RICHARD: "Men who... have gray hair are noticed less than men who... don't."
DEREK: "By who?"
RICHARD: "Well..."
PRESTON: "By the ladies?"
MARK: [coughs trying not to laugh]
DEREK: "Looks good Chief."
RICHARD: "Very natural."

MEREDITH: "The reason that I want you to have the surgery is because I have this hope, that in a year, two years or five, they're gonna have a breakthrough. They're gonna find a cure for Alzhiemer's, and you and I will have another chance. To get to know each other. You'll get a chance to know me, to see that I am not even remotely ordinary, so I wish you would have the surgery. But it's up to you Mom, it's your life."
ELLIS: "You remind me of my daughter."
RICHARD: "About an hour ago. One minute she was here, the next- I'm so sorry."
MEREDITH: "Me too."

MIRANDA: "You didn't think of maybe telling me this morning that you were planning to step down instead of sending me on this wild goose chase?"
RICHARD: "Dr. Bailey. You need those clowns to sign off on your proposal because one of them may be Chief of Surgery in a month. It's hard to imagine, for me more than anyone, but since you're not ready for the job, one of them has got to do it for the next few years."
MIRANDA: "Me?!"
RICHARD: "It's you that's going to be Chief eventually. That's who you are. But you're gonna have to get a new chair because you're too short. You have short legs. But someday you are going to be Chief of Surgery. I wasn't sending you on a wild goose chase. I was trying to get you in a habit of doing things without me."

RICHARD: "Dr. Bailey?"
MIRANDA: "My son was named after his son. I just need a moment."

GEORGE: "Why did you do the surgery once you saw that the cancer had spread?"
MIRANDA: "George."
GEORGE: "He asked you. He asked you to do it no matter what?"
RICHARD: "We have to respect our patients' wishes."
GEORGE: [to Miranda] "You said you would be straight with me. He could have lived for weeks. Months. We could have had months with him. My mom, she could have had months with him!"
RICHARD: "He wanted to fight the cancer, George."
GEORGE: "He didn't know better! You knew better! You shouldn't have done it. You shouldn't have done it."

RICHARD: "Why are you researching neurosurgeons when you and I both know that Derek's better than anybody?"
PRESTON: "I don't want Shepherd."
RICHARD: "You blame this on him? Up until now, I have not yelled. I have not yelled because you are a guy in trouble and I was supporting you. But now I am yelling!"
PRESTON: "Chief-"
RICHARD: "I am yelling very loudly! I wanna retire, Burke! I want my wife back and I passed the torch to you! I passed the torch to you and you blew it out!"
PRESTON: "I know I let you down."
RICHARD: "Burke, I'm tired. I'm tired of you men acting like boys. You let me down and if you don't let Derek fix that hand, you're letting yourself down."

RICHARD: "I've been visiting Ellis Grey. I work, I visit Ellis, that's my day. I make time for Ellis, I don't make time for Adele. Stop... helping me! Look, I miss my wife. I want her back. I don't want my marriage to be over.
ADDISON: "Richard, your marriage isn't over until you decide it is. Until you decide that the sacrifice just isn't worth it."

DEREK: "We think you're depressed."
RICHARD: "Both of you?"
DEREK & ADDISON: "Yes."
RICHARD: "Well, for the two of you to agree on something I must be damn near suicidal."

ADDISON: "Did you see that?"
RICHARD: "Hmm?"
ADDISON: "Sloan. He's using his interns to pick up his dry cleaning, and his lunch!"
RICHARD: [leaves] "I've got to do an endoscopy."

RICHARD: "Dr. Grey."
MEREDITH: "Chief!"
ELLIS: [jumps up] "Richard!"
RICHARD: "The nurse sayd she hasn't been eating."
ELLIS: "Mmm! You wonderful man!"
RICHARD: "I'm interrupting! I'll go-"
MEREDITH: "No! Chief, You stay and I'll go."

ALEX: "I just came out here to have some fun. Then the guy gets all over me about what I'm wearing. He just rubs me the wrong way."
RICHARD: "You're on a camping trip. You're supposed to be enjoying the great outdoors."
ALEX: "You know I grew up in a bar? Literally, in a bar. My dad was always doing one of two things in there. Playing music or drinking. Dude never even took me to the park. I just figured this was my chance to get out with the guys, but the one time I try-"
RICHARD: "You wanted to be a different person."

"Oh! So you're, um, that's wonderful! Man love! It's beautiful. Beautiful... My cousin's gay! So... I'm hip and Brokeback Mountain and... all of that."

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist 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 things 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. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.

Meredith

Doesn't matter how tough we are, trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home, it changes our lives, trauma messes everybody up, but maybe that's the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all of that is what keeps us moving forward. It's what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up.

Alex (narrating)