this stunt. How is it that you don't know the difference between right and wrong?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Because I don't think that things are simply right or wrong. Things are more complicated than that. This was more complicated than that. It's complicated that it was Adele and Richard. It's complicated that we have a drug in a box that could help her. There's nothing simple about that. I am very sorry that I messed everything up, but I would do it again.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I don't know how to raise a child with someone who doesn't understand that there's a... right and wrong in the world.
Dr. Meredith Grey: So, now I'm gonna be a bad mother. That's where we're going with this?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You've been saying it for weeks. Maybe you're right.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I just... I just need some time to think. Some space.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Meredith] Are they gonna fire you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm suspended. The Chief backed way off when he found out it was Adele. I did what I had to do.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Meredith...
Dr. Meredith Grey: And I couldn't live with myself if I'd done anything different
[sees Alex talking to Janet]
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Alex] What did you say to her?
Dr. Alex Karev: I didn't say anything.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Janet, anything he says...
Dr. Alex Karev: Can you just shut up for one second? This isn't about that.
Social Worker Janet: We're granting you temporary custody of Zola, pending the completion of the petition, assuming that if all goes well, you'll be granted permanent custody and her doctor here says she's doing great, so you can take her home... today.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Zola] Okay, so, this is the house. There's another house where you're gonna have your own room. But that, right now, is just wood and no walls, so we're gonna stay here for awhile. Derek? Okay. He might be AWOL he's had a bad day. He's a little... pissed off right now. Okay, we're gonna be fine.
[walking upstairs]
Dr. Meredith Grey: So we had a big plan if this ever worked out. We were gonna have a lullaby from Malawi to make everything feel homey to you. To be honest, right now, I can't even think of an American lullaby.
[opens the attic door, calls out]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Lexie? You know, a lot of people live here and it gets kinda crazy sometimes and it's usually not this quiet. Alex?
[opens the door to Alex's room and sees that everything is gone]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, we're gonna be okay. You and I, we're a team, right? We're tough. We have that in common. I am very glad you're here. I didn't think your first day would be quite like this, but I'm gonna get it together, and we're gonna figure it out.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Meredith] I'm getting an abortion and Owen just kicked me out of my house.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What? You're...
Dr. Cristina Yang: Pregnant.
Dr. Meredith Grey: And you're...
Dr. Cristina Yang: Getting an abortion.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, why didn't you tell me?
Dr. Cristina Yang: You had a busy, busy, day.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Richard] What are you gonna do?
Dr. Richard Webber: I don't know.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Well, the protocol is fairly clear.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Are you encouraging him to fire me?
Dr. Richard Webber: Look, Derek, I basically pressured her to do it. You'd have to fire us both.
[Derek walks out]
Dr. Richard Webber: I'm gonna have to suspend you, so it doesn't look so bad, but the study... I need to turn the whole mess over to the FDA, let them figure out what to do with it... Meredith, I don't know how to...
Dr. Meredith Grey: I know.

"Grey's Anatomy: Some Kind of Miracle (#3.17)" (2007)
Dylan Young: Meredith, this is not your brain on drugs. This is death. You are dead. You are really freaking dead. You're dirt-nap dead. No more you, *dead*.
Denny Duquette: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, *way* too harsh! Remember we were going to take it easy? That was not easy.
Denny Duquette: Meredith, you drowned. In Elliott Bay, you remember that?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah, that sucked.

Dr. Meredith Grey: We take our miracles where we find them. We reach across the gap and sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we touch.

Dr. Meredith Grey: There *are* medical miracles. Being worshippers at the alter of science, we don't like to believe miracles exist, but they do. Things happen. We can't explain them, we can't control them, but they *do* happen. Miracles *do* happen in medicine. They happen every day. Just not always when we need them to happen.

Denny Duquette: Meredith.
[to Dylan]
Denny Duquette: She's freaking out.
Dylan Young: She's *not* freaking out.
Denny Duquette: People tend to freak out.
Dylan Young: Trust me, she's fine.
Denny Duquette: Oh, okay Mr. I've-been-dead-longer-and-knows-everything.
Dylan Young: You know what? That's why I don't like to be here with you. Because you don't assess the situation, you just dive right in.
Denny Duquette: Oh, I'm not the one who got himself all blown up.
Dylan Young: [gets in Denny's face] Alright, you wanna do this now or you wanna do this later?
Denny Duquette: [gets in Dylan's face] Oh, I wanna do this now.
Dylan Young: You wanna do this now?
Denny Duquette: I will kick your ass anytime. *I'm* the one with the fresh heart.
Dylan Young: Oh, you're gonna kick my...
Dr. Meredith Grey: This is the brain thing. This is the ketamine neurotransmitter, right?
Denny Duquette, Dylan Young: No.
Dr. Meredith Grey: 'Cause you'd think if it were my brain doing this, the first person I'd want to see, no offense, would be...
[Doc the dog jumps up]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Doc! What a good boy! Hi. Hi, buddy.

Dr. Meredith Grey: You think I want to be here? I swam. I fought. Hard. The water was cold.
Denny Duquette: Alright, but that thing in the tub. What was that?
Dr. Meredith Grey: It wasn't anything! It was... You see me in the tub?
Denny Duquette: I do *not* see women in the bathtub. I *wish* I saw wo - We know things.

Denny Duquette: What happened in that water?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I *swam.* I *fought!*
Denny Duquette: No, you didn't. You *can't* stay here, Meredith.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't WANT to!
Denny Duquette: Yeah, you do. It's easier, but you can't. Because George's dad died. Because Izzie lost me. And Cristina - When she was nine, she was in a car accident with her father. And he bled out right in front of her while they waited for an ambulance to arrive. And Alex...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Stop.
Denny Duquette: They're *barely* breathing. This will break them. None of them deserves that. And this, this is the big one, so you pay attention. Do you know what kind of miracle it is that Derek is who he is? Do you know how rare it is that someone like him even exists? He's an optimist. He still believes in true love and soulmates. He's waiting for you. And if you don't come back from this, you will change who he is.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I *was* swimming. I was fighting. And then I thought, just for a second, I thought 'What's the point?' And I let go. I stopped fighting. Don't tell anybody.
Denny Duquette: Okay.

[Denny smiles]
Dr. Meredith Grey: What?
Denny Duquette: Izzie...
Dr. Meredith Grey: You can see her?
Denny Duquette: No. Sometimes we'll be in the same place at exactly the same time, and I can almost hear her voice. It's like I'm touching her. I like to believe she knows I'm there. That's all you get. That's it. Moments with the people you love. And they'll move on, and you'll want them to move on, but still, Meredith, that is all you get. Moments.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Is this really happening?
Denny Duquette: I don't know. This is your afterlife, not mine.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, I don't want to be here. I want to go back.
Bonnie Crasnoff: We were told there wasn't a lot of time.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm out of time?
Liz Fallon: Well, we're not sure, baby.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh God! I can't - I want... - I had intimacy issues!
Denny Duquette: Yeah.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do you know how *stupid* that seems now?
Denny Duquette: [everyone nods] Yeah, we do.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's not enough! It's not enough, just a whiff of Derek, or Cristina! I need to go back! Please? I need - I need...

Ellis Grey: You shouldn't be here.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Neither should you.
Ellis Grey: Just keep going. Don't be a damn -
[hugs her]
Ellis Grey: You are - You are *anything* but ordinary, Meredith. Now run. Run!

Dr. Cristina Yang: Did you just say something? Did you just speak? Oh, Meredith... okay, Mer, I can't understand you. Just try... try again, try again for me, okay?
[Meredith murmurs incoherently]
Dr. Cristina Yang: What? I can't... come on, please... please don't be...
Dr. Cristina Yang: Your brain works, okay? So all you need to do is form a word. *Please*.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [long pause] Ouch.
[Meredith very slowly opens her eyes and tries to focus on Cristina]
Dr. Cristina Yang: [half-laughing, half-crying] Oh... hi! I'm getting married to Burke! Not that that should be anywhere on your list of thoughts right now, but just in case you slip it in the hall later... you are the one person I wanted to tell.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Thank you for not dying.

"Grey's Anatomy: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (#2.1)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: To be a good surgeon you have to think like a surgeon, emotions are messy, tuck them neatly away and step into a clean sterile room, where the procedure is simple, cut suture, and close. But sometimes your faced with a cut that won't heal, a cut that rips the stitches right open.

Joe: You look familiar. You been in here before?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Once. That worked out really well.
Joe: I know that look. It's only one of two things. Either your boss is giving you hell or your boyfriend is. Which is it?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Both. My boyfriend is my boss, which was a problem. But not as big a problem as the fact that my boyfriend has a wife.
Joe: I'll tell you what this one's on the house.

Dr. Meredith Grey: They say, practice makes perfect, theory is the more you think like a surgeon the more you become one. The better you get at remaining neutral, clinical, cut suture close, the harder it becomes to turn it off, to stop thinking like a surgeon, and remember what it means to think like a human being.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [chasing after her, after she finds out he's married] Meredith!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Go away.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Just wait. We should discuss this.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Here's a thought: no. Quit following me.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: At least let me explain.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Explain? You know when you should have explained? The night we met in the bar, before any of the rest of it. Yeah, that would have been a good time to discuss this.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I know how you feel.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do you? Somehow I doubt that. Because if you did, you would shut up, and turn around and go back inside. Because you would realize that I am this close to getting in my car and running you down in the parking lot!

Dr. George O'Malley: [talking to himself] Oh, hi, Chief. No, not much going on, well, other than your interim chief making out with my friend in the stairwell, but hey... sponge duty sucks.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Talking to yourself now?
Dr. George O'Malley: Yes. No. Damn it. I'm a bad sponge. A leaky sponge. I'm gonna leak all the wrong secrets. I'm a bad liar. I can't even lie about talking to myself. You look nice today.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Wore my new lip gloss 'cause my ex-boyfriend's wife looks like Isabella freakin' Rossellini, and I'm like... me. I'm trying to outdo her when she's the victim here, how crazy is that?
Dr. George O'Malley: Not crazy. Smart, you know? Gloss, you know, prevents chapped lips. Y - you - w-was that ex-boyfriend?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm an evil mistress.
Dr. George O'Malley: Well still... you look nice.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Thanks. What are you doing here?
Dr. George O'Malley: Well... uh -
Dr. Meredith Grey: Come on, O'Malley, out with it.
Dr. George O'Malley: Okay, can you think of any reason, any reason at all, really, why Cristina would be kissing Burke?

Dr. Meredith Grey: All right, details. You're pregnant? What are you gonna do?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Well, you know what happens to pregnant interns. I'm not switching to vagina squad or spending my life popping zits. I'm too talented, surgery's my life.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Which begs the question, who are you sleeping with?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Just a guy.
Dr. Meredith Grey: That's all I get? You can't just bring something like this up and expect me to drop it.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Well, watch me.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Let's play a game of whose life sucks the most. I'll win. I always win.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You don't wanna play with me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, I do. I'll even go first. Derek's married.
[George spits his beer out]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: George, beer is dripping from your nostrils.
[He walks off]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Told ya I'd win.
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, you don't win.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Did you hear me? I said Derek is married, as in pig-headed, adulterous, liar, married. Nothing you could say could top that.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm pregnant. I win.
[Joe collapses]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Ok, maybe Joe wins.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: So I go upstairs, as I'm walking down the hall I try to prepare myself for what I'm going to see when I walk into my bedroom. I step on a man's jacket that doesn't belong to me. And everything I know... just shifts. Because the jacket that doesn't belong to me is a jacket that I recognize, what I know now is that when I go into my bedroom, I'm not just going to see that my wife is cheating on me. I'm going to see that my wife is cheating on me with Mark, who happened to be my best friend... I walked out, flew out to Seattle.
Dr. Meredith Grey: And then you met me.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: And then I met you
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, what was I to you? The girl you screwed to get over being screwed?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You were like coming up for fresh air. It's like I was drowning and you saved me. It's all I know.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's not enough.

Dr. Meredith Grey: After all this time, all your warnings about me sleeping with my boss and you're doing the same exact thing.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Oh, it's not the same thing.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's the exact same!
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, it's not. You and McDreamy are in a relationship.
Dr. Meredith Grey: And you and Burke are in?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Switzerland. It's very neutral there and they make very nice watches.

Dr. Meredith Grey: You realize this constitutes hugging?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Shut up... I'm your person.

Dr. Meredith Grey: You're sleeping with someone?
Dr. George O'Malley: What? Who?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Why is that such a shock? Even George managed to get some action.
Dr. George O'Malley: Correction, George got some syphilis.

"Grey's Anatomy: Winning a Battle, Losing the War (#1.3)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: They're everywhere. All the time. Izzie's all perky and George does this thing where he's helpful and considerate. They share food, and they say things, and they move things, and they breathe. Ugh, they're, like, happy.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Kick them out.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't kick them out, they just moved in. I asked them to move in.
Dr. Cristina Yang: So what, you're just going to repress everything in some deep, dark, twisted place until one day you snap and you kill them?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yep
Dr. Cristina Yang: That's why we are friends

Dr. Cristina Yang: It kills you, doesn't it?
Dr. Alex Karev: What?
Dr. Cristina Yang: That two women caught the harvest.
Dr. Alex Karev: No, it kills me that anybody got the harvest but me. Boobs do not factor into this equation. Unless, uh, you want to show me yours.
[Meredith and Cristina look at each other]
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm going to become a lesbian.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Me too.

Dr. Meredith Grey: We are sooooo going to hell. Burke's sending us straight to hell.
Dr. Cristina Yang: On an express train.

Viper: [after kissing Meredith] That was for good luck. Don't worry, darling, you'll see me again.
Dr. Meredith Grey: For your sake, I hope not!

Dr. George O'Malley: I ordered Chinese food...
Dr. Meredith Grey: I HATE Chinese food!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Fools on bikes killing themselves. Natural selection is what it is.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Alex] How do you manage to make everything dirty?

