210 Cristina Yang Quotes on Life, Friendship, and More

Learn how a surgeon deals with her struggles in life, love, and work through these Cristina Yang quotes.

Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most popular medical series aired in history. And among the many leads, Cristina Yang is the most beloved character because of her ambitious and humorous personality.

Let’s look back at her most famous lines as we explore this collection. Be inspired by how she deals with betrayal, love, trauma, and many more as she lives as a surgeon.

Let’s get started.

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Best Cristina Yang Quotes

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1. “Well, we went through the scariest thing a person can go through, and we survived. So now every day’s just a gift. And now we’re all blessed. Blessed to be here, blessed to be doing what we do best, which is saving lives. Every day. One life at a time. We’re healed so that we can continue healing others.”

2. “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling, not moving, assuming the worst that can happen, or we can step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.”

3. “There comes a point where it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore. So we give up. That’s where the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.”

4. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that it only takes one person, one patient, one moment to change your life forever, to change your perspective, color your thinking.”

5. “Everything isn’t so perfectly right or perfectly wrong.”

6. “People like to say what I did was heroic, but I wasn’t. It was just a thing that I had to do. I think people like to have a hero and it makes them feel better to think that they’re in the middle of that horror that there’s someone special working medical miracles. I don’t have super special medical powers.”

7. “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks.”

8. “Being a hero has its price.”

9. “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more.”

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10. “Oh, screw beautiful. I’m brilliant. If you want to appease me, compliment my brain.”

11. “Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.”

12. “Pretty good is not enough; I wanna be great.”

13. “I don’t have a sour puss. This is just my face.”

14. “You’re on your own. Be on your own.”

15. “Being aware of your crap and actually overcoming your crap are two very different things.”

16. “I’m not a spoon. I’m a knife, and I’m going to stab you in the eyeball.”

17. “The heart is an organ. It pumps, it circulates blood, and gets clogged from time to time. It does not, however, speak. It does not have tiny little lips on it.”

18. “How am I supposed to get through the holidays without liquor?”

19. “She’s my person. If I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She’s my person.”

Powerful Cristina Yang Quotes 

20. “Don’t give up on yourself.”

21. “I won’t have time to talk to you. I’ll be too busy being better than you.”

22. “I think you’re either born simple or you’re not. I want to be the person who gets happy over finding the perfect dress. I want to be simple because no one holds a gun to the head of a simple girl.”

23. “You can cry.”

24. “Just because I’m the one who said it was time doesn’t mean this is easier for me.”

25. “Figures you go into labor in the middle of a superstorm.”

26. “There are no teams here, no buddies.” 

27. “Believe it or not, not everything I do is about competition.”

28. “Surgery or love? You have to choose!”

29. “It was an impossible decision and I stand by it.”

30. “Don’t question my medical decisions.”

31. “I know what’s being asked of me and I’m doing it.”

32. “You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind.”

33. “I’m sure it must feel as though everything is coming apart, but you can get through this.”

34. “He took something from me. He took little pieces of me. I lost myself for a long time, and I promised myself I’d never feel that way again.”

35. “Do not look for friends there, you won’t find them. None of them have the capacity to understand you, they never will.”

Cristina Yang Quotes That Show Her Unparalleled Confidence

36. “You see what you want. Do whatever it takes to get it like me.”

37. “They don’t, unless you’re me. A god.”

38. “I’d say wish me luck but I don’t need it.”

39. “You’re lucky you even get to work with me.”

40. “Some of us don’t need to practice.”

41. “I have good hands. They’re fast. They’re dextrous. They were made to throw ties, and do complex procedures. These hands were made for surgery. Today they should have been deep inside a heart saving a life. Instead, they removed a tick, and pumped a penis.”

42. “I could help but notice you have no resident on your decompressive laminectomy. Well, today’s your lucky day ‘cause I’m available.”

43. “I can do hot in my sleep. I look hot in scrubs. I’m a hot person.”

