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Grey’s Anatomy: Meredith’s 10 Best Quotes About Friendship

In Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith often gives out plenty of great quotes within the show. Here are her best about friendship.

ABC’s award-winning medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has given fans so many rewarding television-watching moments: moving songs, celebrity cameos, stunning views of Seattle, the steamiest hookups, saddest breakups, heartbreaking deaths, stupendous writing; the list goes on and on.

Speaking of writing: some of the best dialogue comes from Meredith Grey herself — the namesake of the show — during her opening and closing monologues and in her exchanges with her significant others, friends, family, or bosses. They have been the subject of many status updates, soundbites, and tweets across the Internet since its debut.

Her verbal insights on friendship, in particular, are among the philosophical, nostalgic, and relatable.

“If I’m Going To Do This…”

“…and be whole and healthy and be a warm, gooey person who lives with a boy…then I need you on board…[B]ecause you’re the only who knows me…[R]eally knows me.”

This bit from season 5, episode 1 “Dream a Little Dream of Me” sees a number of things happen, but one of the most significant is Derek (Patrick Dempsey) moving in with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). Over the course of the day, Meredith finds Cristina (Sandra Oh) and tells her this, emphasizing that she won’t be able to make it if Cristina abandons her on this and that she’ll never get the happy ending with Derek she so desperately wants.

As friendships go, girls need their pals when they’re in a romantic relationship for a plethora of reasons — and here, we see Meredith being extra emotional in front of Cristina.

“Are You…”

“…plotting a murder? A nuclear attack? It’s fine, I’ll get on board, I’m sure you have a good reason, but just let me know!”

“If Only You Were Lonely” (8.16) sees many things happen in Seattle, such as a new nurse and a coffee shop explosion that requires all-hands-on-deck. This quote from Meredith comes when she spots Cristina eyeing the nurse again and pulls her into a room to ask her what her plans are.

She confides that she thinks Owen (Kevin McKidd) is cheating on her, but they both agree he’s not. This is one moment when we see the two aligned in their friendship, especially on something so serious.

“Gratitude. Appreciation. Giving Thanks…”

“…no matter what words you use, it all means the same thing. Happy…[G]rateful for friends, family, happy to just be alive.”

“Thanks for the Memories” (2.9) gives viewers a Thanksgiving episode that sees the doctors, interns, and attendings doing various things: Meredith finds refuge at the hospital, George (T.R. Knight) goes hunting with his dad and brothers, and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) prepares, cooks, and sets a Thanksgiving table of dinner and decorations, but to no avail, as it seems no one will show up for it.

Viewers hear these words in Meredith’s closing monologue and feel a special kind of warm thanks hearing it.

“I Think It’s Important To Take The Time…”

“…to tell the people you love how much you love them while they can hear you.”

These all-important words, spoken in season 5’s finale titled “Now or Never” comes at a paramount time.

George and Izzie are near-death (from being struck by a bus and aggressive skin cancer, respectively). Several episodes ago, Derek had asked Meredith to marry him, and she has been stalling and sitting on it since — until that point in the drama.

She decides, in the midst of the chaos and grief of losing her friends that she is going to marry Derek. Meredith reminds audiences to tell their loved ones how much they love while they can hear it since she can’t to George and Izzie.

“If There’s An Upside To Free-Falling…”

“…it’s the chance you give your friends to catch you.”

“Much Too Much” (2.10) follows the characters as they deal with romantic embarrassments, personal problems, and big questions, like Alex’s performance suffering at the hand of his intimate issues, and Meredith seeing her one-night-stand in the ER for a penile problem.

Meredith has an emotional confrontation with Derek in the stairwell, which leaves her reeling. This quote is apt in light of her heartbreaking — and awkward — circumstances.

“Friends Are The Family We Choose”

In “Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer” (2.12), Christmas comes to Seattle. While Izzie oversees a dad that got hurt hanging holiday decorations, Cristina performs a heart transplant on a despondent boy, and George grins-and-bears-it with an overbearing family.

These all-too-true words from Meredith come in her closing monologue, reminding fans that while we can’t pick our family, we can pick our friends…who, if lucky, become family.

“She’s My Best Friend…”

“…and right or wrong, she was there when you weren’t.”

Season 3, episode 9’s “From a Whisper to a Scream” emotionally charged events unravel.

Cristina has a crisis of conscience as her and Preston’s (Isaiah Washington) secret regarding his hand begins to rear its ugly head. Izzy pushes the envelope as it concerns her probationary period, and Callie tries to explain herself to George after a grave mistake.

Derek and Meredith are lying in bed as he speaks to her, disappointingly, that she knew the whole time about the hand, and that she should have told him (as Derek was the one that operated on it, thinking Preston was clear for surgery).

Meredith tells Derek that she couldn’t say anything because Cristina trusted her; she’s her best friend, and when Derek left her for Addison and stayed with her a while when he was absent, Cristina was there, so this was the least she could do in return.

“We’re Friends. Real Friends…”

“…and that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally do decide to look back, I’ll still be here.”

In “Band-Aid Covers the Bullet Hole” (2.20), Cristina begrudgingly babysits Miranda’s (Chandra Wilson) baby, and Meredith and Derek try to be friends, though she won’t truly confide in him about semi-sleeping with George.

After that disastrous night, George refuses to speak to Meredith — until she corners him in an elevator. She fervently apologizes and tells him that he can be mad, but when he decides not to be because they are real friends, she’ll be there, waiting for him.

“Derek’s The Love Of My Life, But You Are Soulmate.”

In season 10, episode 24’s “Fear (Of the Unknown)” Cristina is off to Zurich to explore a new job opportunity but isn’t sure she is fully prepared to leave her life in Seattle behind, especially after everything she has been through.

In a tearful episode before Cristina’s exit from the show, Meredith says this to her long-time person, best friend, and confidant. It made audiences’ hearts swell as they thought of their own close comrades.

“You’re My Person.”

This about sums it all up: Meredith — and many other characters in the show — have uttered this line to their best friends.

It all began in season 2, episode 1. “Raindrops Keep Falling In My Head” has fans witness the fallout from season 1’s season finale: Meredith is reeling from discovering that Derek is married, bartender Joe collapses at the bar, Cristina has a life-changing appointment, and Alex works on courting Izzy.

Cristina mutters this line first to Meredith when she needs an emergency contact for her appointment, and from there, it took off and has become the mantra for best friends the world over.

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