Dr. Meredith Grey: We live out our lives on the surgical unit. Seven days a week, fourteen hours a day. We're together more than we're apart. After a while, the ways of residency become the ways of life. Number 1: Always keep score. Number 2: Do whatever you can to outsmart the other guy. Number 3: Don't make friends with the enemy. Oh yea, and number 4: Everything... *Everything* is a competition. Whoever said winning wasn't everything never held a scalpel. There's another way to survive this competition. A way that no one ever seems to tell you about. One you have to learn for yourself. Number 5: It's not about the race at all. There are no winners or losers. Victories are counted by the number of lives saved. And once in a while, if you're smart, the life you save could be your own.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: It's not the chase.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You and me. It is not the thrill of the chase. It's not a game. It's... it's your tiny, ineffectual fists. And your hair.
Dr. Meredith Grey: My hair?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It smells nice. And you're very, very bossy. It keeps me in line.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm still not going out with you.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You say that now.

"Grey's Anatomy: Free Falling (#8.1)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] Even good marriages fail. One minute you're standing on solid ground, the next minute, you're not. And there's always two versions, yours and theirs. Both versions start the same way though; both start with two people falling in love. You think yours is the one that's gonna make it. So it always comes as a shock. The moment you realize it's over. One minute you're standing on solid ground, the next minute, you're not.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] Do you have what it takes? If your marriage is in trouble, can you weather the storm? When the ground gives way and your world collapses, maybe you just need to have faith and trust that you can survive this together. Maybe you just need to hold on tight and no matter what, don't let go.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Meredith] Did he talk to you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, he won't even look at me.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Ah, you tampered with his clinical trial. He thinks it's kinda unforgivable.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It was for Adele and the Chief...
Dr. Cristina Yang: I... I know you regret that you messed up his trial, but not what you did. I know. You don't have to defend yourself to me. I'm kind of unforgivable myself, remember?
Dr. Meredith Grey: But you're not. Not yet, at least. Have you told him?
Dr. Cristina Yang: I call him, he doesn't pick up. He sees me, he walks away, okay? I'm not gonna yell, "I didn't get the abortion yet" down the hallway.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, so are you going to go through with it? Or are we gonna sit there again and not get the abortion?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Tonight. Six o'clock. I'm doing it. Now, I gotta go suck up to Teddy.

Dr. Richard Webber: [to Meredith] The board met this morning. They feel that a suspension would send the wrong message. They feel that what you did disgraced the hospital, the profession. I'm sorry. I did everything I could.
Dr. Meredith Grey: So what are you saying?
Dr. Richard Webber: You're fired. Effective immediately. You're no longer a doctor at Seattle Grace

Dr. Meredith Grey: [looks at Alex] The Chief fired me.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Alex] You son of a bitch. I mean, are you happy now? Because this is all because of you.
[starts shoving Alex]
Dr. Cristina Yang: You and your big fat stupid mouth.
Dr. Alex Karev: Get off.
[Cristina continues to shove him]
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Kepner, control your people.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Derek] I got fired.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: What'd you think was gonna happen?
[walks away from her]

Dr. Meredith Grey: April, I need you to reassign these cases.
Dr. April Kepner: Uh, Yang, take over Meredith's cases.
Dr. Cristina Yang: No.
Dr. April Kepner: Cristina.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm with Altman and Meredith should keep her cases.
Dr. April Kepner: I am your chief resident and you have to do what I say.
Dr. Meredith Grey: April, it's fine. I can wait. Just assign them when you have a minute.
[April walks off]
Dr. Cristina Yang: You're just gonna give up?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I was fired.
Dr. Cristina Yang: So what are you going to do about it? You have to go talk to the board.
Dr. Meredith Grey: The board fired me.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [about Cristina] Owen. She didn't have the abortion. She wants to but she can't do it because of you. Because she loves you and instead of loving her, you're punishing her. And for what? For being the woman that you fell in love with?
Dr. Owen Hunt: This isn't any of your business.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, do you know what will happen to Cristina if she has a kid that she doesn't want? It will almost kill her. Trying to pretend that she loves a kid as much as she loves surgery will almost kill her, and it'll almost kill your kid. Do you know what it's like to be raised by someone who didn't want you? I do. To know you stood in the way of your mother's career? I do. I was raised by a Cristina. My mother was a Cristina. And as the child she didn't want, I am telling you, don't do this to her because she's kind and she cares and she won't make it. The guilt of resenting her own kid will eat her alive.

"Grey's Anatomy: Stand by Me (#5.18)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] Practicing medicine doesn't lend itself well to the making of friends. Maybe because life and mortality are in our faces all the time. Maybe because, in staring down death every day, we're forced to know that life, every minute, is borrowed time. And each person we let ourselves care about is just one more loss somewhere down the line. For this reason, I know some doctors who just don't bother making friends at all, but the rest of us, we make it our job to move that line to push each loss as far away as we can.

Intern Pierce: [walks over to Meredith and Cristina with a black eye] Lab results for the splenectomy.
[walks off]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do we ask?
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, 'cause he might tell us.

Kendall Sully: [about the interns] I'm sorry. I'm trying to listen, but are they supposed to look like that?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Like what?
Kendall Sully: The bleeding and the shiner and that one looks like she's suicidal. They're supposed to be doctors?
Dr. George O'Malley: We're going to reserve judgement on that right now.

Dr. George O'Malley: [to Meredith] Mer, there is something wrong with Izzie.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Ah, what do you mean?
Dr. George O'Malley: I don't know. All I know that there is something wrong.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, you know, George, we're already drowning in intern drama. We don't need resident drama, too. If it's a problem, she'll tell us. Until, just ignore it.
[Steve limps by them]
Dr. Meredith Grey: I repeat, ignore it.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: [walks over to George and Meredith] What in God's name is going on?
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's a personal issue and we are just trying to give them their privacy.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Do you think for a second I wanted to get involved with your little intern dramas?
Dr. George O'Malley: [scoffs] We were not this bad.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Oh, getting married in Vegas, shacking up with attendings, cutting LVAD wires. You don't have to like it, but you have to manage it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, we've got it under control.
Intern Steve: [Megan runs down the stairs crying] Wait, I love you, Megan!
[Bailey glares at Meredith and George]

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Steve and Megan] Whatever it is the two of you have going on, it stops now.
Intern Steve: I didn't...
Dr. George O'Malley: I don't think you should talk when she's talking.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You are scaring the patients and you're making this hospital look ridiculous, and you're making us look incompetent.
Intern Steve: No, but we have...
Dr. George O'Malley: That's not a good idea.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Just stay away from each other. So much as a tear or a glance at each other's direction and it's over.
Intern Megan: I don't understand...
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, no, no. Don't talk while I'm talking. Now just get out. Go.
[Steve and Megan leave]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Not together.
[to George]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, that felt good.

Dr. George O'Malley: [to Ryan] Hey, buddy. You need to start talking and you need to start talking now.
Dr. Ryan Spalding: I really can't. Talk to Steve.
Dr. George O'Malley: Right, guy. You need to start talking, dude, because any second they're gonna start that face transplant surgery and then her good friend...
Dr. Meredith Grey: My best friend.
Dr. George O'Malley: Is gonna have her very first solo surgery, and so we have very little patience right now.
Dr. Ryan Spalding: Look, it's not my place.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, you are gonna tell me everything that's going on or else, every time I have a rectal exam or an infected abscess is gonna have your name on it. Every time!
Dr. Ryan Spalding: Megan was with Pierce, but they broke up for a little bit and while they were broken up, she slept with Steve. Then she got back together with Pierce, but Steve sent her an email about how they slept together and instead of just emailing her, he hit reply all. It went to a whole bunch of people, one of them was Pierce and, now Steve says he loves her, Pierce wants to kill him, Megan's like really freaking out right... because... oh... ok wait, so... A while back, someone sent this text message right, and like I didn't get it. I didn't get to see it. It just came, to certain people's phone, you know.

Dr. George O'Malley: [to Pierce, Megan and Steve] This is year one of your residency. You turn on each other now, you're not gonna make it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, here's what's gonna happen. All of you are going to go and find the sense that the Good Lord gave you and never behave like this within the four walls of this hospital ever again. You are doctors. Pierce, get an ice pack and put it on that oozing, disgusting, mess of an eye. And Steve, go to the pit and get that unsanitary, bloody hand x-rayed and stitched. And Megan, you should go to OB because yes, you are pregnant.
Dr. George O'Malley: [as he and Meredith are walking out] That was very Bailey.

"Grey's Anatomy: If Tomorrow Never Comes (#1.6)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] A couple hundred years ago Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. Never leave that 'til tomorrow, which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity; you'd think we'd pay more attention to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things off, but if I had to guess it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear if just of making a decision. Because... What if you're wrong? What if you make a mistake you can't undo? Whatever it is we're afraid of, one thing holds true: That by the time the pain of not doing the thing gets worse than the fear of doing it, it can feel like we're carrying around a giant tumor. And you thought I was speaking metaphorically... 'The early bird catches the worm.' 'A stitch in time saves nine.' 'He who hesitates is lost.' We can't pretend we haven't been told. We've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time; heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes we have to see for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing is better than wondering. That waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of not trying.

Dr. Meredith Grey: He who hesitates is lost. We can't pretend we haven't been told, we've all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day, still sometimes we have to see for ourselves, we have to make our own mistakes, we have to learn our own lessons, we have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves like Benjamin Franklin meant, that knowing is better than wondering, That waking is better than sleeping and that even the biggest failure, even the worst most intractable mistakes beats the hell out of never trying

Dr. Meredith Grey: I can take care of myself. I got myself into this mess and I...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: And you'll get yourself out?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't... know that yet

Dr. Meredith Grey: [upon seeing Derek] Crap.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Crap!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Hi. I'm late.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You're avoiding me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes, but also late.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Are we gonna talk about this?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: About us, and Bailey, and what she saw.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't need to talk about it. I experienced it... naked.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: This is getting complicated.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Complicated, for me. I'm the intern sleeping with the attending. Bailey isn't speaking to me anymore.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Well, not that that's a bad thing. If I was a better guy, I'd walk away.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes you would.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Do you want me to be a better guy?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes. No. Crap! I'm late.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [about Alex] If I stuck this fork into his thigh, would I get in trouble?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Not if you make it look like an accident.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Are you really as shallow and callous as you seem?
Dr. Alex Karev: Oh, do you want to go out for a drink later, and hear about my secret pain?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Does that line ever work for you?
Dr. Alex Karev: Sometimes.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh. Must be because you look like that.
Dr. Alex Karev: Like what?
[she gives him a look and he laughs]
Dr. Alex Karev: So is that a yes?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No. I can't, I'm seeing someone.
Dr. Alex Karev: Look, if you don't wanna go out with me just say so, you don't need to lie.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, okay. Well, I don't want to go out with you... but I think I really might be seeing someone.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Dr. Shepherd?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yeah?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Sorry I called you a jackass.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You didn't.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I did... twice

"Grey's Anatomy: Death and All His Friends (#6.24)" (2010)
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Get out of here, Meredith before he shoots you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do not die. Do you understand? I can't live without you. If you die, I die.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I called the police.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh, good, they're coming.
Dr. Cristina Yang: M... Mer... Mer, they're not gonna get here. They're not coming for us. They're not gonna get here in time. Oh, God... Mer, w-what are we gonna do?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Derek] I picked you! I choose you. You don't die on me!
Dr. Cristina Yang: Derek needs surgery. What do we do?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Derek] You stay awake. Stay awake! Derek! Derek, stay awake!

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Meredith] I'm not gonna die. I promise.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Good, because that would be the worst break-up ever.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Owen! Thank God. Derek has been shot, no one was down here, we didn't know what to do. Cristina's in there. She told me not to look, but she might need help.
Dr. Owen Hunt: Uh, she seems to be doing okay, but I'll just head in there and see what I can do.
[walks to the OR doors]
Dr. Meredith Grey: What, you're not scrubbing in?
Dr. Owen Hunt: I'll assess first and then if she needs me, I'll scrub in. Cristina was right. You should stay down there. Okay? Don't move.
Dr. April Kepner: A real surgeon is here. That's a good thing. That means Derek's gonna be okay.
[Owen enters the O.R and Gary Clark is in the room pointing a gun at Cristina]

Dr. Owen Hunt: [when Gary Clark has a gun at Cristina's head] Hey! That is the woman I love. If you shoot her, if you touch her, then I will kill you!
Gary Clark: [points the gun at Owen] And I said stay back! Or maybe I shoot you first. I shoot you and then I shoot her and then I shoot Shepherd. Is that what you want?
[Owen shakes his head]
Gary Clark: I didn't come here for this. My wife is dead. He's responsible. I came here for justice. An eye for an eye. The only person I want in this room is Shepherd. Now back off!
[points gun back at Cristina]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Please...
Dr. Meredith Grey: [walks in the OR] Shoot me.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Meredith...
Dr. Meredith Grey: You want justice, right? Your wife died, I know what happened. Derek told me the story. Lexie Grey is the one that pulled the plug on your wife, she's my sister. Dr. Webber, he was your wife's doctor. I'm the closest thing he has to a daughter and the man on the table, I'm his wife. If you wanna hurt them, the way that you hurt, shoot me. I'm your eye for an eye.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Meredith.
[Gary points his gun at Meredith and walks towards her]
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Cristina] You tell Derek that I love him and that I'm sorry.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Meredith... Wait! Wait, wait, wait... She's pregnant. You wouldn't shoot a woman who's pregnant? Please.
[Owen charges Gary and Gary shoots Owen]

Dr. Jackson Avery: [about Mr. Clark] Raise your hands. Trust me, raise your hands. He's going to shoot again, raise your hands!
Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm... I'm stopping, I'm stopping.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No!
Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Mr. Clark] See? I've stopped.
Dr. Jackson Avery: Listen to me. In a few seconds, his heard is going to pump all the blood into his chest and stop beating. You'll see it on the monitor. Just wait. Wait for it. Watch the monitor and wait for it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [sobbing] Please don't stop!
Dr. Jackson Avery: [to Meredith] Shut up!
Dr. Meredith Grey: [sobbing] No, no.
[Derek's monitor flatlines]
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, Derek! No, no, no.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Mr. Clark] See? It's over. It's over, he's dead. It's over.
[Meredith drops to her knees, sobbing and Gary walks out of the operating room. Jackson reattaches the monitor lines to Derek]

Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Meredith] Mer, is Owen dead? Dr. Grey, is Owen dead?
Dr. Meredith Grey: He's... he's alive, he's unconscious, but he's alive.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Take Owen to the O.R across the way and take that bullet out and get April to help you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Cristina...
Dr. Cristina Yang: I can't talk right now. I'm trying to save your guy. Now please go try save mine.

