Meredith Grey (narration): There's a saying we hear a lot around hospitals... that goes like this... "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." It didn't work. But I doubt the person who coined it ever went through major surgery. It didn't work. Or maybe they didn't mean physical pain. Maybe they meant the other kind... the worse kind. Maybe they meant the kind of searing, seething, boiling pain that tells you you're a failure and a fraud. "Suffering is optional." That person didn't know what the f... they were talking about.
Arizona Robbins (to Teddy): Callie left me, and she went to New York, and she took Sofia, and I managed to find love again, but then she got fired, and I've been meaning to call you forever, and I'm so sorry. Did I ghost you? 'Cause I'm... I'm... I'm so sorry. I'm a terrible friend, and I'm so glad you're here!
Meredith Grey (narration): The painful irony for doctors is that we often have to make you sicker in order to heal you. If a bone is healed unevenly, we have to re-break it. If a scar is too thick, we have to scrape it off and create a new wound. We break you down to re-build you. We go to medical school because we want to learn how to fix what's broken. But we quickly learn that we often have to make things worse before we can make them better. It's risky and it's frightening for surgeons and for patients, but usually, it's worth it. You get a second chance at life, and we get to be the architects of your second chance. It's win-win. When it works.
Stephanie Edwards (to Dr. Webber): I've spent my whole life in hospitals. My whole life, and... I... I think I need to see everything that's not the inside of a hospital. I need to travel and... and explore and... and hike and... and breathe... and breathe... Breathe... real air. So deep. I want to breathe it all in. Away from the monitors and the blood and the... and the sterile gowns, away from saving other people's lives. I want my own. It's time... It's time I live my own. You changed my life, Dr. Webber. You have. You... You taught me how... You taught me how to take my past and find my path. Thank you. Thank you. I think I found it. Which means I quit.