44. “If he wants to hate me, then fine. I can’t make someone stay.”

Cristina Yang Quotes on Her Life as a Surgeon

45. “It is a nightmare, the whole thing, and for all for what? Just to sign up for two years of sleep deprivation and feces? I’m so happy we’re never going to have to deal with that.”

46. “I get angry when I go without sleep.”

47. “I can’t go. We have to dance it out. That’s how we finish.”

48. “I’m done, finished, expired meat.”

49. “No, no. I can’t move. I can’t move my legs. I can’t feel anything.”

50. “Running a code can be chaotic. Sometimes the best thing you can do is know when to get out of the way.”

51. “I’m unstoppable and you got defeated by a piece of plastic covered in urine. Buck up.”

52. “You’re freaking me out and I don’t have time to be freaked out right now. Mer is a mess. Derek is a mess. You are a mess and I am in charge and I say that no one is down her.”

53. “I’m sorry. I don’t have time for games. I have to get back to the hospital.”

54. “Every GSW is different. Okay? It’s not a blueprint. It’s half instinct and half improv. And. I’m very good—for a resident, I’m very good.”

55. “Dr. Hunt you are blowing my concentration, now get out of my OR!”

56. “If you can’t give me a brilliant cardiothoracic attending who is willing to teach me, then I can’t get what I need from this hospital.”

57. “I can’t move. I need to move but I can’t. I think I may be frozen to this spot.”

58. “I played hide and seek today. I didn’t go to surgery because some 9 year old miraculously peed without blood. Okay, I can’t do this anymore.”

59. “Crap! I need surgeries and I need them now. I’ve already had 100 hours in the OR this month, and you know they keep the residents with the most hours.”

Funny Cristina Yang Quotes to Make You Laugh

60. “Should I sleep, or should I shower? I could sleep in the shower, but I’m also starving.”

61. “Somebody sedate me!”

62. “She’s mostly tubes and wires. And she looks more like a chicken than a baby. Like a featherless, beakless chicken. You want to wait until she’s cuter.”

63. “I looked back and all I could see was freakin’ sky!”

64. “Did I tell you how great your hair looks? It’s all short and um, edgy.”

65. “Mer, your boobs are exploding. Go pump.”

66. “Maybe I should kick my intern.”

67. “Please don’t cry on my ass.”

68. “Oh come on. I’m dark? I’m not the one going around choking people in their sleep.”

69. “My guy’s a freaking fossil. The last time he was in an OR, it was lit by candles.”

70. “Mer, you had me at lethal injection.”

71. “Well, he only has a shot because I’ve been benched. The playing field has been leveled. You’re all welcome.”

72. “I have to admit, kind of hope you and Derek die just a little bit. So I can raise the kid with decent priorities.”

73. “Putting a bicycle pump inside a man’s junk is not surgery. It’s punishment.”

74. Meredith: Do you think my husband is dead?

Cristina: “I don’t know, maybe. But I have PTSD so I’m not reliable!”

Cristina Yang Quotes That Highlight Her Savageness

75. “If you continue to whine about how you can’t decide which groundbreaking medical advancement to put your name on, I’ll punch you in the ear.”

76. “Good. You almost make me want to learn your name.”

77. “I’m loving the back-to-basics. It’s so valuable.”

78. “I am focused. I’d be a whole lot more focused if you weren’t standing there with your pants on fire.”

79. “You know, she’s the only one who ever gave a rat’s ass about you, and now you might have destroyed her career. You should find some skanky intern to love you because next time you’re in a burning building, no one is handing you a glass of water.”

80. “Baby steps don’t include multiple traumas.”

81. “Where do I start? Because it’s general surgery and I’m cardio. Because it’s first year and I’m fifth year.”

82. “All dressed up and no place to go.” 

83. “First-year med students. Too dumb to find the toilet.”

