“There comes a point in your life when you’re officially an adult. Suddenly, you’re old enough to vote, drink, and engage in other adult activities. Suddenly, people expect you to be repsonsible, serious… a grown up. We get taller, we get older. But do we ever really grow up?”—
“I’m not stalking you. I just… I hate apples. Hate them. Think they shouldn’t be allowed to be a fruit. That’s one. And… and two, I can draw really, really well on an etch a sketch. Like, really well, like I could be a professional if, you know, that profession existed. I play the trombone… badly. Uh, I like Math. And I notice that you do this thing with your hands when you’re trying to make a point, like… like… like this. And I know that that’s about you, but I … I do it, too. So it’s also about me. And that’s five. Five things that I’m hoping will make it a little bit harder for you to hate me.”—Lexie
Izzie:I do, I love him, and I'm so happy because he's kind and smart and um, sweet and sexy. He's perfect, perfect, except for the fact that he kisses like a chicken. You know a chicken pecking the ground for food, justs pecking and pecking and pecking, and when he's pecking at me like that I forget that I love him, I forget that he's kind and sweet and sexy and I just wanna scream, "Stop pecking me!" Did he peck you like a chicken, Mer?
“Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn’t just about being tough - it’s about acceptance. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not be hardcore for once. You don’t have to be tough every minute of every day. It’s okay to let down your guard. In fact, there are moments when it’s the best thing you can possibly do - as long as you choose your moments wisely.”—
“It goes away. The feeling. That feeling that you have right now… today… that feeling like you can do anything. That clarity… It goes away. And you go right back to being the coward who can’t tell the person you love how you feel.”—
Meredith:It’s my mom. I had her in the cubby and she was freaking people out. I was just gonna go put her in the car. Do you think that’s disrespectful? To leave her in the car?
Derek:It’s a little….
Meredith:It’s not that strange. I mean, I’m trying to figure out how to put her to rest. I can’t shove her in the back of my closet anymore. I have to deal with her. And this is me trying…to evolve. I’m trying here. So, cubby or car?
Derek:You’re asking me if I think you should put your mom’s ashes in your cubby or your car. You don’t think that’s very very strange?
“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 old scores never settle. Old wounds never heal, and the most we can hope for is that someday we’ll be lucky enough to forget.”—
“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 are going to hurt people. You are going to get hurt. And if you ever want to recover, theres really only one thing you can say…”—
Meredith: So, I got Alex to cover for me so I can leave right after I round on my patients… 48 uninterrupted hours!Derek: Yeah, yeah, yeah… um… you know, maybe this is not a good weekend.Meredith: What did Lexie say about me?Derek: She didn’t say anything. I did all the talking. Oh, don’t blame her.Meredith: So what, you’re friends with my sister now? I mean, you talked to the other Grey about me?Derek: You know what I talked about with the other Grey? All the things this Grey won’t let me say.Meredith: You can say anything to me.Derek: 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 steps back a little)Derek: Mm. See what happens? I say things like that, and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It’s ok. 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.Meredith: I’m not ready right now. But things can stay the way they are, and I can get ready. I’ll get ready.Derek: Things can 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.Meredith: Ok, then…Derek: Yeah, but what if, what if while I’m waiting, I meet someone who is ready to give me what I want from you?Meredith: What if you do?Derek: I don’t know…
“The truth is painful. Deep down nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because the truth is all we have to give. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can’t help ourselves. Sometimes, we tell them, because we owe them at least that much.”—
“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’re there? Because no matter how badly a thing is hurting us, sometimes letting it go hurts even worse.”—
“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. And it hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying. But here’s the truth: The more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Sometimes change…Is..Everything.”—
Cristina:Meredith, please say something, say something!
Meredith:I...I don´t know.
Cristina:Say what I would say you if you were me.
Meredith:Stop whining. This is your wedding day. You will go down that aisle. You will get married! If I have to kick your ass, every step by the way to get you there. You will walk down the aisle and you will get married. Do you hear me Cristina? We need this. We need you to get your happy ending.
Cristina:What am I supposed to say? "I swear to love and cherish you every moment of everyday of my life?" I mean, th-th-that's not real. I mean, that's not how it works, right?
Callie:It does, at first, but then it...
Izzie:No it doesn't. You guys are just used to it, that's all. You already have it, you have that thing everybody else wants. You can take it for granted, but let me tell you, if you didn't - if you couldn't be with the person that you love, I guarantee that hearing him promise you to love you and honor you and cherish you, no matter what, it would be pretty much all you could think about.
Cristina:Wait, can you say that again? Just slowly.
“Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all.”—
Meredith:When I drowned, it was different for you than it was for me. Something happened to me, and I really don't know how to explain it without sounding like...I just feel different - I wanna be better at everything, and I wanna let you in. I swear.
Derek:Did you practice that?
Meredith:With hand gestures, but I dropped those. Just, now is not the time to give up on me, ok? That´s what I´m saying.
“Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have. Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out. Desire can wreck your life. And as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don’t know what they want.”—
Meredith:Then why are you still staring at the ceiling?
Derek:I don't know, it's just, that day, you came out of the water. I spent the scariest hour of my life, trying to breathe for you. I love you, and I want you, but I don't know what to...you didn't swim. You didn't swim and you know how to. And I don't know if I can... I don't know if I wanna keep trying to breathe for you.
“Some people believe that without history, our lives amount to nothing. At some point we all have to choose: do we fall back on what we know, or do we step forward to something new? It’s hard not to be haunted by our past. Our history is what shapes us… what guides us. Our history resurfaces time after time after time. So we have to remember sometimes the most important history is the history we’re making today.”—
“The thing about plans is they don’t take into account the unexpected, so when we’re thrown a curve ball, whether its in the OR or in life, we have to improvise. Of course, some of us are better at it than others. Some of us just have to move on to plan B and make the best of it. And sometimes what we want is exactly what we need. But sometimes, sometimes what we need is a new plan.”—