Nora Ephron Quotes

Who on Earth is Nora Ephron?

Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker best known for her scripts for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.

Born May 19, 1941
Died June 26, 2012

Best 36 Quotes by Nora Ephron

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

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“Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it's your last, or do you save your money on the chance you'll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?”

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“I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.”

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“I have a theory that children remember two things: When you weren't there and when they threw up.”

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“I look as young as a person can look given how old I am.”

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“I think if you're lucky enough to find a voice in whatever you do, that voice will come sneaking out no matter what.”

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“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.”

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“In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.”

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“Insane people are always sure they're just fine. It's only the sane people who are willing to admit they're crazy.”

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“Marriages come and go, but divorce is forever.”

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“Never marry a man you wouldn't want to be divorced from.”

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“No man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her. Sex is always out there. Friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.”

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“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”

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“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

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“So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?”

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“Some people pretend to like capers, but the truth is that any dish that tastes good with capers in it tastes even better with capers not in it.”

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“Take notes. Everything is copy.”

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“The hardest thing about writing is writing.”

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“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”

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“When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.”

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“When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”

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“Why do people write books that say it's better to be older than to be younger? It's not better. Even if you have all your marbles, you're constantly reaching for the name of the person you met the day before yesterday.”

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“You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.”

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“You can always change your mind. I know: I've had four careers and three husbands.”

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“You can't meet someone until you become what you're becoming.”

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“You're born, you die. Everything in between is subject to interpretation.”

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"Heartburn" Quotes

“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

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Heartburn

“If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.”

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Heartburn

“When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different.”

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Heartburn

“You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

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Heartburn

“You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.”

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Heartburn

"I Feel Bad About My Neck" Quotes

“The amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.”

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

“When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it's your laugh.”

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I Feel Bad About My Neck

"I Remember Nothing" Quotes

“I'm very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”

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I Remember Nothing

"Sleepless in Seattle" Quotes

“When you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.”

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Sleepless in Seattle

"When Harry Met Sally" Quotes

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Nora Ephron
When Harry Met Sally