Dr. April Kepner: [to Meredith] Are you okay?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah, I'm okay.
Dr. April Kepner: Are you sure?
[notices blood on Meredith's pants]
Dr. April Kepner: Oh, my God! Did you get shot?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, I didn't get shot, okay? I'm... I'm okay.
Dr. April Kepner: But... but you could be in shock and not know it. Here, let... let me feel...
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm... I'm okay.
Dr. April Kepner: But there's blood spreading down your thighs.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm... I'm having a miscarriage.

"Grey's Anatomy: Sanctuary (#6.23)" (2010)
[first lines]
Dr. Meredith Grey: For most people, a hospital is a scary place. A hostile place. A place where bad things happen. Most people would prefer church, or school, or home. But I... grew up here. While my mom was on rounds, I learned to read in the O.R. gallery. I played in the morgue. I colored with crayons on old E.R. charts. The hospital was my church... my school... my home. The hospital was my safe place... My sanctuary. I love it here. Correction: loved it here.

[last lines]
Dr. Meredith Grey: I learned to read in the O.R. gallery, played in the morgue, I colored with crayons on old E.R. charts. A hospital was my church, my school, my home, my safe place, my sanctuary. I love it here. Correction: loved it here.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Meredith] I hate that you're so happy.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Derek, there's gonna be lots of dirty sex for you tonight. Look forward to that.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Cristina] Hey. Did you get that page? Lockdown?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah, I mean, whatever. It means we can't leave. I never leave here anyway, so what do I care?
[Meredith laughs]
Dr. Cristina Yang: You know what? It's probably just a drill. Or like, a psych patient got out. Or a baby went missing from the nursery. Or there's an axe murderer on the loose.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Axe murderer would be fun.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Cristina and Meredith] Hey, what are you doing here?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Uh... walking.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: We're in lockdown.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah, we're not walking outside.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: That's not what lockdown means. It means stay where you are.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Did you know that's what it...?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, I thought it meant...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Look, get in here.
[puts Meredith and Cristina in a supply closet]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: There's a shooter loose in the hospital. Stay in here. Don't move. I'll come back and get you when it's clear.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [about the shooter] That's the guy from the elevator.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What do you mean? What?
Dr. Cristina Yang: It's the guy from the elevator. He asked me for directions, how to get to the Chief's office.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I... I don't...
Dr. Cristina Yang: Meredith, the guy with the gun is looking for Derek.

"Grey's Anatomy: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (#2.12)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: There's an old proverb that says you can't choose your family. You take what the fates hand you. And like them or not, love them or not, understand them or not, you cope. Then there's the school of thought that says the family you're born into is simply a starting point. They feed you, and clothe you, and take care of you, until you're ready to go out into the world and find your tribe.

[Bailey who is pregnant, is rubbing her stomach and has labored breaths as she walks through the halls of the hospital. The interns are talking as they follow her]
Dr. George O'Malley: Look at her belly. She's almost as wide as she is tall.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Are her ankles swollen? Is that why she's waddling?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: What's gonna happen to us when she goes on leave?
Dr. Cristina Yang: She's going on leave?
Dr. Meredith Grey: What do you think happens when people push babies out of their vagina?
[George laughs]
Dr. George O'Malley: Do you think we're going to get a new resident?
Dr. Alex Karev: Nah. They'll probably just let us wander around unattended. See how much damage we can do.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Yeah, well, you would know.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Hey, guys, we should all get together and get Bailey a Christmas gift for the baby, or we could, um, organize some sort of Secret Santa thing.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay, listen Tiny Tim, you can take your...
[George and Meredith move in next to each other to block Cristina from Izzie]
Dr. George O'Malley: Sounds great.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Secret Santa sounds great, Izzie.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Okay.
[turns around and leaves]
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: [Cristina has an appalled look on her face]
Dr. Meredith Grey: We're being supportive.

[Room is filled with noisy children, playing, which continues throughout the scene]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Tim Epstein, 38, fell off the roof of his house.
[One of his children is sitting on him, sticking a fake lizard to his forehead]
Tim Epstein: I was, uh, stringing Hanumas lights and a shingle came loose.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Hanumas?
Tim Epstein: Hanumas. Christmukkah. We go all out.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: [Smiling] Awesome.
Mrs. Epstein: He fell twelve feet.
Tim Epstein: The good news is, my head broke my fall.
[One of the children flings a fake lizard, which hits Derek in the face, who smiles in surprise]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Uh, there are no visible deformities, but he's definitely having some focal left arm weakness.
Mrs. Epstein: He'll probably be fine. He's always been a little hard-headed.
[Tim laughs, but seems to be in pain]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Does your head hurt when you laugh?
Tim Epstein: Is that a bad thing?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Do you wanna follow my finger with your eyes, please?
Jake Epstein: [to Bailey] I know karate.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: [Flustered] Hmm? Uh... You know, your husband might need a little, uh, quiet, so, there's a cafeteria right down the...
Tim Epstein: No, no. Whoa. Let 'em stay. Pain or no, I don't wanna miss out on the holidays with my kids.
[Izzie is playing with the kids]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Who would like to take Mr., uhm, Epstein down for a CT?
[Izzie's hand shoots up]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Stevens it is.
[Izzie grins]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [Bailey walks up to the Chief who is surveying the OR board]
Dr. Richard Webber: Anxiety attacks, aneurysms and ulcers.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Must be December.
Patricia: Chief, Adele just called.
Dr. Richard Webber: Tell her I'm in...
Patricia: She knows your not in surgery. And she said to tell you, quote, "We are going to our niece's school pageant this morning. You have known about it for months. And after what you pulled on Thanksgiving..." and then she, started using a great many words I don't feel comfortable repeating.
Dr. Richard Webber: But I have seven surgeons on vacation...
Patricia: And there was something about "divorce".
Dr. Richard Webber: [to Dr. Bailey] You'll have to cover my ulcer excision.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Yes, sir.
[Chief and Patricia are walking away]
Dr. Richard Webber: The woman is unreasonable. When did watching a six-year-old dressed up like a wise man become... You couldn't hang up the phone?

Dr. Meredith Grey: I got another one for you.
[hands a chart to Dr. Bailey]
Dr. Miranda Bailey: He tried to gift wrap a 70-inch TV for his wife?
Dr. George O'Malley: Hernia?
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Strangulated. Pretty ugly.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: And you just know the wife hates TV.

Dr. George O'Malley: [Following Izzie up a staircase] Izzie, would you, wait?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: I say I like the guy, and you can't stop hating him.
Dr. George O'Malley: Izzie...
[Still following her through the hospital]
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Then as soon as he screws me over, you're his new best friend.
Dr. George O'Malley: Izzie. He failed his boards. This is important.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: He cheated on me!
[George & Izzie run into Meredith]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Busted?
Dr. George O'Malley: Yeah, busted.
Dr. Meredith Grey: His exam is tomorrow.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: You're in on this too? He cheated on me! God!
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Carrying a small Christmas tree out of a patient's room] Told you she'd find out.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Oh, of course you're in on it.
Dr. George O'Malley: She let him touch her boobs!
[Cristina hits George with the tree]
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: He cheated on me with George's skanky syph nurse!
Dr. George O'Malley: That is just plain rude!

Dr. Meredith Grey: We know, he cheated on you! That's why we let you turn the living room into Santa's freaking Village.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: What?
Dr. Meredith Grey: We're not big on holidays. You know that. We're trying to be supportive because you're having a hard time. But right now, Alex, he's having a harder time.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Why does everyone care what kind of time Alex is having?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Because he's dirty Uncle Sal.
[They all look at her strangely]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Sorry?
Dr. George O'Malley: You lost me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Thinking they'll catch on... ] Dirty Uncle Sal. Who embarrasses everyone at family reunions, and who can't be left alone with the teenage girls, but you invite him to the picnic anyway.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Sorry, what?
Dr. George O'Malley: Still lost.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I have a mother who doesn't recognize me. As far as family goes, this hospital, you guys are it. So, I know you're pissed at Alex, but, maybe you could try to help him anyway. Sort of like the spirit of this holiday you keep shoving down everybody's throats.
[Izzie and Meredith walk off in opposite directions]
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Disdainfully, to George] You...
[Turns away with the tree]
Dr. George O'Malley: What?
Dr. Cristina Yang: "Boob"?

"Grey's Anatomy: As We Know It (#2.17)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Hey.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Hey. You almost died today.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah, I almost died today.
[Derek is at a loss for words and starts heading to the door]
Dr. Meredith Grey: I can't, I can't remember our last kiss. All I could think about was, "I'm going to die today and I can't remember our last kiss," which is pathetic. But the last time we were together and happy, I... want to be able remember that, and I can't Derek. I can't remember.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm glad you didn't die today.
[Starts to leave but stops]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It was a Thursday morning, you were wearing that ratty little "Dartmouth" T-shirt you look so good in, the one with the hole in the back of the neck. You'd just washed your hair and you smelled like some kind of... flower. I was running late for surgery. You said you were going to see me later, and you leaned to me, you put your hand on my chest and you kissed me. Soft. It was quick. Kind of like a habit. You know, like we'd do it everyday for the rest of our lives. And you went back to reading the newspaper and I went to work. That was the last time we kissed.
[Derek starts to leave]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Lavender. My hair smelled like lavender... from my conditioner.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Lavender. Huh.
[Smiles then leaves]

Dr. Cristina Yang: What are you doing?
Bomb Squad Captain: I thought Dr. Burke told you to leave.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We're moving to an OR further away from the oxygen line... you know, in case we blow up.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Look, I can't! No, I can't. This is crazy. Burke, you're gonna go. You go. Both of you should go.
Dr. Preston Burke: Nobody's dying today, Grey.
Bomb Squad Captain: Meredith, I want you to look at me. Look at me. I know this is bad. And I know that I'm this ass whose been yelling at you all day. So you pretend that I'm not; you pretend that I'm someone you like, whatever you need. But you need to listen to me.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Is this the strangest thing that's ever happened in your O.R.?
Dr. Preston Burke: I'd have to say that it is.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Good, 'cause I'm very competitive.
Dr. Preston Burke: All the best surgeons are.

Dr. Meredith Grey: In hospitals they say you know, you know when you're going to die. Some doctors say it's a look patients get in their eyes, some say there's a scent - a smell - of death. Some think there's just some kind of 6th sense when the great beyond is heading for you, you feel it coming. Whatever it is, it's creepy because if you know, what do you do about it? Forget about the fact that you're scared out of your mind: if you knew this was your last day on earth, how would you want to spend it?

Dylan Young: You've got a sense of irony.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Only when things are really ironic.

"Grey's Anatomy: Shake Your Groove Thing (#1.5)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I think, maybe I did something... to the heart, when I was holding it. I nodded off a little. Squeezed it.
Dr. George O'Malley: The heart's a tough muscle; it can take a squeeze or two.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [Meredith and Derek are making out in the passenger seat of his car] You know, it sounds like the party's winding down. Yeah... Listen To Me!
Dr. Meredith Grey: [laughing] What?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: We should probably sneak inside now.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We've done enough sneaking for tonight. It was good sneaking, but enough sneaking.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [pulling his shirt back up her shoulders] Yeah, I'd say we're pretty good sneakers.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: [as they are about to kiss she knocks on the window] You mind moving this tail wagon? You blocking me in.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Apparently not good enough.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [coming home to see the huge party going on] Izzie I'm going to kill you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: We're adults. When did that happen? And how do we make it stop?

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] Remember when you were a kid and your biggest worry was like... if you'd get a bike for your birthday or if you'd get to eat cookies for breakfast. Being an adult: TOTALLY overrated. I mean seriously, don't be fooled by the hot shoes and great sex and no parents anywhere telling you what to do. Being an adult is responsibility. Responsibility really does suck. Really, REALLY sucks. Adults have to be places and do things and earn a living and pay the rent. And if you're training to be a surgeon, holding a human heart in your hands... Hello! Talk about responsibility! Kinda makes bikes and cookies look really really good, doesn't it? The scariest part about responsibility... When you skrew up and let it slip right through your fingers. Responsibility. It really does suck. Unfortunately once you get past the age of braces and training bras, responsibility doesn't go away. It can't be avoided. Either someone makes us face it or we suffer the consequences. And still, adulthood has its perks. I mean the shoes, the sex, the no parents anywhere telling you what to do... That's pretty damn good.

Dr. Meredith Grey: It's my party and I'll get drunk if I want to.

"Grey's Anatomy: Enough Is Enough (#2.2)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: My aunt would say, "say when", and of course, we never did. We don't say when because there is something about the possibility of more... more tequilla... more love... more anything... because more is better.

Dr. Meredith Grey: There's something to be said about the glass half full. About knowing when to say when. I think it's a floating line, a barometer of need and desire. It's entirely up to the individual and depends on what's being poured. Sometimes all we want is a taste. Other times there's no such thing as enough... The glass is bottomless and all we want is more.