84. “Its small features and oversized thighs trigger a hormonal response from humans. It’s autonomic. It’s what keeps us from eating them.”

85. “Well I wouldn’t botch it like that guy did. I’d leave you with a nice stump so you could get prosthesis.”

86. “You want nice? I can be nice too. I can be nice to a dying husk.”

Straightforward Cristina Yang Quotes 

87. “Well, I’ve grown up as much as I plan to, and I don’t come around.”

88. “You sound so stupid when you say that.”

89. “Only people that never win any awards say that.”

90. “You’re the one who needs to keep his mouth shut, cabbage patch.”

91. “Are you guys the slow class?”

92. “If there is one thing that I have learned with the bombs and guns to my head and busses running down my friends, is that I am not interested in dying!”

93. “Will you stop crying!”

94. “Unbelievable. His mental status is completely intact if you don’t account for his math skills.”

95. “Oh shut up. You forced me into it!”

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96. “More money, more problems.”

97. “I’m supposed to be studying for my boards, the most important exam of my life. And instead, I’m locked in the bathroom crying over a boy.”

98. “Everyone is scared of losing their job, and so am I. But, if I can’t learn. If I can’t use my gift, then I—I guess that scares me more.”

99. “It’s hard to sleep when your job’s on the line.”

Sensual Christina Yang Quotes

100. “People have babies all over the place: taxi cabs, high school, bathrooms.”

101. “I’m glad he’s getting laid. I should be getting laid. My work suffers when I’m not. It’s bad for humanity.”

102. “How small are your balls?”

103. “Does she ever sleep with you? Did you guys have sex and it was awful? Was she awful? Were you awful and now you’re so ashamed you can’t even look at her? Was it weird? Is she a man? Oh, secret penis!”

104. “Private lessons with the Chief. Man, those daddy issues are working for you.”

105. “Wearing the vagina squad scrubs in public? We have standards, Mer.”

106. “Sex with me, however hot and excellent, could cloud your judgment.”

107. “Well, she’s gotta be on top.”

108. “I’m not wearing white. It’s sexist and vaguely racist.”

109. “No wonder you are so organized; you have virgin superpowers.”

110. “I don’t wanna hit the ball. Oh my god!”

111. Meredith: “This is a cry for help.”
Cristina: “No, this is a cry for an orgasm.”

112. “I haven’t had sex for like three days, and I think it’s giving me superpowers. Everything is bright and clear. I am solving problems.”

113. Meredith: “Are you two talking yet or just having sex?”

Cristina: “Not just sex. Hot, dirty, stand on my head sex.”

Emotional Cristina Quotes That’ll Make Your Heart Ache for Her

114. “How are you fine? How are you just completely fine? I am ruined, okay? I am dead. I am wrecked.”

115. “Owen and I—we’re split over something that hasn’t even happened and we never even split up. And you and I are not finished.”

116. “I miss my dad.”

117. “I have to finish something here. Nothing feels finished. None of it feels finished.”

118. “She doesn’t need to hear an update from me. All she wants is to make sure that I know that she’s afraid and I can’t hear that now because I am scared enough as it is. I was scared when he coded. I’m scared now that he’s stable. I’m scared walking across the lobby. I’m scared all the time.”

119. “I can’t—it’s just—he doesn’t know who he loves and if it’s not me then—I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s talk about something else.”

120. “I’m sorry your ego is so fragile that I had to stand on the sidelines of a surgery I should have been performing with you today. I have been standing on the sidelines for the past three months basically ruining my chances for chief resident. You wanted sincerity? I could have not been more sincere.”

121. “I can barely remember it. You’re whole procedure. I took a bullet out of your chest and all I can remember is bits and pieces. Bits and pieces that come back at very inconvenient times, so end of story.”

122. “You cannot help. You can’t help me!”

