DR. MEREDITH GREY, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (2005)
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!
DR. MEREDITH GREY, "Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" (2006)
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. MEREDITH GREY, "With You I'm Born Again" (2010)
One way or another our karma will lead us to face ourselves. We can look our karma in the eye or we can wait for it to sneak up on us from behind. One way or another our karma will always find us. And the truth is, as surgeons we have more chances than most to set the balance in our favor. No matter how hard we try, we can't escape our karma. It follows us home. I guess we can't really complain about karma. It's not unfair. It's not unexpected. It just evens the score. And even when we're about to do something we know will probably tempt karma to bite us in the ass, well, it goes without saying, we do it anyway.
DR. GEORGE O'MALLEY, "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" (2006)
There are medical miracles. Being worshippers at the altar 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.
DR. MEREDITH GREY, "Some Kind of Miracle" (2007)
At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it.
DR. MEREDITH GREY, "Save Me" (2005)
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.
DR. MEREDITH GREY, "Stand By Me" (2009)
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. MEREDITH GREY, "Yesterday" (2006)
"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. MEREDITH GREY, "The Heart of the Matter" (2007)
We know more about the human body now than at any other point in our history. But the miracle of life itself - why people live and die, why they hurt or get hurt - is still a mystery.
DR. MIRANDA BAILEY, "Lay Your Hands on Me" (2008)
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