Dr. Miranda Bailey: [Extracts Judy doll from bowel] Ah yes... Mod Judy. She came with a yellow vespa.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Wait, you know what's strange?
Dr. Meredith Grey: We haven't had enough strange?
Dr. Miranda Bailey: She looks a little like you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [Meredith is laying on her bathroom floor] It's not us. It's them. Them and their stupid boy... penises. They didn't tell me they had a wife. They gave absolutely no warning that they were going to break up with you.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Cristina, who is sitting in the shower, slides the shower door open] It's not that Burke broke up with me. It's how he broke up with me. Like it was business. Like a business trans... Like he's the boss of me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: He is the boss of you.
Dr. Cristina Yang: And what's worse is that I care.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm gonna throw up again.
[Meredith gets up from the floor and crawls to the toilet. Cristina slides the shower door closed. Meredith groans]
Dr. Meredith Grey: No. Wait. False alarm.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Cristina slides the shower door open again, Meredith sits up, her back against the wall] Look, the problem is estrogen.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, the problem is tequila.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You know I used to be all business, and then he goes and gets me pregnant.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [with her eyes closed, pointing her finger in the air] With the stupid boy penis.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [with her head on her arm, exasperated] Now I'm having hormone surges.
[Cristina looks up]
Dr. Cristina Yang: He ruined me. I'm ruined. He turned me into this... fat, stupid, pregnant girl... who cares.
[Cristina closes the shower door again]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Estrogen.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Penises.
[door opens, Izzie and George come into the bathroom]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Penises, Izzie!
Dr. Cristina Yang: [opens the shower] Estrogen, George.
[holds up a glass and Izzie pours more Fiji bottled water into it]
Dr. George O'Malley: [looks at Cristina] Okay.
[to Izzie]
Dr. George O'Malley: What did I miss?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Came home to full-on vomit drama. Apparently she dumped Derek. And her.
[in a whisper]
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: She's been sleeping with Burke.
Dr. George O'Malley: I knew that.
[to Meredith]
Dr. George O'Malley: So you really broke up with Shepherd?
[starts brushing his teeth]
Dr. Meredith Grey: [softly] I feel empty.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Two hours of vomiting will do that to you.
[begins brushing her teeth]
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, I feel empty.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You're lucky. I feel pissed off.
[Cristina closes the shower]

[Meredith gets out of the car, is walking, in the rain, towards the hospital, sees Derek]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Stop.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: What?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're stalking me. Stop it.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Did we not communicate last night?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Did you hear what I was saying?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Your wife screwed your best friend.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: And then, from that point on, she no longer existed to me anymore.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You had marital amnesia.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: No. Come o... I bared my soul to you last night.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's not enough.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: How can that not be enough?
Dr. Meredith Grey: When you waited two months, to tell me, and I had to find out by her showing up, all leggy and fabulous, and telling me herself, you pulled the plug. I'm a sink with an open drain. Anything you say, runs right out. There is no enough.
[goes inside, leaving Derek standing outside the hospital entrance]
Dr. George O'Malley: She probably could've picked a better metaphor.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Give her a break, she has a hangover.
[George and Izzie walk past Derek into the hospital]

[discussing "Judy Dolls", after they learn that a patient's bowel obstruction was caused after he swallowed the heads of ten Judy Dolls]
Dr. Cristina Yang: My mother used to buy me Judy dolls. Manhattan Judy, Surfer Judy, Disco Judy.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I always wanted one.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I dissected them. Cut off their arms and shaved their heads.
Dr. Alex Karev: Sounds like there's a sick and twisted story behind this.
Dr. Cristina Yang: They're sexist, distorted, devil toys that create unrealistic image-expectations catering to the porn-driven minds of men.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: You swallow a bitter pill this morning, Yang? They're dolls.

"Grey's Anatomy: No Man's Land (#1.4)" (2005)
Dr. George O'Malley: You don't understand. Me - gonads! You - ovaries!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Oh, that reminds me. We are out of tampons.
Dr. George O'Malley: You're parading through the bathroom in your underwear, when I'm naked in the shower!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Will you add it to your list, please?
Dr. George O'Malley: What?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Tampons!
Dr. Meredith Grey: To the list. It's your turn.
Dr. George O'Malley: I am a man! I don't buy girl products. I don't want you walking in while I'm in the shower. And I don't wanna see you in your underwear!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: It doesn't bother me, okay? Look at me in my underwear, George. Take your time, it's no big deal.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Izzie] Of course, now you know every time he gets a rise, he'll be thinking of you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Intimacy is a four syllable word for, "Here are my heart and soul, please grind them into hamburger." It's both desired, and feared. Difficult to live with, and impossible to live without. Intimacy also comes attached to the three R's... relatives, romance, and roommates. There are some things you can't escape. And other things you just don't want to know.

Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [standing in the bathroom, outside the shower, where George is, looking for tampons] Tampons, tampons. I reminded you before you went.
Dr. George O'Malley: I forgot when I got there.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: No.
[she opens the shower door]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: No, you were so passive-aggressive.
Dr. George O'Malley: Naked! I am naked in the shower!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [closes the shower door] Just tampons, George! I really needed tampons. God!
[Meredith enters the bathroom]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: I'm not riding in the same car as him.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [looks at Izzie, who is standing in her underwear] Unless you're going like that, you're not riding with me either. Where are the tampons?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: He didn't buy them.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to George] You didn't buy them?
Dr. George O'Malley: Men don't buy tampons!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [opens the shower door again, and George falls over] You know what? You're gonna have to get over the whole man thing, George! We're women! We have vaginas! Get used to it!
Dr. George O'Malley: [she walks out of the bathroom, leaving George lying on the floor of the shower] I am not your sister!
[he slams the shower door]

Dr. George O'Malley: There need to be some rules.
Dr. Meredith Grey: So, what, we can walk around in our underwear on alternate Tuesdays? Or you could see bras, but not panties? Or are you talking Amish rules? Because if you think you're gonna get Izzie to cover herself...
Dr. George O'Malley: The amount of flesh exposed is not the point. You have to do something, it's your house.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's my mother's house.
Dr. George O'Malley: Meredith!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do you like Izzie? Is that was this is about? You have a crush on Izzie?
Dr. George O'Malley: Izzie? No! I don't like Izzie. Izzie? No! She's not the one I'm attracted to.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Not the one. So there's a one?
Dr. George O'Malley: Look, there just have to be some rules.

"Grey's Anatomy: Losing My Religion (#2.27)" (2006)
Dr. George O'Malley: What happened?
Nurse Olivia Harper: I didn't know what to do. I didn't think you guys would want me to go to the chief, but...
Dr. Cristina Yang: Where is she?
Nurse Olivia Harper: She's in there.
[walk in to see Izzie lying in bed with Denny]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Izzie...
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: I think it was a stroke. He was prone to blood clots. A clot could have formed on his sutures and traveled to his brain, it only takes a second.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Izz...
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Dr. Hahn did a beautiful job on the surgery. But I don't know why I didn't think of blood clots. He died all alone. He was alone.
Dr. George O'Malley: There's nothing you could have done.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: I changed my dress three times. I wanted to look nice. I would have been here sooner. But I couldn't figure out which dress to wear.
Dr. George O'Malley: Izzie, we shouldn't be in here.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Izz, there are things that they need, they need to move him.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Take him to the morgue.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You can't stay here, I know you want to...
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Can you please, please, just get out? I want to be alone with Denny.
Dr. Alex Karev: Izzie, that's not Denny.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Shut up.
Dr. Alex Karev: Izz, it's not Denny. The minute his heart stopped beating he stopped being Denny. Now I know you love him, but he also loved you. And a guy that loves you like that, he doesn't want you to do this to yourself. Because it's not Denny, not anymore.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: An hour ago he was proposing. And now... and now he's going to the morgue. Isn't that ridiculous? Isn't it the most ridiculous piece of crap you've ever...
[starts sobbing. Alex picks her up, cradling her, and sits down on a chair holding and rocking her while she sobs]

Dr. Meredith Grey: Just leave me alone.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I just want to make sure you're alright.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No! I'm not alright? Okay? Are you satisfied? I'm not alright. Because you have a wife, and you call me a whore, and our dog died, and now you're looking at me again. Stop looking at me.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I am not looking at you. I am *not* looking at you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You are looking at me. And you watch me. And Finn has plans. And I like Finn. He's perfect for me, and I'm really trying here to be happy, and I feel like I can't breathe. I can't breathe with you looking at me like that so just stop!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You think I want to look at you? That I wouldn't rather be looking at my wife? I'm married. I have responsibilities. She, she doesn't drive me crazy. She doesn't make it impossible for me to feel normal. She doesn't make me sick to my stomach thinking about my veterinarian touching her with his hands. Man, I would give anything to not be looking at you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Just leave me alone!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I just wanted to make sure you're alright.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No! I'm not alright! Okay? Are you satisfied? I'm not alright! Because you have a wife, and you call me a whore, and our dog died. And now, you're looking at me. Stop looking at me!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm not looking at you. I am not looking at you!
Dr. Meredith Grey: You are looking at me! And you watch me! And Finn has plans! And I like Finn, he's perfect for me, and I'm really trying here to be happy, and I can't breathe. I can't breathe with you looking at me like that, so just stop!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You think I want to look at you? That I wouldn't rather be looking at my wife? I'm married. I have responsibilities. She doesn't drive me crazy, she doesn't make it impossible for me to feel normal, she doesn't make me sick to my stomach thinking about my veterinarian touching her with his hands! Man I would give anything, not to be looking at you!

Dr. Cristina Yang: I didn't like teenage girls when I was a teenage girl.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I wore a lot of black.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Ooh.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Had the whole angry pink hair thing going on. Wouldn't have been caught dead at a prom.
Dr. Cristina Yang: My mother made me go. My date barfed on my dress and then tried to feel me up.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [running after Meredith] Merideth!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Leave me alone!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Merideth!
Dr. Meredith Grey: [runs into an exam room while Derek follows] Just leave me alone.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I just want to make sure you're alright.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No! I'm not alright. Okay? Are you satisfied? I'm not alright! Because you have a wife and you call me a whore. And our dog died. And now you're looking at me. Stop looking at me!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm not looking at you. I am not looking at you!
Dr. Meredith Grey: You are looking at me, and you watch me! And Finn has plans, and I like Finn. He's perfect for me, and I'm really trying here to be happy, and I can't breathe! I can't breathe with you looking at me like that, so just stop!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Do you think I want to look at you? That I wouldn't rather be looking at my wife? I'm married, I have responsibilities! She doesn't drive me crazy! She doesn't make it impossible for me to feel normal! She doesn't make me sick to my stomach thinking about my veterinarian touching her with his hands! Oh, man, I would give anything not to be looking at you.

"Grey's Anatomy: Who's Zoomin' Who? (#1.9)" (2005)
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Long day.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Somewhere out there is a steak with your name on it and maybe a bottle of wine.
Dr. Meredith Grey: This is why I keep you around
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So, we need to talk.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Wine first, talk later
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You trying to, uh, get me drunk so you can take advantage of me?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [laughing] I think I like this rules thing.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Me too

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] Secrets can't hide in science. Medicine has a way of exposing the lies. Within the walls of the hospital the truth is stripped bare. How we keep our secrets outside the hospital, well that's a little different... One thing is certain, whatever it is we're trying to hide, we're never ready for when the truth gets naked. That's the problem with secrets... Like misery, they love company. They pile up and up until they take over everything, until you don't have room for anything else. Until you're so full of secrets you feel like you're going to burst. 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. But the problem with secrets is, even when you think you're in control... You're not.

Dr. Meredith Grey: 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... 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.

Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [after he comes out of the bathroom] There's no reason to be ashamed. It's normal, healthy even.
Dr. George O'Malley: I am not ashamed. 'Cause I wasn't doing anything. I don't have to. I have a girlfriend.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: An imaginary girlfriend?
Dr. George O'Malley: An actual girlfriend.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: You know what? It's no big deal, you don't have to lie. I get it. You have needs.
[Meredith opens the door Izzie was leaning against]
Dr. Meredith Grey: What is going on out here?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens, Dr. George O'Malley: Nothing.
[George walks away]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: He's freaked out because I caught him playing with little Jimmy and the twins.
Dr. George O'Malley: I have a girlfriend.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Ok.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [appearing from Meredith's bedroom] It sounds like fun out here.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: Meredith, I'm so sorry!
[looks sympathetic]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Addison... what are you doing here?
Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd: You would have know if you had botherd to return any one of my phone calls!
Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd: [introducing herself to Meredith] I'm Addison Shepherd.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Shepherd...
[Meredith looks very sad]
Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd: And you must be the women that's screwing my husband.

"Grey's Anatomy: Into You Like a Train (#2.6)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Izzy is walking past a bed that is curtained off, but hears Meredith's voice] Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [Opens curtain to find Meredith trying to stick a needle in her arm] What are you doing?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm trying to insert my own banana bag... which sounds kinda dirty, but it really isn't.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] In general, people can be categorized in one of two ways. Those who love surprises and those who don't. I... Don't. I've never met a surgeon who enjoys a surprise because as surgeons we like to be in the know. We have to be in the know because when we aren't people die and lawsuits happen. Am I rambling? I think I'm rambling. Okay so my point actually, and I do have one, has nothing to do with surprises or death or lawsuits or even surgeons. My point is this... Whoever said what you don't know can't hurt you was a complete and total moron. Because for most people I know, not knowing is the WORST feeling in the world. Okay fine... Maybe it's the second worst. As surgeons there are so many things we have to know. We have to know we have what it takes. We have to know how to take care of our patients and how to take care of eachother. Eventually we even have to figure out how to take care of ourselves. 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 is also hope.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I actually said "pick me". Right? I did? "Pick me"?
Joe: I think it's romantic.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's not romantic, Joe. It's horrifying. Horror-movie horrifying. Carrie at the prom with the pig's blood, horrifying!
Joe: Ok, fine, it's horrifying. But Carrie took out an entire senior class as revenge. I gotta say, I like that in a girl.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I said PICK ME!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Addison yelling at you in front of a patient?
Dr. Alex Karev: She didn't exactly yell.
Dr. Alex Karev: Fine, she's Satan's whore.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Thank you. So, did you yell back?
Dr. Alex Karev: No
Dr. Meredith Grey: Dude, you lost your mojo.
Dr. Alex Karev: Exuse me?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I was trying to talk boy.

Nurse Tyler: Nurse Tyler: Oh Joe told me to tell you that McSteamy came looking for you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Meredith: McDreamy came looking for me?
Nurse Tyler: Nurse Tyler: No. I'm pretty sure he said McSteamy.

