You can say a lot of wonderful things about Grey’s Anatomy, but you can’t name a lot of characters as memorable as its protagonist, Meredith Grey. In addition to being the badass titular character in Shonda Rhime’s genre-defining series, she’s also a person who never runs out of insightful words about life, death, and everything in between.

Here are 10 of the most relatable quotes from the iconic Meredith Grey.

1. The best things don’t come free…

“If there’s just one piece of advice I can give you, it’s this. When there’s something you really want, fight for it — don’t give up no matter how hopeless it seems. And when you’ve lost hope, ask yourself if in 10 years from now you’re gonna wish you gave it just one more shot. Because the best things in life, they don’t come free.”

2. Desire leaves us heartbroken…

“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.”

3. Learn our own lessons…

“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 never trying.”

4. Curveball…

“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 the most. The universe is funny that way, sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong.”

5. Adapt or die…

“Adapt or die. As many times as we’ve heard it, the lesson doesn’t get easier. Problem is, we’re human. We want more than just to survive. We want success. We want to be the best we can be so we fight like hell to get those things. Anything else feels like death.”

6. About pain…

“Pain comes in all forms. The small twinge, a bit of soreness, the random pain. The normal pains we live with every day. 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.”

7. Another one about pain…

“Pain: You just have to ride it out, hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no solutions, no easy answers. You just breathe deep and wait for it to subside.”

8. What’s worse?

What’s worse? New wounds, which are so horribly painful, or old wounds that should have healed years ago and never did? Maybe our old wounds teach us something. They remind us where we’ve been and what we’ve overcome. They teach us lessons about what to avoid in the future. That’s what we like to think, but that’s not the way it is, is it? Some things we just have to learn over and over and over again.

9. About adulting…

“We’re adults. How did that happen, and how can we make it stop?”

10. Choose moments wisely…

“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.”

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