Twitter users recall celebs’ best lines with this ‘once said’ meme

'Kim there’s people that are dying.'


Alexandra Samuels

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 2, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 11:55 pm CDT

Does anyone really know where the greatest memes start? 

It appears the best internet memes come out of nowhere, as is the case with the latest Twitter craze, “[insert celebrity of choice] once said.”

Don’t know how it works? It’s simple. 

Pick your favorite celebrity or character in a TV show, book, or movie. Find their most inspirational–or hilarious–quote that’s applicable to most folks’ day-to-day lives and voilà!

“Meredith Grey once said,” one Twitter user wrote, for example.

Now, Grey said a lot of shit during the 16 (!) and counting seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. But some of her one-liners really stuck with viewers, it appears. 

A few of those lines had us in our feelings.

“You don’t get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. You left me. I’m all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke,” Twitter user @brittaniihtx responded.


Cristina Yang also said some inspiring shit.

“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun, you are,” Twitter user @feministhumor wrote.

And not every meme has to be depressing–don’t worry.

In response to a “Kelly Rowland once said” tweet, the internet recalled a time during one of her older music videos where she appeared to try to text through Excel. Classic. 

There were, of course, moments of true female empowerment. 

“I’m not Big Sean’s ex. I’m not Niall’s possible new girl. I’m Ariana Grande, and if that’s not interesting enough, don’t talk to me,” someone wrote in response to an “Ariana Grande once said” tweet.


One user recalled one of Kim Kardashian West’s most iconic lines from Keeping Up with the Kardashians

“Maybe if you had a fucking business that you were passionate about you would know what it takes to run a fucking business but you DON’T,” Twitter user @selarlene recalled.


And another recalled one of the most iconic lines said to Kardashian West on Keeping Up with the Kardashians

“Kim there’s people that are dying,” they wrote, quoting Kourtney Kardashian’s response to Kardashian West losing her diamond earring in the ocean while vacationing in Bora Bora.


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*First Published: Nov 2, 2019, 12:00 pm CDT