"Grey's Anatomy: It's the End of the World (#2.16)" (2006)
Dr. Cristina Yang: You have a feeling?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay. What kind of feeling?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Like I might die.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Today? Tomorrow? In fifty years? We're all gonna die eventually. Now we're late. Let's go!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Cristina. Come on.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Sitting down on bed] Okay. This is me being supportive.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Really.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah. Okay. Fine. I'm totally supportive. Go.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Sitting up] Okay. The man I love... has a wife. And then he chooses her... over me. And that wife... takes my dog. Okay, she didn't take the dog... I gave it to her. But I didn't mean to give it to her; I meant to give it to him. But that does not change the fact that she has my McDreamy. And my McDog. She's got my McLife. And what have I got?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Do you know, I can't remember the last time we kissed? 'Cause you never think the last time's going to be the last time - you think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don't.
[Lies back down]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Plus my conditioner decided to stop working and I think I have brittle bones. I just - I just need something to happen. I need a sign that things are going to change. I need a reason to go on. I need some hope! And in the absence of hope, I need to stay in bed a feel like I might die today.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Stares at Meredith then throws back sheets] Whatever. Everybody has problems. Now get your ass out of bed and get to work. Now! Move, move, move!
[Opens bedroom door and sees George and Izzie]
Dr. Cristina Yang: We're good to go.

Dr. Meredith Grey: It's a look patients get in their eyes. There's a scent, a smell of death, some kind of sixth sense. When the great beyond is headed for you, you feel it coming. What's the one thing you've always dreamed of doing before you die?

Dr. Meredith Grey: I just need something to happen, I need a sign that things are going to change. I need a reason to go on. I need some hope! And in the abscence of hope, I need to stay in bed a feel like I'm going to die today.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [throws back blanket] Whatever - everybody has problems. Now get your ass out of bed and get to work. NOW! Move-move-move!
Dr. Cristina Yang: [opens the door to find Izzie and George] We're good to go.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I have a feeling...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I get those!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yeah!
Dr. Meredith Grey: And?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: If you wait long enough, it'll pass.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Promise?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I promise.
[Meredith walks away and Derek stands there deep in thought]
Dr. Addison Shepherd: Hey! What are you doing?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Waiting for it to pass...

"Grey's Anatomy: Owner of a Lonely Heart (#2.11)" (2005)
Dr. George O'Malley: [the interns are each monitoring a newborn quintuplet] I have the best quint. Lucy. She just smiled at me.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: She's nine hours old, George.
Dr. George O'Malley: I'm saying, there are five babies here, and clearly *mine* is the advanced one.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Charlotte's smart. She's got wrinkles on her forehead. Very serious.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: OK. A: this is not a competition. And B: my quint kicks your quints asses. Emily's strong, she won't let go of my finger.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Hey, Julie has her organs on the *outside* of her body and she's still alive, thank you!
Dr. Alex Karev: Kate's the best one.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Karev] I'm talking to you. In short, mono-syllabic sentences laced with disdain and contempt.

Dr. Meredith Grey: So you're giving up the trailer?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm not giving up the trailer, is Addison telling people that I'm giving up the trailer?
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's just funny, I just would never have pegged you for "that guy"
Dr. Derek Shepherd: What guy?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You know, the "marble bath, private pool, gated community" guy.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Don't peg me, I'm not peggable.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're pegged, deal with it.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm not giving up the trailer.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [smiling] Whatever you say, Dr. Sheperd.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Forty years ago The Beatles asked the world a simple question. They wanted to know where all the lonely people came from.

"Grey's Anatomy: She's Gone (#8.2)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] When my mother left my father, she didn't tell him she was leaving and taking me with her until wed landed to the other side of the country. In those days, it was called family troubles. Today it'd be called kidnapping.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] You think that true love is the only thing that can crush your heart; that will take your life and light it up or destroy it. Then you become a mother.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I think I stole a baby.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay, first of all, you didn't steal the baby, she's your baby. What you did is... You took her for a nap... in a very odd location and you failed to answer your phone. But y'know, many people find all the technology in our lives to be intrusive, so you're not the first person who didn't answer your phone or your pager. You know, all we have to do is... is find a reason why you were AWOL for an hour.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Four... hours.
[Cristina glares at her]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Janet was gonna take the baby, so I took off.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Okay, okay. You know, people make mistakes. I mean, I almost killed Alex in the OR today, so we'll just figure it out.
Dr. Meredith Grey: How?
Dr. Cristina Yang: I don't know.
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, how'd you almost kill Alex?
Dr. Cristina Yang: With a cc of epi.
[Meredith looks shocked]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Ah, you know, whatever. He'll be fine. Just uh... stay here. I'll fix this.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What are you gonna do?
Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm gonna fix it.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Meredith] I still don't understand what you possibly could've been thinking.
Dr. Meredith Grey: They fired me. Janet basically told me that they were gonna take Zola away. I mean, possibly send her back to Malawi. You and me... I just needed some time. I just needed to hold her and look at her and just think about how everything, everything got so screwed up. You should take Zola. Janet has a problem with me, not with you and we need to do everything that we can to make sure they don't take her away and if that means that you have custody of her and I don't... then, that's what we need to do.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You're not fired. Richard's gonna take the fall for you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What? He can't do that. I'm not gonna let him do that.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yes, you will. If you wanna keep this baby, you will let him protect you.

"Grey's Anatomy: Bring the Pain (#2.5)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Pain comes in all forms. The small twinge, a bit of soreness, the random pain. The normal pains we live with everyday. Then there's the kind of pain you can't ignore. A level of pain so great that it blocks out everything else... Makes the rest of your world fade away, until all we can think about is how much we hurt. How we manage our pain is up to us. Pain. We anesthetize , ride it out, embrace it, ignore it, and for some of us the best way to manage pain is to just push through it.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Pain. You just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its on. Hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers. You just breath deep and wait for it 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.

[Watching a pornographic video]
Dr. Cristina Yang: That does NOT look comfortable.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Trust me, it's not.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, here it is. Your choice, it's simple, her or me. And I'm sure she's really great. But Derek, I love you. In a really, big really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your bedroom window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you... love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me. I'll be at Joe's tonight so if you do decide to sign the papers, meet me there.

"Grey's Anatomy: Time Has Come Today (#3.1)" (2006)
Finn Dandridge: I don't know what happened last night. Between you and Derek.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Finn...
Finn Dandridge: And I don't wanna know, alright, we never said that we were exclusive.
Dr. Meredith Grey: But you have plans.
Finn Dandridge: Yeah. Well I didn't say I wasn't pissed off. I said we weren't exclusive. That's all I wanted to say. Oh and, uh, and this. I know you think you're scary and damaged...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Dark and twisty.
Finn Dandridge: It makes you feel like you don't deserve good things. But you do. And Derek - he's bad for you. But me - I'm a good thing. And if there's a race, if there is a ring, my hat is in.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Time flies. Time waits for no man. Time heals all wounds. All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.

Dr. Alex Karev: Izzie. Izzie! Come on.
Dr. George O'Malley: [George sighs] Ok, she's been in there all night, we have to do something.
Dr. Alex Karev: Yeah.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Why are you all looking at me?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Well, this is familiar territory for you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: There is nothing familiar about this. Unfamiliar. Denny died. The man she loves, died.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah, but you're all dark and twisty inside.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Dark and twisty?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Well, your mother with the Alzheimer's thing, and the father you don't talk to.
Dr. Alex Karev: And the tequila thing, and the inappropriate men thing.
Dr. George O'Malley: You are dark and twisty inside Meredith and now Izzie is dark and twisty inside.
Dr. Meredith Grey: So all of a sudden I'm the president of people with crappy lives?
Dr. George O'Malley: Seriously, we have to do something. Someone has to go in there.
[they all look at Meredith]

Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't know what to say to you.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: When Dylan died, when the bomb went off, did you feel, like...
Dr. Meredith Grey: What?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Like you were moving in slow motion?
Dr. Meredith Grey: He was there and then he wasn't. Like I blinked and he was gone.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: I feel like I'm moving in slow motion. Like I'm moving in slow motion and everything around me is moving so fast and I just wanna go back to when things were normal. When I wasn't "Poor Izzie" laying on the bathroom floor in her prom dress with her- her dead fiance. But I am. So I can't. And I'm- I'm just stuck. And there is all this pressure cause everyone is hovering around me waiting for me to do something. Or say something, or flip out, or yell and cry some more and I'm happy to play my part. I'm happy to say the lines and do whatever it is that I'm supposed to be doing if it will make everyone feel more comfortable. But I don't- I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to be this person. I don't- I don't know who this person is.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Izzie...
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: How did this happen? How did we end up here? Why am I alone? Where's Denny?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're not alone Izz.

"Grey's Anatomy: Make Me Lose Control (#2.3)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Surgeons are control freaks. With a scapal in your hand you feel unstoppable. There's no fear, there's no pain. Your're ten feet tall and bullet proof... And then you leave the OR and all that perfection, all that control, just falls to crap.

Dr. Meredith Grey: No one likes to lose control, but as a surgeon there's nothing worse. It's a sign of weakness. Of not being up to the task. And still, there are times when it just gets away from you. When the world stops spinning and you realize that your shiny little scapel isn't going to save you. No matter how hard you fight it, you fall and its scary as hell. Except there's an upside to free falling... It's the chance you give your friends to catch you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm stupid.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Slutty mistress.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Pregnant whore.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Sleeping with our bosses was a GREAT idea...

Dr. Meredith Grey: It's not okay. You have a wife who's not easy to hate, who's annoyingly kind and painfully smart, and currently saving my friend's life.

"Grey's Anatomy: The Sound of Silence (#12.9)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] In group settings, men are 75% more likely to speak up than women and when a woman does speak up, it's statistically probable her male counterparts will either interrupt her or speak over her. It's not because they're rude. It's science. The female voice is scientifically proven to be more difficult for a male brain to register. What does this mean? It means in this world where men are bigger, stronger, faster, if you're not ready to fight, the silence will kill you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] 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.

Dr. Amelia Shepherd: [to Meredith] It's my 30 day chip. I'm sober and I'm starting back at work on Monday, so I'm trying. I'm trying.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I know you are.
Dr. Amelia Shepherd: You... can talk. That's... That's great. They, uh, took the wires off?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah, this morning. I'm just not ready to forgive you yet.
Dr. Amelia Shepherd: I'm not... exactly ready, either. I'll see you later.
Dr. Meredith Grey: See you later.
[Amelia goes to take the chip back, but Meredith holds on to it]

Dr. Alex Karev: [to Meredith] Do you want anything, you know... like a sandwich or a... or a blanket?
[puts a pillow behind Meredith's back]
Dr. Meredith Grey: All right, all right. I'm good. I'm good. Sit down, sit down. I just spent 6 weeks in a bed unable to speak. When that you happens, you see things. There's a lot of things that people don't say to each other that they should just say, so I need you to hear me when I say this. I know I've needed you a lot lately, but I also know and I have known for a long time that Jo loves you. "Post-it-on-the-wall loves you." Don't ignore that. You can have more than one person. I used to think you couldn't, but now I know, I mean, turns out I have a whole damn village. So, you don't have to worry about me. Go be with Jo. I'll be fine. I'm okay.

"Grey's Anatomy: The Self-Destruct Button (#1.7)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] Okay. Anyone who says you can sleep when you die... Tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course it's not just the job that keeps us up all night. I mean if life's so hard already, why do we bring so much trouble on ourselves. What's up with the need to hit the self-destruct button? 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.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, anyone who says you can sleep when you die, tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course, it's not just the job that keeps us up all night.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I tried to talk Dr Shepherd out of that clot surgery. What is wrong with me?
Dr. Alex Karev: Basically, you tried to kill a guy.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Alex] Basically, you're an ass

Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Claire] You don't know this yet, but life isn't supposed to be like this. It's not supposed to be this hard.

"Grey's Anatomy: Save Me (#1.8)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales? That fantasy of what your life would be. White dress, Prince Charming who'd carry you away to a castle on a hill... You'd lie in bed at night and close your eyes and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming. They were so close you could taste them. But eventually you grow up. One day you open your eyes and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is, it's hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely 'cause almost everyone still has that smallest bit of hope, of faith, that one day they'll open their eyes and it will all come true. At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It's like one day you realize that the fairy tale might be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it's not so important that it's happy ever after, just that it's 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.

Dr. Meredith Grey: ive me something to go on. Anything. What are your grandparent's names?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I don't have grandparents.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Where'd you grow up? What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? Where'd you spend your summer vacations?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Lighten up. It'll be good for your blood pressure.
[Stands and leaves Meredith alone]
Dr. Meredith Grey: Oh don't you tell me to lighten up. I'll lighten up when I... feel light.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I want facts, and until I get them, my pants are staying on.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Or you could just roll with it, be flexible. See what happens.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm not flexible.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Now there I disagree.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Where are we?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I'm gonna tell you. All right. My mother's maiden name, Maloney. I have four sisters. I have, uh, nine nieces. Five nephews. I like coffee ice cream, single-malt scotch, occasionally a good cigar. I like to fly fish. And I cheat when I do the crossword puzzle on Sunday. And I never dance in public. Um, favorite novel, The Sun Also Rises. Favorite band, The Clash. My favorite color is blue. I don't like light blue, indigo. The scar right here on my forehead, that's why I don't ride motorcycles anymore. And I live in that trailer. All this land is mine. I have no idea what I'm gonna do with it. So that's it. That's all you've earned for now. The rest you're just... just gonna have to take on faith.

"Grey's Anatomy: Deny, Deny, Deny (#2.4)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: The key to surviving a surgical internship is denial. 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 awhile 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.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Sooner or later, we have to put aside our denial and face the world, guns blazing. Denial: it's not just a river in Egypt. It's a freaking ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?

