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Ellen Pompeo Quotes

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Ellen Pompeo quotes: Dr. Meredith Grey’s greatest content.

“The key to making progress is to recognize how to take that very first step. Then you start your journey. You hope for the best and you stick with it, day in, day out. Even if you’re tired, even if you want to walk away, you don’t. Because you are a pioneer. And nobody ever said it’d be easy.”

“So, you keep going. You don’t give up. You stand tall. You fight. You always show up to save the day.”

“You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. The expected’s just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.”

“The definition of success, I think, is different for everybody. That’s the most important thing to note. But my definition of success is happiness.”

“That’s how you get confidence―when you’re good at things. Whatever it is, just try a lot of different things. When you’re good at things, you have confidence. If you’re good at things you’ll be confident, and the more things you’re good at, the more confidence you’ll have.”

“Failure is inevitable, unavoidable. But failure should never get the last word. You have to hold on to what you want. You have to not take no for an answer, and take what’s coming to you. Never give in. Never give up. Stand up. Stand up and take it.”

“Don’t you wish you could just take it back? That thing you said? That thing you did? There’s no undo button. There’s only hoping we can learn. We can change, right? We can do better. We can’t take back what we’ve done. We can’t undo the past, ’cause the future keeps coming at us.”

“There’s an end to every storm. Once all the trees have been uprooted. Once all the houses have been ripped apart. The wind will hush. The clouds will part. The rain will stop. The sky will clear in an instant and only then, in those quiet moments after the storm, do we learn who was strong enough to survive it.”

“Every mistake and every moment is a teaching moment. I make a lot of mistakes. You just learn.”

“Sometimes reality has a way of sneaking up and biting us in the ass.”

“Change: we don’t like it, we fear it. But we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change, or we get left behind. It hurts to grow. Anybody who tells you it doesn’t, is lying. But here’s the truth: sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes, change is good. Sometimes, change is… everything.”

“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 lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”

“When we follow our hearts, when we choose not to settle, it’s funny isn’t it? A weight lifts. The sun shines a little brighter and for a brief moment at least, we find a little peace.”

“I think what makes me feel the most empowered is when I trust my gut and it pays off.”

“I would say to own your sh*t you have to be 100% honest, 100% real about your experience, and not be worried about what people think of you, which is hard. It’s hard to get that when you’re younger. There’s something about age that frees you up and you care so much less about what people think. Second, talk the talk and walk the walk. To be fair, if you need your image to get jobs or your next job, you have to be more careful about what you say. I do understand that. Three, stop trying to be perfect. You can’t feel like, ‘I have to be perfect. I have to dress perfect. I have to look perfect. I have to be on every red carpet.’ You can’t do it all, and you have to be okay with your flaws. I’m not down with this f*cking perfection, you know? I’m not trying to come off as something I’m not. Owning your sh*t is owning who you are and not trying to be anybody else.”

“We all have heroes. People we look up to. People we aspire to be, who teach us how to be greater than we are because they are greater than we are.”

“Learning about the way people process information and their emotions is hugely helpful to my work.”

“We lay hands on each other so we feel like we’re all in this together. We connect with each other. Because if we didn’t, we would all feel so, so alone.”

“When something doesn’t feel right or seem right, or you see something that isn’t right, speak up. Whether it’s your own body or your own experience, or you see someone else doing something to someone else, speak up, do not be silent. Don’t worry about what people think of you.”

“You always want to start with the positive. Come from a place of gratitude.”

“I’ve chosen to financially empower myself so that I never have to be ducking predators and chasing trophies.”

“They say the bigger your investment, the bigger your return. But you have to be willing to take a chance. You have to understand, you might lose it all. But if you take that chance, if you invest wisely, the payoff just might surprise you.”

“I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m okay asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because I’m not the most ‘relevant’ actress out there. I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a f*ckin’ skill.”

“When your face and your voice have been part of something that’s generated $3 billion for one of the biggest corporations in the world, you start to feel like, ‘Okay, maybe I do deserve a piece of this.’”

“I’ve learned to fight for myself and what I deserve, and I’ve opened up about my battle for equal pay to inspire other women to do the same.”

“My daily schedule is quite hectic, but I have to put my health first in order to be the best mom and wife I can be.”

“It is challenging. I have my days where I feel really guilty that I’ve been here every day if I have to work a lot. But I am so lucky to live in a country where a girl like me can make this kind of living, achieve her dreams and reach her goals. And I don’t think anywhere else in the world can girls have the freedom that we do here to have these amazing careers and be mothers.”

“Kids are just so open and honest, and you could get down on yourself a lot as a parent, like, ‘Oh, I’m not there enough.’ It’s easier to beat yourself up and feel guilty. But you can’t adopt a sort of victim’s attitude, you have to adopt an optimistic, can do, ‘How do I fix it?’ attitude with kids. You can’t sort of wallow in your own self-pity. ‘I should have done this, I should have done that.’ There’s no time to do that if someone’s life is in your hands.”

“I’m ambitious to spend as much time with my kids as I can. To find that balance because I do like working. I really enjoy being in the world and accomplishing things. And now my producing career is really where my ambition is.”

“I don’t believe in putting on airs. I call it like I see it.”

“You have to own it when you’re wrong. I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, and no one can expect us to be. The closest we can get is to be true and respectful to each other.”

“I’m not saving anybody’s life, I’m not a teacher, I’m not working for UNICEF. I don’t think I’m some big deal.”

“I’ve tried to keep my head down and do the best work I can, and I think it’s served me well.”

“I’ve got to keep doing it… because we’re touching lives and making a difference.”

“I feel quite a lot of pressure. I feel more comfortable with certain things now, but I’m in a real contest with myself, to keep the quality great, to keep it interesting, to stay engaged and not get complacent or bored.”

“When I walk the red carpet now, it’s so much easier… the little things don’t matter to you anymore. You’re just happy to be healthy and getting to do what you love.”

“The truth is I’m in a very blessed situation, I am so lucky.”

“So better health is a direct result of healthy relationships. You don’t need a spouse, you just need someone you can trust, you need someone you can talk to, you need someone who will celebrate your wins and grieve your losses, you need someone who can forgive you, you need someone who will show, no questions asked and walk with you through every unexpected twist and turn life throws your way.”

“Really, I don’t care if people think I’m too skinny. This is my body. If they don’t like it, screw it.”

“I want to teach my daughter the importance of exercising and eating healthy as she grows up.”

“For my daughters and all the girls who look up to me, I think it’s important to be as authentic as possible.”

“Some people believe that without history, our lives amount to nothing. At some point, we all have to choose. Do we fall back on what we know? Or, do we step forward, to something new? It’s hard not to be haunted by our past. Our history is what shapes us, what guides us. Our history resurfaces. Time, after time, after time. So we have to remember. Sometimes, the most important history, is the history we’re making today.”

“Who gets to determine when the old ends, and the new begins? It’s not a day on a calendar, not a birthday, not a new year. It’s an event. Big or small. Something that changes us. Ideally, it gives us hope. A new way of living and looking at the world. Letting go of old habits, old memories. What’s important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning. But it’s also important to remember that amid all the crap are a few things really worth holding on to.”

“Time waits for no man. Time heals all wounds. All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.”

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