Wednesday Wisdom – 2×07 ‘Something to Talk About’
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Wednesday Wisdom – 2×07 ‘Something to Talk About’

“Communication: it’s the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words, and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say, or, how to ask for what we really need.”

“At the end of the day, there are some things you just can’t help but talk about. Some things, we just don’t want to hear. And some things, we say because we can’t be silent any longer. Some things are more than what you say; they’re what you do. Some things you say because there’s no other choice. Some things you keep to yourself. And not too often, but every now and then, some things simply speak for themselves.”

Meredith Monday – 2×06 ‘Into You Like a Train’
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Meredith Monday – 2×06 ‘Into You Like a Train’

“In general, people can be categorized in one of two ways: those who love surprises, and those who don’t. I don’t. I’ve never met a surgeon that enjoys a surprise, because as surgeons, we like to be in the know. We have to be in the know, because when we aren’t people die and lawsuits happen. Am I rambling? I think I’m rambling. Okay so, my point, actually, and I do have one, has nothing to do with surprises or death or lawsuits, or even surgeons. My point is this: whoever said ‘what you don’t know can’t hurt you’, was a complete and total moron because, for most people I know, not knowing is the worst feeling in the world. Okay fine, maybe it’s the second worst.”

“As surgeons, there are so many things we have to know. We have to know we have what it takes, we have to know how to take care of our patients, and how to take care of each other. Eventually, we even have to figure out how to take care of ourselves. As surgeons, we have to be in the know. But, as human beings, sometimes it’s better to stay in the dark, because in the dark there may be fear, but there’s also hope.”

Meredith Monday – 2×05 ‘Bring The Pain’
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Meredith Monday – 2×05 ‘Bring The 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 the 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.”

“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. Most of the time, pain can be managed. But sometimes, the pain gets you when you least expect it, hits way below the belt and doesn’t let up. Pain: you just have to fight through, because the truth is, you can’t outrun it, and life always makes more.”

Wednesday Wisdom – 2×04 ‘Deny, Deny, Deny’
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Wednesday Wisdom – 2×04 ‘Deny, Deny, Deny’

“The key to surviving a surgical internship is denial. We deny that we’re tired, we deny that we’re scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed, and most importantly, we deny that we’re in denial. We only see what we want to see, and believe what we want to believe. And it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after awhile, the lies start to seem like the truth. We deny so much, that we can’t recognize the truth right in front of our faces.”

“Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass, and when the dam bursts, all you can do is swim. The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. We are tired. We are scared. Denying it doesn’t change the truth. Sooner or later, we have to put aside our denial and face the world, head on, guns blazing. Denial: it’s not just a river in Egypt. It’s a freakin’ ocean. So how do you keep from drowning in it?”

Meredith Monday – 2×03 ‘Make Me Lose Control’
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Meredith Monday – 2×03 ‘Make Me Lose Control’

“Surgeons are control freaks. With a scalpel in your hand, you feel unstoppable. There’s no fear, there’s no pain, you’re ten feet tall and bulletproof. And then you leave the O.R, and all that perfection, all that beautiful control, just falls to crap.”

“No one likes to lose control, but as a surgeon, there’s nothing worse. It’s a sign of weakness, of not being up to the task. And still, there are times when it just gets away from you; when the world stops spinning, and you realize that your shiny little scalpel isn’t going to save you. No matter how hard you fight it, you fall, and it’s scary as hell. Except, there’s an upside to free falling: it’s the chance you give your friends to catch you.”

Meredith Monday – 2×02 ‘Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)’
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Meredith Monday – 2×02 ‘Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)’

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“I have an aunt, who, whenever she would pour anything for you, would say, “Say ‘when'”. My aunt would say, “Say ‘when'”, and of course, we never did. We don’t say ‘when’, because there’s something about the possibility of more. More tequila, more love, more anything; more is better.”

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“There’s something to be said about a glass half full; about knowing when to say ‘when’. I think it’s a floating line: a barometer of need and desire. It’s entirely up to the individual, and depends on what’s being poured. Sometimes, all we want is a taste; other times, there’s no such thing as enough: the glass is bottomless, and all we want is more.”

Meredith Monday – 2×01 ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’
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Meredith Monday – 2×01 ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’

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“To be a good surgeon, you have to think like a surgeon. Emotions are messy. Tuck them neatly away and step into a clean, sterile room, where the procedure is simple: cut, suture, and close. But sometimes, you’re faced with a cut that won’t heal; a cut that rips its stitches wide open.”

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“They say ‘practice makes perfect’. Theory is, the more you think like a surgeon, the more you become one: the better you get at remaining neutral, clinical – cut, suture, close – and the harder it becomes to turn it off – to stop thinking like a surgeon, and remember what it means to think like a human being.”

Meredith Monday – 1×09 ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’
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Meredith Monday – 1×09 ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’

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“Secrets can’t hide in science. Medicine has a way of exposing the lies. Within the walls of the hospital, the truth is stripped bare. How we keep our secrets outside the hospital – well, that’s a little different. One thing is certain. Whatever it is we’re trying to hide, we’re never ready for that moment when the truth gets naked. That’s the problem with secrets – like misery, they love company. They pile up and up until they take over everything…until you don’t have room for anything else. Until you’re so full of secrets, you feel like you’re going to burst.”

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“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 Monday – 1×08 ‘Save Me’
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Meredith Monday – 1×08 ‘Save Me’

“You know how when you were a little kid and you believed in fairy tales? That fantasy of what your life would be – white dress, Prince Charming, who’d carry you away to a castle on a hill. You’d lie in bed at night and close your eyes, and you had complete and utter faith. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Prince Charming – they were so close, you could taste them. But eventually you grow up. One day you open your eyes, and the fairy tale disappears. Most people turn to the things and people they can trust. But the thing is, it’s hard to let go of that fairy tale entirely. ‘Cause almost everyone still has that smallest bit of hope – of faith – that one day they’ll open their eyes and it will all come true.”

“At the end of the day, faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don’t really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle – well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important that it’s happy ever after…just that it’s happy right now. See, once in a while – once in a blue moon – people will surprise you. And once in a while…people may even take your breath away.”

Wednesday Wisdom – 1×07 ‘The Self-Destruct Button’
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Wednesday Wisdom – 1×07 ‘The Self-Destruct Button’

ellen pompeo in grey's anatomy s1e7“Okay, anyone who says you can sleep when you die, tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course, it’s not just the job that keeps us up all night. I mean, if life’s so hard already, why do we bring more trouble down on ourselves? What’s up with the need to hit the self-destruct button?”

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“Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we’re wired that way…because without it, I don’t know…maybe we just wouldn’t feel real. What’s that saying? ‘Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.'”