Helen Rubenstein: I keep telling her there's more to life than surgery and career.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Irritated] Mother... Go bolster something.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Look I need you to relax, shut up, and get better. You're a patient this week so you can be a doctor next week. Understand?
Dr. Cristina Yang: [Grabs Meredith] Mer, MER. You can NOT leave me alone with her... I am flying over the coo-coo's nest here, you have to save me!
Dr. Meredith Grey: You need time to heal.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm healed... I'M HEALED!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Mom? Mommy?
Ellis Grey: Meredith? You grew up!
Dr. Meredith Grey: I did.
Ellis Grey: It's a shame. It sucks being a grown up, but the carousel never stops turning. You can't get off.

"Grey's Anatomy: I Will Follow You Into the Dark (#5.17)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Every surgeon I know has a shadow. A dark cloud of fear and doubts that follows even the best of us into the or.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Every surgeon has a shadow. And the only way to get rid of a shadow is to turn off the light. To stop running from the darkness, and face what you fear. Head on.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Every surgeon has a shadow. And the only way to get rid of a shadow, is to turn off the light. To stop running from the darkness, and face what you fear. Head on.

"Grey's Anatomy: Sometimes a Fantasy (#3.3)" (2006)
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Hi!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [shocked] Finn...
Dr. Finn Dandridge: I didn't think you guys would be here! I just wanted to drop this off... it's strawberry ice cream... a patient made it for me...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: A patient's owner...
Dr. Finn Dandridge: It's made from scratch... real strawberries.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I love strawberry ice cream!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: And you remembered...
Dr. Finn Dandridge: I did! I just thought I'd leave it by the door.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You didn't think it would melt?
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Well you take your chances.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It worked out for you...
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Mmm...
Dr. Meredith Grey: What exactly is going on here?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: He's crashing our date.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: And where do you think I got that idea?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I didn't crash your date, it was professional.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: You can't operate without her?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I certainly operate well with her!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Enough! This is not dating... I want moonlight and flowers and candy... and people trying to feel me up... nobody is trying to feel me up! Nobody is even looking at me! I'm an intern... do the two of you have any idea how much effort it takes to do all this? I'm waxed, I plucked and have a clean top on and the two of you are looking at each other!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Meredith we...
Dr. Meredith Grey: NO! My fantasy is not two men looking at each other!
Dr. Finn Dandridge: We didn't...
Dr. Meredith Grey: No talking until one of you figures out how to put on a date! I want heat, I want romance... dammit! I want to feel like a frickin' lady!
[walks into her house]

Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm dating.
[looks down at coffee from Derek and cake from Finn]
Dr. Meredith Grey: And it comes with snacks.

Dr. Meredith Grey: McSteamy! Woohoo!
Dr. Mark Sloan: McSteamy? Is that what you're calling me?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't think you're supposed to know that.
Dr. Mark Sloan: How's my favorite dirty mistress?
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm an adulterous whore now...

"Grey's Anatomy: I Saw What I Saw (#6.6)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] In order to get a good diagnosis, doctors have to constantly change their perspective. We start by getting the patients point of view, though they don't often have a clue what's going on. So we look at the patient from every possible angle. We rule things out. We uncover new information trying to get to what's actually wrong. We're asking for second opinions hoping we'll see something others might have missed. For the patient, a fresh perspective can mean the difference between living and dying. For the doctor, it can mean your picking a fight with everyone who got there before you.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] When we're heading towards an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. Sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears but sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem. Make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you were after, the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends. That's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions.

Dr. Cristina Yang: I'm putting myself in a time out before I kill someone.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Have you seen Bailey? She was supposed to sign my discharge papers after her appy?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Oh, good, go home, get better and then come back, 'cause I need you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Are the Mercy West people that bad?
Dr. Cristina Yang: They're everywhere and there are more of them than us, and they're kicking our asses. God, I miss Izzie. We need more "uses", so get back here.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I have to be discharged first. You want to forge Bailey's signature?
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, that'll get me fired. Ooh, ask one of the new ones to do it. Get them fired.

"Grey's Anatomy: Staring at the Sun (#3.8)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: OK, what are you two doing?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie and Alex have a patient that only speaks about himself in the third person.
Dr. Alex Karev: They thought it was annoying at first, but now they kind of like it.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Why bother even having a kid if you're only going to see it on weekends and holidays. You might as well just get a cat.
Dr. George O'Malley: I talked to Dr. Burke, I think he's fine.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You did what?
Dr. Meredith Grey: What's wrong with Burke?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Nothing's wrong with anybody.
Dr. George O'Malley: You know he let her decanulate a heart this morning?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You decanulated a heart this morning? By yourself? B****!
Dr. Cristina Yang: No, not by myself.
Dr. George O'Malley: Now she's lying about it.
Dr. Alex Karev: Yang decanulated a heart. Why is Alex not surprised?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie isn't either. Last week, Izzie was digging through crap, this week she's fondling man boobs. No decanulating hearts for Izzie!
Dr. George O'Malley: Why aren't you bragging about decanulating the heart?
Dr. Cristina Yang: I didn't decanulate the heart
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie and Alex do not believe you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, what are you two doing?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [giggles] Izzie and Alex have a patient who speaks about himself in the third person.
Dr. Alex Karev: They thought it was annoying at first, but now they kinda like it
Dr. Meredith Grey: Good, is it gonna stop soon?
Dr. Cristina Yang: What happened? This morning you were all bright and shiny, asking to be kicked in the face
Dr. Meredith Grey: I am. I'm bright. I'm shiny.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie thinks that this whole "Bright and Shiny" thing is getting old.
Dr. Alex Karev: Alex agrees.

Dr. Meredith Grey: I mean why bother even having a kid when you're only going to see it on weekends and holidays? You might as well get a cat.
Dr. George O'Malley: I talked to Burke. I think he's fine.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You did what?
Dr. Meredith Grey: What's wrong with Burke?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Nothing's wrong with anybody.
Dr. George O'Malley: Did you know he let her decanulate a heart this morning?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Christina] you decanulated a heart this morning? by yourself? Bitch!
Dr. Cristina Yang: No... not by myself.
Dr. George O'Malley: Now she's lying about it!
Dr. Alex Karev: Yang decanulated a heart, why is Alex not surprised?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie isn't either. Last week Izzie was digging through crap this week she's fondling man boobs.
[in sing-tone voice]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: No decanulating hearts for Izzie.
Dr. George O'Malley: [to Christina] why aren't you bragging about decanulating the heart?
Dr. Cristina Yang: I didn't decanulate the heart.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie and Alex do not believe you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay, what are you two doing?
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie and Alex have a patient who speaks about himself in the third person.
Dr. Alex Karev: They thought it was kind of annoying at first, but now they kind of like it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Good! Is it going to stop soon?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Wow what happened? This morning you were all bright and shiny asking to be kicked in the face.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I am. I'm bright. I'm shiny.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Izzie thinks this whole bright and shiny thing is getting old.
Dr. Alex Karev: Alex agrees.

"Grey's Anatomy: Damage Case (#2.24)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done. So all the boys, and all the bars, and all the obvious daddy issues, who cared? Because I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. 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.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Meredith talking to Derek: "... I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."

Dr. Meredith Grey: I never should have told you about George.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: No, it's fine. I'm glad I know about him and the vet. You really get around.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What did you just say to me?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: It's unforgiveable.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't remember ever asking you to forgive me.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So was the knitting a phase? Who's next? Alex? 'Cause I here he likes to sleep around. You two have that in common.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You don't get to call me whore. When I met you I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done, so all the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cared? Because I was done. You left me! You chose Addison! 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.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: This thing with us is finished. It's over
Dr. Meredith Grey: Finally.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yeah, it's done.
Dr. Meredith Grey: It is done.

"Grey's Anatomy: The Heart of the Matter (#4.4)" (2007)
Meredith Grey: In life only one thing is certain, besides death and taxes... No matter how hard we try, No matter how good our intentions, We are going to make mistakes. We are going to hurt people. We are going to get hurt. And if you're ever going to recover, There's only one thing to say. Forgive and forget. That's what they say. It's good advice, but it's not very practical. When someone hurts us, We want to hurt them back. When someone wrongs us, We want to be right. Without forgiveness, nothing is ever settled. Hurts never heal. And the most we can hope for... Is to forget.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: You know what I talked about with the other Grey? All the things this Grey won't let me say.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You can say anything to me.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime.
[Meredith takes a few steps back]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: . Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay. I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time. Deep down you're still an intern, and you're not ready.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm not ready right now, but things can stay the way they are and I'll get ready.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Things can't stay the way they are. We can still meet in the elevator, the on call room. And maybe you'll get ready, and I'll wait. I'll wait until you're ready.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay then.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Yeah, but what if, what if while I'm waiting I meet someone who is ready to give me what I want from you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: What if you do?
[the elevator opens in front of them and Derek steps in]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: I don't know.
[the doors close between them]

Meredith Grey: In life, only one thing is certain, apart from death and taxes. No matter how hard you try, no matter how good your intentions, you are going to make mistakes. You're going to hurt people. You're going to get hurt.

"Grey's Anatomy: How Insensitive (#6.21)" (2010)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] The skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects us. Holds us together. Literally lets us know how we're feeling. The skin can be soft and vulnerable. Highly sensitive. Easy to break. Skin doesn't matter to a surgeon, we'll cut right through it, go inside, find out the secrets underneath. It takes delicacy and sensitivity.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] No matter how thick-skinned we try to be, there's millions of electrifying nerve endings in there. Open and exposed and feeling way too much. Try as we might from feeling pain. Sometimes it's just unavoidable. Sometimes, that's the only thing left: just feeling.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Now I understand the sensitivty training.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Yeah, no fat jokes.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Yang, you're off the case.
Dr. Cristina Yang: I said no fat jo...
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Goodbye

"Grey's Anatomy: Love, Loss and Legacy (#8.5)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [opening voiceover] The human body is designed to compensate for loss. It adapts, so it no longer needs the thing it can't have, but sometimes, the loss is too great and the body can't compensate on it's own. That's when surgeons get involved.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [closing voiceover] We're so hopeful at the beginning of things. That there seems like there's only a world to be gained, not lost. They say the inability to accept loss is a form of insanity, it's probably true, but sometimes, it's the only way to stay alive.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [about Zola] Do you know how long her shunt must have been malfunctioning for her bowel to have gotten this bad?
Dr. Meredith Grey: They didn't know what to look for.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Exactly, because she should've been with us.
Dr. Meredith Grey: But she's not and that's my fault and I may never sleep another night again because of that, but if there's a prayer of us getting her back then we just have to dot our I's and cross our T's and not mess with the rules. Arizona is a great surgeon. Please don't make it worse.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [to Arizona] What is your plan on fixing this?
Dr. Arizona Robbins: It's just kinked. Once I get in there and I remove the adhesions and fix the obstruction. The shunt will be fine.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: What if it's not? What if it's disconnected or broken?
Dr. Arizona Robbins: Then I convert to a V-A shunt. Derek, I can do this. Let me do this.

"Grey's Anatomy: Drowning on Dry Land (#3.16)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Like I said, disappearances happen. Pain... goes phantom. Blood... stops running. People... people fade away. There's more I have to say. So much more. But... I've disappeared...

Dylan Young: Hey.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [confused] Hey.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Am I...
[Dylan smiles]
Dr. Meredith Grey: ... dead?
Denny Duquette: Damn right you are.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [looking between the two of them] Holy -
[cut to shot outside of room]

Dr. Meredith Grey: Like I said, disappearances happen. Pains go phantom. Blood stops running. And people, people fade away. There's more I have to say, so much more. But, I disappeared.

"Grey's Anatomy: Invasion (#6.5)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: When you get sick, starts with on single bacteria. Pretty soon, the intruder duplicates... Becomes two. Then those two become four, and those four become eight. Then, before your body knows it... it's under attack. It's an invasion. The question for a doctor is: once the invaders have landed, once they've taken over your body... How the hell do you get rid of them?

Dr. Meredith Grey: What do you do when the infection hits you... When it's takes over? Do you do what you're supposed to and take your medicine? Or do you learn to live with the thing and hope someday it goes away? Or do you just give up entirely and let it kill you?

"Grey's Anatomy: Begin the Begin (#2.13)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Fresh starts. Thanks to the calendar, they happen every year. Just set your watch to January. Our reward for surviving the holiday season is a new year bringing on the great tradition of new year's resolutions. Put your past behind you and start over. It's hard to resist the chance of a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Who gets to determine when the old ends and the new begins? It's not a day on the calendar, not a birthday, not a New Year. It's an event. Big or small. Something that changes us. Ideally, it gives us hope. A new way of living and looking at the world. Letting go of old habits, old memories. 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.

"Grey's Anatomy: Didn't We Almost Have It All? (#3.25)" (2007)
Dr. Cristina Yang: He's gone.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't think he's gone. He's stuff is still here.
Dr. Cristina Yang: No. His trumpet was here. His entire Eugene Foot collection. His CDs. His grandmother's picture was beside his bed. His luckiest scrub cap was hanging on the door... he's gone. I'm free. Damn it. Damn it. Damn, damn it.
[Starts to sob]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Oh God gets this off! Get this off! Get this off!
Dr. Meredith Grey: Stay still, stay still.
[unties her necklace]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Help me.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [grabs scissors, cuts Cristina out of her dress and holds her while she crys]

Dr. Meredith Grey: Stop whining! This is your wedding day. You will go down that aisle and you will get married. If I have to kick your ass every step of the way to get you there, you WILL walk down the aisle, you WILL get married. Do you hear me, Cristina? We need this. We need you to get your happy ending.

"Grey's Anatomy: Love/Addiction (#4.2)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: In the hospital, we see addiction every day. It's shocking, how many kinds of addiction exist. It would be too easy if it was just drugs and booze and cigarettes. I think the hardest part of kicking a habit is wanting to kick it. I mean, we get addicted for a reason, right? Often, too often, things that start out as just a normal part of your life at some point cross the line to obsessive, compulsive, out of control. It's the high we're chasing, the high that makes everything else fade away.

Dr. 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.