123. “You know what, you were there too. You were there too with your sad eyes screaming at me to save his life. Telling the guy to shoot you and not giving a crap about yourself or your pregnancy. I didn’t have a choice. And you did that. If it was anyone else on the table, if it was anyone else standing there I would have walked away.”

124. “How can he not tell me he’s Chief of Surgery? Because I didn’t have his baby?”

125. “George is dead and he’s gone and it’s supposed to you, me, and Alex and now nothing is finished. I am not finished.”

126. “I could have walked away and then I wouldn’t be here!”

127. “Nothing is happening to me. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m like, chasing after surgeries I don’t care about. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve held a heart in my hand? Since I’ve felt that, that joy—that rush? Ya know, I miss Burke. I—I miss him all day! I miss—it’s not the relationship or the sex, I miss—every day when he was here, I held hearts. And I got picked, not because of some favoritism but because it was just like—it was right! And I learned, I learned! And I felt seen. And now, you know what, I don’t know what. I spent this entire day fighting and I don’t want to do it anymore.”

Cristina Yang Quotes on Friendship

128. “We have been friends for a long time. Want to know how? By not watching each other poop.”

129. “Wait, we’ll call each other at least twice a month, and we’ll text each other all the time.”

130. “Meredith always comes back. She might need a minute to walk away, but she always comes back.”

Classic Cristina Yang Quotes to Remind You of the Series

131. “Can you stop screwing my husband?”

132. “I am laughing, just not externally.”

133. “Wanna get some crack cocaine?”

134. “Can’t you go to the Chief and use your dead mommy connections to get some answers?”

135. “Cross my heart, hope to die.”

136. “I hate his face.”

137. “All great surgeons are sharks.”

138. “I drank my pee.”

139. Meredith: Can’t you just give your sex friend more sex so he doesn’t fire your old man friend?

Cristina: “I’m not a prostitute!”

140. “I can’t talk right now. I’m trying to save your guy. Now please go try save mine. Remind me to thank you later.”

141. “I’m godmother? What do I have to do? Talk god to the fierce? ‘Cause I’m not gonna do that.”

142. “I didn’t like teenage girls when I was a teenage girl.”

143. “Hey, where’s the knife guy? Is it true he’s walking and talking?”

144. “I guess when you save someone’s life you kinda want it not to suck.”

145. Cristina: “She’s hot, right?”
Meredith: “Have you given up on men?”

Cristina Yang Quotes That Talk About Love and Relationships

146. “Punch him and take back the girl.”

147. “I hate men their stupid.”

148. “I think it would be easier if it was someone you had fallen in love with.”

149. “Do you even know how much I love you?”

150. “Are you in love? Do you love her? Do you love her?”

151. “Well, ’cause men leave wadded toothpaste in the sink, and, when you have your own sink, you don’t have to look at it. All dried and congealed and filled with their fossilized oral bacteria.”

152. “Would you love me if I wasn’t a surgeon?”

153. “No, it’s not! You and McDreamy are in a relationship.”

154. “Whatever, you love her.”

Short Cristina Yang Quotes

155. “What’s the point? What’s the point of anything?”

156. “I can’t be in here. I can’t. I can’t feel anything.”

157. “I choose potato chips.”

158. “It’s like candy, but with blood. Which is so much better!”

159. “Is ‘I told you so’ inappropriate?”

160. “You’re a shark.”

161. “I gotta go. You stay here.”

162. “Don’t ever apologize. Sharks never apologize.”

163. “Are you offering service to me?”

164. “This is not easy for me.”

165. “He’s a unicorn.”

166. “Why are you interrogating me?”

167. “According to Google, you don’t exist.”

168. “I can be hardcore into anything you want.”

Cristina Yang Quotes on Liquor, Parties, and Having Fun

169. “I hate musicals, but I do like wine though.”

170. “I’m going to get drunk, and then I’m going to order a three-course meal where each course is made of dessert.”

171. “Yes, but I need to warn you that this is my fourth martini and my judgment is severely impaired. Also, I’m a real easy lay right now.”

