15 Life Lessons Grey's Anatomy Taught You

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"He's not the sun, you are." - Cristina Yang

1. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.


"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." - Meredith

2. Secrets don't make friends.


"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 anymore. The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control, you're not." - Meredith

3. We just aren't meant to live in solitude.


"At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody." - Meredith

4. Honesty is always the best policy.


"The truth is painful. Deep down, nobody wants to hear it, especially when it hits close to home. Sometimes we tell the truth because we need to say it out loud to really hear it for ourselves. And sometimes we tell the truth because we just can't help ourselves. And sometimes we tell them because we owe them that much." - Meredith

5. Never underestimate the beauty of being afraid.


"It's good to be scared. It means that you still have something to lose." - Richard Webber

6. Everything really does happen for a reason.

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"Just when we think we've figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find our way back to the things that matter most. The universe is funny that way; sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong." - Meredith

7. Who you were is not always who you are.


"You did a terrible thing. It doesn't mean you're a terrible person." - Miranda Bailey

8. Don't be afraid to say "I love you."


"If you love someone, you tell 'em, even if you're scared that it's not the right thing, even if you're scared that it'll cause problems, even if you're scared that it'll burn your life to the ground. You say it. You say it out loud." - Mark Sloan

9. It's okay to move on.


"I love you and I'm always gonna love you. But I don't want to love you. I wanna be happy." - Lexie Grey

10. There will always be a brighter day.


"That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive. By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much." - Derek Shepherd

11. Do not sell yourself short.

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"Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You're on your own. Be on your own." - Cristina Yang

12. Don't be too quick to judge.


"You never know the biggest day of your life is going to be the biggest. The days you think are going to be the big ones, they are never as big as you make them out to be in your head. It's the regular days, the ones that start out normal. Those are the days that end up being the biggest." - Izzie Stevens

13. Never, ever give up on something that matters to you.


"We lose those battles as often as we succeed. The key, though, win or lose, is to never fail. And the only way to fail is not to fight. So fight until you can't fight anymore. Never let go. Never give up. Never run. Never surrender. Fight the good fight, you fight even when it seems inevitable you're about to go down swinging." - Amelia Shepherd

14. Seize the day.


"Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw, the game is in progress, whether we want it to be, or not. 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." - Meredith Grey

15. Stop worrying, it will all be okay.


"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 things that could, or could not 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 as you are." - Meredith Grey