"Grey's Anatomy: Tell Me Sweet Little Lies (#2.14)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: But here's the truth about the truth: It hurts. So we lie.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] As doctors, we're trained to be skeptical. Because our patients lie to us all the time. The rule is, every patient is a liar, until proven honest.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Why aren't you prepping for rounds and stealing all the good cases?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Well, why aren't you prepping for rounds and stealing all the good cases?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No reason.
Dr. Cristina Yang: No reason?
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voice-over] Lying is bad. Or so we're told. Constantly. From birth. Honesty is the best policy. The truth shall set you free. I chopped down the cherry tree. Whatever.

"Grey's Anatomy: My Favorite Mistake (#3.19)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: The thing about plans is they don't take into account the unexpected. So when we're thrown a curve ball, we have to improvise. Of course, some of us are better at it than others. Some of us 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 what we need is a new plan.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Wow, you and George were really going at it last night.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [Spits out water] What?
Dr. Cristina Yang: The laughing, the drinking, the music. Okay, nobody, I mean me, needs to hear George's rendition of Sexy back at 3:00 in the morning.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: [laughs] Yeah, yeah. You should have said something or you know, banged on the wall.
Dr. Cristina Yang: It's like living in a youth hostel.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Well, the important thing is that she and George made up. You did, right?
Dr. Alex Karev: [Interrupts] I need to use your bathroom
Dr. Meredith Grey: Why?
Dr. Alex Karev: Cause O'Malley's puking in mine.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Youth hostel.

"Grey's Anatomy: It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (#12.19)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I just don't understand how you didn't see it happen.
Dr. Ben Warren: You do. You know. You should know. You're surgeons. You know what it's like. You... When you operate, when you control if a person breathes another breath, when... when you hold their beating heart in your hand, when you are responsible for that life, you don't see or hear or feel anything else... The rest of the world just disappears. You know that. You all do. You can't tell me you don't.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] Surgeons have a saying: all bleeding must stop. It's sort of our version of "this too shall pass". Every crisis will eventually come to an end. You either save your patient, or you won't. So, one way or the other, the bleeding will stop. Actually, as far as sayings go, this one's really not all that comforting. All bleeding must stop. Sometimes, it does so at a cost. You lose the arm, remove the organ. You choose to live with the loss because at the end of the day, you'll do whatever you can to stay alive and sometimes, by some miracle, it works. The bleeding stops, but sometimes, now matter how hard you try, it's still not enough.

"Grey's Anatomy: Slow Night, So Long (#7.9)" (2010)
Dr. Alex Karev: [Grey and Karev perform surgery without their attending, Dr. Stark and are now sitting in a conference room awaiting the consequences] We did what we were trained to do.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Remember the first day? The chief said only two of us would make it.
Dr. Meredith Grey, Dr. Alex Karev: [speaks in unison] I thought it'd be me and Cristina.
Dr. Alex Karev: How are we the last two standing?

Dr. Meredith Grey: Can you believe we called an entire O.R. team and they came? Amazing.
Dr. Alex Karev: We've got balls. Clamp.
Dr. Meredith Grey: You've got balls. I've got *cojones*.
Dr. Alex Karev: You know those are balls, right?

"Grey's Anatomy: Superstition (#2.21)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: My college campus has a magic statue... it's a long standing tradition to rub its nose for luck. My freshman roommate really believed in the statue's power and insisted on visiting it to rub its nose before every exam. Studying might of been a better idea. She flunked out sophomore year, but the fact is we all have little superstitious things that we all do. If it's not believing in magic statues, it's avoiding sidewalk cracks, or always putting on our left shoe first. Knock on wood, step on a crack... brake your mother's back. The last thing you want to do is offend the Gods.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Find a penny pick it up, and all day long you will have good luck. No one wants to pass up a chance for good luck, but does saying it 33 times really help? I mean is anyone really listening, and if no one is listening why do we bother doing those strange things at all? We rely on superstition because we are smart enough to know we don't have all the answers, and that life works in mysterious ways. Don't diss the ju ju from wherever it comes.

"Grey's Anatomy: Piece of My Heart (#4.13)" (2008)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Giving birth may be all intense and magical and stuff but the act itself is not exactly pleasant. But it's also the beginning of something incredible... something new... something unpredictable... something true... something worth loving... something worth missing... something that will change your life forever.

[Cristina and Meredith are having a tug-o-war with the sparkle pager when Callie walks up]
Dr. Callie Torres: Um, anyone, uh... anyone ever think you two are a couple?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, because we screw boys like whores on tequila.
Dr. Cristina Yang: And then we either try to marry them or drown ourselves.
Dr. Callie Torres: Huh.

"Grey's Anatomy: Let It Be (#2.8)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: In the eight grade, my English class had to read "Romeo and Juliet". Then for extra credit, Ms. Synder made us act out all the parts. Sal Scafarillo was Romeo and as fate would have it, I was Juliet. All the other girls were jealous, but I had a slightly different take. I told Ms. Synder Juliet was an idiot. For starters she falls for the one guy she knows she can't have, then she blames fate for her own bad decision. Ms. Synder explained to me that when fate comes into play, choice sometimes goes out the window. At the ripe old age of 13 I was very clear that love, like life, is about making choices, and fate has nothing to do with it. Everyone thinks it's so romantic. Romeo and Juliet, true love, how sad. If Juliet was stupid enough to fall for the enemy, drink the bottle of the poison and go to sleep in a mausoleum, she deserved whatever she got!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Maybe Romeo and Juliet were fated to be together, but just for a while, and then their time passed. And if they could've known that beforehand, maybe it would've all been OK. I told Ms. Synder that when I was grown up, I would take fate into my own hands. I wouldn't let some guy drag me down. Mrs. Synder said I'd be lucky if I ever had that kind of passion with someone, and if I did, we would be together forever. Even now I believe for the most part, love is about choices. It's about putting down the poison and the dagger and making your own happy ending, most of the time, and that sometimes despite all your best choices and all your best intentions, fate wins anyway.

"Grey's Anatomy: There's a Fine, Fine Line (#12.18)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: The dad made it.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: The mom didn't.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I hate it when it's babies.
Dr. Miranda Bailey: Me too.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] I used to spend hours studying old footage of my mother's surgeries. I dissected every move, every cut, every decision. I was piecing together a puzzle, watching, studying, learning. It's a luxury we don't have when the patient is splayed open in front of us. We can't rewind. There's no replay. We just have to cut and hope to God we know what the hell we're doing. Hindsight is always 20/20. It's easy to figure out what you should have done when you replay it. You see your mistakes. You know how you'd correct them. But that's the kicker, isn't it?

"Grey's Anatomy: Tainted Obligation (#6.4)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: We begining life with a few obligations. We pledge allegiance fusto the flag. We swear to return out library books. Buw as we get older, we take vows, we make promises, we get burdened by commitments. To do no harm, to tell the truth and nothing but. To love and cherish till death to us part. So we just keep running up a tab. Until we owe everything to everybody, and suddenly think "what the... "

Dr. Meredith Grey: The thing about being a surgeon, everybody wants a piece of you. We take one little oath and suddenly, we're drowning in obligations. To our patients, to our colleagues, to medicine itself. So we do what any sane person would do. We run like hell from our promises, hoping they'll be forgotten. But sooner or later, they always catch up. And sometimes you find the obligation you dread the most isn't worth running from at all.

"Grey's Anatomy: Desire (#3.21)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] But as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don't know what they want.

Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] 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. But as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don't know what they want.

"Grey's Anatomy: Blues for Sister Someone (#2.23)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Narrating in voice off] Too often, going after what feels good, means letting go of what you know is right.

Dr. Meredith Grey: 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. A wise man once said, you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant it, nothing comes without a price... So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you're willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right. And letting someone in means abandoning the walls you've spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don't see coming... When we don't have time to come up with a strategy, to pick a side, or to measure the potential loss.When that happens, when the battle chooses us, that's when the sacrifice can turn out to be more than we can bear.

"Grey's Anatomy: Here Comes the Flood (#5.3)" (2008)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to her shrink in the elevator] what was the point? All those hours and all that money. what's the point? The world is a horrible place. Young people die of diseases. It makes absolutely no sense to try to be happy in a world that's such a horrible place.
Dr. Wyatt: [to Meredith] Yes.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What?
Dr. Wyatt: Yes, horrible things do happen. Happiness in the face of all of that... that's not the goal. Feeling the horrible and knowing that you're not gonna die from those feelings, that's goal.
Dr. Wyatt: [she stops the elevator] And you're not done. You've made progress because you're feeling and you're telling me about it. Six months ago, it would've been just you and a bottle of tequila. My door is always open.

Dr. Meredith Grey: Bones break. Organs burst. Flesh tears. We can sew the flesh, repair the damage, ease the pain. But when life breaks down. When we break down. There's no science, no hard and fast rules. We just have to feel our way through, and to a surgeon, there's nothing worse, and there's nothing better.

"Grey's Anatomy: Break on Through (#2.15)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: In surgery there is a red line on the floor that marks the point where the hospital goes from being accessible to being off limits to all but a special few. Crossing the line unauthorized is not tolerated. In general, lines are there for a reason, for safety, for security, for clarity. If you choose to cross the line, you pretty much choose to do so at your own risk. So why is it that the bigger the line, the greater the temptation to cross it?

Dr. Meredith Grey: We can't help ourselves, we see a line we want to cross it. Maybe it's the thrill of trading the familiar for the unfamiliar, a sort of personal dare, only problem is, once you have crossed it's almost impossible to go back. But if you do manage to make it back across that line, you find safety in numbers.

"Grey's Anatomy: Freedom: Part 1 (#4.16)" (2008)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm still mad at you. And I don't know if I trust you. I wanna trust you but I don't know if I do, so I'm just gonna try. I'm gonna try and trust you because I believe that we can be extraordinary together rather than ordinary apart.

Dr. Derek Shepherd: [as he is walking up to Meredith, walking around, surrounded by candles] Meredith....
Dr. Meredith Grey: [unaware that Derek is approaching] Stupid, corny, idiotic, I can't believe I did this. Stupid, loser, son of a ... I could be at home instead of ... oh stupid, stupid brain man!
Dr. Derek Shepherd: [smiling] Meredith...

"Grey's Anatomy: Family Affair (#12.24)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] They say love knows no bounds. I don't know about that. I feel like I've seen the bounds and pushed them a couple of times. Love definitely has bounds. I've seen where it ends. Love has boundaries. We know this. We knock them down, build them back up, then knock them down again. But does it have to be that way? Can't we learn? Can't we be brave? Can't we believe? Because, maybe, that's all we need. A little courage. A little hope. A little belief. Maybe there are no boundaries if we choose to not see them. Maybe love is unlimited if we're just brave enough to decide love is limitless. Maybe there's enough happy for everyone. Or maybe... give me a minute. I'll think of something.

Dr. Amelia Shepherd: Meredith, I am flipping out here. I'm wearing a wedding gown. There is a good and decent man in there who loves me and is expecting to marry me, and I can't tell if I am marrying because I love him back or because I just ran here and picked up a scalpel and slipped into this Shepherd skin. And maybe it is right, and maybe it's not, but I don't know, and I am marrying Cristina's husband. I know what you think about that. And I don't know what I'm doing. And there is no one here with me. There is no one here to tell me to quit or get me down the aisle or help me. That is Derek's job, and Derek is dead. And all I have is Maggie, and Maggie is full of sunshine and candy and hope, and every time I try to tell her that the world is on fire, she hands me a marshmallow to roast, so that just leaves you. And you... you are rooting for the other guy. You told me to go and be with Owen, and then you turned on me, and now you are not on my side. And we both know you don't like me, but you are stuck with me. So here I am in a wedding gown on the happiest fricking day of my life in a room with no family and no help and no one on my side but you. So what can you do for me? What can you do for me, Meredith?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're me.
Dr. Amelia Shepherd: What?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You're me before Derek. I can be here for you. I know how to do this. I can be a twisted sister for you. Just how do you want to play this? Do you need me to tell you you're a beautiful bride and kick your ass down that aisle? You're a beautiful bride. Turn around. I'll start kicking. Do you need me to call your mother and yell at her? I'm your girl. If you need a shoulder to cry on, I have two. If you want to freak out and call it off, if you want to run, I'll drive the getaway car. Just let me know what you need. I'm here for you. I am your family, Amelia. Today, I am your person. Just tell me what you want to do.

"Grey's Anatomy: Deterioration of the Fight or Flight Response (#2.26)" (2006)
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: I cut the L-VAD wire.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Actually, I cut the L-VAD wire.
Dr. George O'Malley: No, I did it. I'm the one who cut the wire.
[pause, Christina remains silent and George gives her a nudge]
Christina Yang: Fine. I cut the L-vad wire.
Dr. Alex Karev: I didn't do anything I'm totally innocent.
[everyone starts yelling at Alex, except Dr. Webber]
Dr. Richard Webber: People! I know who did this so you might as well come clean. I know!

Dr. Meredith Grey: Thank you... for calling me about Izzie.
Dr. George O'Malley: I didn't do you any favors.
Dr. Meredith Grey: But it meant something. That you called. It meant something to me.
Dr. George O'Malley: It didn't mean anything.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Right, okay. Sorry -
Dr. George O'Malley: Stop saying you're sorry!
[long pause]
Dr. George O'Malley: You wanna know something? I knew. I knew you didn't feel that way about me, even during... when we were in bed I knew. I knew and I still let it happen, because, um... well, I figured one night with you was better than never. So, will you just stop saying that you're sorry? 'Cause you didn't know any better, but I did. And I still let it happen. I'm sorry.
[long pause]
Dr. George O'Malley: I'm sorry, Meredith.

"Grey's Anatomy: A Change Is Gonna Come (#4.1)" (2007)
Dr. 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. Sometimes change is everything.