172. “There isn’t one. There’s a margarita decorating station.”

Cristina Yang Quotes About Babies and Having a Family

173. “I don’t want to be a mother.”

174. “I wasn’t mugged by a baby, I just don’t want kids!”

175. “I have a right as your wife to know what you did.”

176. “I wish I wanted a kid, I wish I wanted one so bad.”

177. “Babies come out. People poop on the table.”

178. “I will not be taking care of children. That’s what boarding schools are for.”

Noteworthy Cristina Yang Quotes You’ll Love

179. “We were in a plane crash. Plane crashed!”

180. “She’s doing her pee dance. She does that when she has to pee.”

181. “Please don’t hate me, I’m begging you.”

182. “I like you bitter and pissed off. You’re almost like a normal person now.”

183. “If you are here for the party then you are way too early.”

184. “I wish you could see the surgery I am watching. It is a train wreck.”

185. “Okay, you think peeing is exhausting. Wait ’til you have a muling, poo-covered infant hanging off of your boobs 24/7.”

186. “Take care of him. And Alex, take care of Alex. He needs to be mocked at least once a day, or he’ll be insufferable. Don’t get on any tiny little planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it or offer your life to a gunman. Don’t do that. Don’t be a hero. You’re my person. I need you alive. You make me brave. Okay, now we dance it out.”

187. “Can your mind be blown on your own time?”

188. “I am so grateful you’re not trying to knock me up.”

189. “You can’t repair the mamba without moving with the mambo.”

190. “You made me a better doctor tonight, Dr. Webber. Thank you.”

191. “Oh My God! You haven’t told her, you haven’t told her yet!?”

192. “Dr. Altman, I would like to apologize. I am sorry for going over your head and putting you in a difficult position during Callie’s surgery. I am sorry. I apologize.”

193. “Was his world made whole because your womb is not empty and dry? Did he cry like a bitch baby?”

Cristina Yang Quotes That Show How She Cares for Her Patients

194. “If your mom dies, you’ll feel a lot of things. First, you’ll feel like, uh, you could have done more to help her, but it’s not true. You did everything you could. You won’t feel that way, but remember me telling you this. You did everything you could. And it’ll hurt every time you think of her, but over time, it will hurt less and less, and eventually, you’ll remember her, and—It’ll only hurt a little.”

195. “Why would you want to put yourself through this again?”

196. “Please, trust me. I was trying to protect you.”

197. “If anything is wrong with your baby, I will fix it.”

198. “Do you know who you are? Do you know what’s happened to you? Do you want to live this way?”

199. “He may be a drunk deadbeat, but he gave you the ultimate gift.”

More Cristina Yang Quotes

200. “It’s like when we were interns. This is so much fun! Stealing surgeries, playing dirty.”

201. “I don’t know, they fired her. Maybe she’s putting anthrax in Karev’s locker.”

202. “When we’re done here, can you braid my hair?”

203. “Considering your age, that’s saying something.”

204. “Switzerland. It’s very neutral there, and they make very nice watches.”

205. “Johns Hopkins wants you? Not Hopkins Refrigerator School, right?”

206. “Don’t let Owen get all dark and twisty.”

207. “Derek watches Zola put applesauce in her ear and he’s enchanted.”

208. “There’s no way she’s 20. She’s gotta be like 26, 27.”

209. “I don’t understand how this keeps happening!”

210. “You know what, she’s my patient. I don’t care if you’re her husband.”

What Will It Take for You to Realize Your Worth?

Having a splendid profession does not always equate to contentment and happiness. Just like others, doctors also experience the ups and downs of life.

But, Cristina Yang still faced everything with confidence despite the hardships and failures that hurdled her. Through her, we learn that sacrifices and losses are necessary to make us stronger and better. 

We hope this collection was able to push you to view life positively amidst the negativity. Be brave because you are not alone in this journey.

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