Dr. Cristina Yang: [to her interns] I have five rules. Memorize them. Rule number one, don't bother sucking up. I already hate you, that's not gonna change.
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Trauma protocol, phone lists, pagers. The nurses will page you, you answer every page at a run. A run. That's rule number two...
[notices the interns are not following her... ]
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: You're supposed to follow me.
Dr. Alex Karev: Your first shift starts now and lasts 36 hours. You're grunts, nobodies, the bottom of the surgical food chain. You run labs, write orders, work every second night until you drop. And you don't complain. You NEVER complain.
Dr. Meredith Grey: On call rooms. Sleep when you can, where you can. You know, but not with anybody. Not attendings, especially not attendings. Sleeping with attendings, not a good idea. Where was I?
Dr. George O'Malley: Er, rule number three. If you're sleeping, do not wake you unless the patient is actually dying.
Dr. Cristina Yang: The dying patient better not be dead when I get there, because not only will you have killed someone, you will have woken me for no good reason. Are we clear? Yes?
Dr. Lexie Grey: [... raising her hand... ] That was four rules, you said five.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Rule number five. When I move, you move...
[awkward pause as nobody moves... ]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Go!...
[Cristina's interns scramble off... ]

"Grey's Anatomy: Band-Aid Covers the Bullet Hole (#2.20)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [Narrating] We're supposed to forget the past that landed us here, ignore the future complications that might arise and go for the quick fix.

Dr. Meredith Grey: As doctors, patients are always telling us how they'd do our jobs. Just stitch me up, slap a band-aid on it and send me home. It’s easy to suggest a quick solution, when you don’t know much about the problem or you don’t understand the underlying cause or just how deep the wound is. The first step toward a real cure is to know exactly what the disease is to begin with. But that’s not what people want to hear. We're supposed to forget the past that led us here, ignore the future complications that might arise and go for the quick fix.

"Grey's Anatomy: Mama Tried (#12.22)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] There's this Bible story. Two women both claim to be the mother of the same child. King Solomon had to choose. Two mothers, only one gets the kid. Solomon came up with a plan. He proposed a 50/50 split. Literally. He offered to chop the kid in half. It all ends if one mom relinquishes her custody, or else they both stand their ground, and the kid gets torn apart. If you're wondering how the Solomon story ends, spoiler alert. The true mom would rather give her baby up than have it ripped in two, but what happens when there are two true mothers? That's a no win situation. That is an entirely different story.

Lucinda Gamble: [to Meredith] Callie drops Sofia off at your place sometimes when she has to work or when she has plans or when she needs a night off. Correct?
Dr. Meredith Grey: A "night off"? Being a mom isn't a job. We don't punch in and punch out. There are no nights off. We are both single parents. That's not a dirty word, but we do need help getting our kids to where they need to be with all of their limbs intact, so we lean on each other. That's not a sign of weakness or bad parenting if that's where you're going with this. It takes a village and we have a village.
Lucinda Gamble: Here in Seattle.
Dr. Meredith Grey: What?
Lucinda Gamble: The village you just mentioned, the seamless support system these mothers built, this essential network. It's all here in Seattle. Sofia's friends and her school, her teachers. Her home is here in Seattle. That's what Sofia would be leaving.

"Grey's Anatomy: What Have I Done to Deserve This? (#2.19)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I didn't know I didn't want to. You were there. And you were saying all these perfect things and I was sad. And so I thought maybe. Maybe I've just been overlooking what's been in front of me. And if I just give it a chance because you're George and you're so great... I didn't know I didn't want to until... I knew I didn't want to.

Dr. George O'Malley: Why? I just wanna know... why you - if you didn't want to.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I didn't know I didn't want to. You were there and you were saying all these perfect things and I was sad. And so I thought "Maybe... maybe I've just been overlooking what's been in front of me... and if I just give it a chance, because you're George and you're so great." I didn't know I didn't want to until I knew I didn't want to.
Dr. George O'Malley: Yeah. Okay.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Can we please just go back to everything the way it was?
Dr. George O'Malley: I don't know how to go back. No. I'm done. We're done.

"Grey's Anatomy: Now or Never (#5.24)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Did you say it? I love you. I don't ever wanna live without you. You changed my life. Did you say it?

Dr. Meredith Grey: Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever wanna live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? 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.

"Grey's Anatomy: Forever Young (#4.8)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: There comes a point in your life when you're officially an adult. Suddenly you're old enough to vote, to drink and engage in other adult activities. Suddenly people expect you to be responsible, serious, a grown up. We get taller, We get older. But do we ever really grow up?... In some ways we grow up. We have families. We get married. Divorced. But for the most part, we still have the same problems that we had when we were 15. No matter how much we grow taller, grow older, we are still forever stumbling. Forever wondering. Forever young.

"Grey's Anatomy: From a Whisper to a Scream (#3.9)" (2006)
Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens: Dude, she went all cage fighter on you!
Dr. Meredith Grey: I know!

"Grey's Anatomy: With or Without You (#11.17)" (2015)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I'm calling post-it. Zola and Bailey and tumors on the wall and ferry boat scrub caps.

"Grey's Anatomy: The Name of the Game (#2.22)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: So go ahead... argue with the refs. 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's no tomorrow. It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

"Grey's Anatomy: Losing My Mind (#4.15)" (2008)
Dr. Lexie Grey: I forgive you.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Lexie.
Dr. Lexie Grey: No. I forgive you. I forgive you for treating me like crap, and I forgive you for letting your friend treat me like crap.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Lexie...
Dr. Lexie Grey: I don't know how you get up in the morning, I honestly don't. Our dad abandoned you. And your mom by all accounts was the meanest person ever and you can't let Derek love you, and it all really, really sucks. But ever since I knew you existed, I had this fantasy about my big sister, and you have failed on every occasion to live up to that fantasy. But I still love you whether you are capable of letting me or not. So, I forgive you.
[storms out of bathroom]
Dr. Wyatt: [comes out of bathroom stall] Two o'clock work for you?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yeah... ok.

"Grey's Anatomy: I Ain't No Miracle Worker (#13.3)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: He knocks on the door, says he forgot his keys, and he's sorry for being gone so long.

"Grey's Anatomy: With You I'm Born Again (#7.1)" (2010)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] When we say things like "People don't change" it drives scientists crazy. Because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy, matter, it's always changing. Morphing. Merging. Growing. Dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting them be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing, despite every scientific indication, that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change, that's up to us. It can feel like death, or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [to Dr. Owen Hunt] I do.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [voiceover] Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.

"Grey's Anatomy: Much Too Much (#2.10)" (2005)
[Meredith's one-night-stand from the previous night has showed up at Seattle Grace with an erection that won't go away]
[George enters the stairwell. Going up the stairs, he finds Meredith sitting on the stairs by herself]
Dr. George O'Malley: So, how do you break a guy's penis?
Dr. Meredith Grey: You know about Steve too?

"Grey's Anatomy: I Choose You (#12.3)" (2015)
Dr. Meredith Grey: The body is a bundle of possibility. Every time we cut one open, we're faced with a series of decisions. Some choices are made for you, but for the most part, surgery is a choose-your-own adventure. When you're faced with the tough choices, it comes down to you. What can you life with? What can you leave behind? Right or wrong, you have to decide what you're willing to go down fighting for. The choice is yours.

"Grey's Anatomy: I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me (#6.3)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: We're all susceptible to it. The dread and anxiety of not knowing what's coming. It's pointless in the end. Because all the worrying, and all the making of plans for the things that could happen it only makes things worse. So, walk your dog, or take a nap. Just, whatever you do, stop worrying. Because the only cure for paranoia is to be here. Just the way you are.

"Grey's Anatomy: The End Is the Beginning Is the End (#9.11)" (2013)
Dr. Meredith Grey: We could buy a house.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: We have a house.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We could buy another house.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: We could buy five houses.
Dr. Cristina Yang: We could buy five houses with yards the size of football fields.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We could by the team to play on the fields.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Who would play against them?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Well, we would buy another team...
Dr. Alex Karev: I should have been on that damn plane!

"Grey's Anatomy: Heart-Shaped Box (#8.8)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: It's a little bit horrifying just how quickly everything can fall to crap. 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 equipt to deal with the next big disaster that comes along. Sometimes, but, not always.

"Grey's Anatomy: Thanks for the Memories (#2.9)" (2005)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Gratitude. Appreciation Giving thanks. No matter what words you use, it all means the same thing: happy. We're supposed to be happy. Grateful; for friends, family, happy to just be alive. Weather we like it or not. 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.

"Grey's Anatomy: Good Mourning (#6.1)" (2009)
Dr. Meredith Grey: According to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, when we are dying or have suffered a catastrophic loss, we all move through five distinct stages of grief. We go into denial, because the loss is so unthinkable, we can't imagine it's true. We become angry with everyone - angry with survivors, angry with ourselves. Then we bargain. We offer everything we have. We offer up our souls in exchange for just one more day. When the bargaining has failed and the anger is too hard to maintain, we fall into depression, despair, until finally we have to accept that we have done everything we can. We let go. We let go and move into acceptance.
Dr. Meredith Grey: In medical school, we have a hundred classes that teach us how to fight off death and not one lesson in how to go on living.

"Grey's Anatomy: Catastrophe and the Cure (#13.2)" (2016)
Dr. Meredith Grey: When i first got here he was one of the worst people i had ever met in my life, and now he's one of the best.

"Grey's Anatomy: Where the Boys Are (#3.7)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: There's too much water under the thing or whatever...

"Grey's Anatomy: Disarm (#7.11)" (2011)
Dr. Meredith Grey: [to Derek during surgery] I was the wife in the waiting room, Derek. And it's so hard to be the wife in the waiting room, so hard that I walked into the O.R. while the shooter had a gun to you and told him to shoot me instead. That's how hard it is to be the wife in the waiting room. Excuse me while I go update my patient.
[Storms out the room]

"Grey's Anatomy: Readiness Is All (#9.23)" (2013)
Dr. Meredith Grey: They hit you out of nowhere. When bad things come, they come suddenly, without a warning.
Dr. Meredith Grey: We rarely get to see the catastrophe coming, no matter how well we try to prepare for it.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [... ] The bad things come suddenly, without a warning, but we forget that sometimes that's how the good things come too.

"Grey's Anatomy: Sympathy for the Parents (#6.19)" (2010)
Dr. Meredith Grey: Ask Bailey to do it pro-bono.
Dr. Alex Karev: I can't ask her to do that.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Alex, he's your brother.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Evil's spawn has a brother?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Aaron, Christina Yang.
Aaron Karev: Nice to meet you, Dr. Yang. I'm Aaron Karev.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Oh. My God. You're so nice.
[to Alex]
Dr. Cristina Yang: He's so nice. Why can't you be nice like your brother?
[to Aaron]
Dr. Cristina Yang: Angel's spawn.
Dr. Alex Karev: Why can't you?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Fair enough.

"Grey's Anatomy: Where the Wild Things Are (#4.12)" (2008)
Dr. Lexie Grey: [flowers in the hand that a patient gave to rose]
Dr. Meredith Grey: What's with the flowers?
Dr. Lexie Grey: Are you asking as a resident or a sister?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Sister.
Dr. Lexie Grey: I'm stealing stuff.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Okay.
Dr. Lexie Grey: Are you okay?
[since Rose just declared that she loved Derek]
Dr. Meredith Grey: [walks away] Resident again now. Stop stealing crap from the hospital.

"Grey's Anatomy: What I Am (#3.4)" (2006)
Dr. Meredith Grey: You are just one of many men I happen to be dating at the moment.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Really? How many of us are there?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Uh... well... there's... uh... you... and Finn... and...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Well forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but I don't see any practitioners of veterinary medicine at your bedside.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: You would if you turned around.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Ah... Finn.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Derek.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Can I just say how much it helps that I am on drugs right now.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: So.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So, how's life in the animal kingdom?
Dr. Finn Dandridge: 'Bout you, Derek? Slow day?
[Derek's pager beeps]
Dr. Finn Dandridge: If you need to take off that's...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: No, it's fine. I can stay.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Great.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Great.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Great.
Dr. George O'Malley: Ok, let's get you prepped and ready-Dr. Shepard. Dr. Finn.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Now all my boys are here. You're all so handsome... and such good kissers.
Dr. George O'Malley: Oh... God...
Dr. Finn Dandridge: Excuse me?
Dr. George O'Malley: She's on drugs.
Dr. Meredith Grey: He's an excellent kisser.
Dr. Finn Dandridge: You two dated?
Dr. Derek Shepherd: You didn't know?
Dr. Meredith Grey: It wasn't a date so much as a... disastrously... uncomfortable... sexual experience.

"Grey's Anatomy: The Girl with No Name (#8.20)" (2012)
Dr. Alex Karev: What do you guys know about Carson Methodist?
Dr. Cristina Yang: Nothing. I'd like to keep it that way.
Dr. Alex Karev: [sighs] It's in Toledo, or an hour outside, I guess. I interview next week.
Dr. Cristina Yang: [looks to Meredith] Where's Toledo?
Dr. Meredith Grey: Canada.

"Grey's Anatomy: Let the Truth Sting (#4.3)" (2007)
Dr. Cristina Yang: What's the matter? Couldn't find his LVAD Wire?
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: It was Coincidence
Dr. Cristina Yang: Oh well. I'm scrubbing in on Meredith's hemiglossectomy
[Meredith walks in]
Dr. Meredith Grey: She's faking it. She's faking sadness.
Dr. Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens: Okay I have an old guy trying to kill himself. So I don't have time for you two and your fake drama

"Grey's Anatomy: Crash Into Me: Part 2 (#4.10)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: I don't want you to date other people. I may not be enough for you, but I'm trying here so I don't want you to date anybody but me. That's it. Except I'm scared as hell to want you. But here I am wanting you anyway. And the fear means I have something to lose, right? And I don't want to lose you.

"Grey's Anatomy: Haunt You Every Day (#4.5)" (2007)
Dr. Meredith Grey: What are you guys doing up?
Dr. Izzie Stevens, Dr. Alex Karev: [Izzie is frosting rice crispy treats and Kerev is carving a pumpkin] Couldn't sleep.
Dr. Izzie Stevens: [Meredith pours her mother's ashes into a ziplock black] What is that?
Dr. Meredith Grey: My mother.
Dr. Alex Karev: Happy freaking Halloween.