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The 33 Best Nora Ephron Quotes About Life, Love And Food

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While alive, Nora Ephron was many things. An accomplished  journalist, blogger, screenwriter, playwright, producer, the list goes on and on.

Most notably, she was the creator of one of the most famous romantic comedies of a generation, When Harry Met Sally.

A little over a year since her death, the world continues to mourn one of its brightest literary talents. Below, we celebrate some of her most quotable moments both on and off the page.


The 33 Best Nora Ephron Quotes About Life, Love And Food


1) “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because 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.”

—Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally


2) “I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”

― Nora Ephron


3) “I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”



4) “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.”

― Heartburn


5) “The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.”

― Nora Ephron


6) “I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.”

— Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally


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

― Nora Ephron


8) “We all look good for our age. Except for our necks.”

—I Feel Bad About My Neck


9) “I don’t want to be someone that you’re settling for. I don’t want to be someone that anyone settles for. Marriage is hard enough without bringing such low expectations into it, isn’t it?”

—Walter from Sleepless in Seattle


10) “One of the only movies about marriage. Of course it’s also about drinking.”

—On The Thin Man, The Daily Beast


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

― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman


12) “Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”

― Nora Ephron


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

—I Feel Bad About My Neck


14) “The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self.

—Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail


15) “I don’t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you’re going to eat next at all times.”

― Nora Ephron


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16) “I have for many years been puzzled by the persistence of Hugh Hefner. Why is he still here?”

—“Why Won’t Playboy Die?” Newsweek


17) “I have to murder and dismember a crustacean.”

—Amy Adams in Julie & Julia


18) “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

― Nora Ephron


19) “You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life.”

—Paul Child to Julia, from Julie & Julia


20) “Suddenly, one day, there was this thing called parenting. Parenting was serious. Parenting was fierce. Parenting was solemn. Parenting was a participle, like going and doing and crusading and worrying.”

—“Parenting in Three Stages”


21) “Whenever I get married, I start buying Gourmet magazine.”

—Crazy Salad Plus Nine


22) “If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters. The beginning is glorious, especially if you’re lucky enough not to have morning sickness and if, like me, you’ve had small breasts all your life. Suddenly they begin to grow, and you’ve got them, you’ve really got them, breasts, darling breasts, and when you walk down the street they bounce, truly they do, they bounce bounce bounce.”



23) “When you give up your apartment in New York and move to another city, New York becomes the worst version of itself.”

—”Moving On,” The New Yorker


24) “Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together … and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I’d ever known … I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.”

—Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle


25) “Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it.”

― Nora Ephron


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

—1996 Wellesley College commencement address


27) “Beware of men who cry. It’s true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.”

― Nora Ephron


28) “My mother was a good recreational cook, but what she basically believed about cooking was that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.”



29) “Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.”

― Nora Ephron


30) “The Wonderbra is not a step forward for women. Nothing that hurts that much is a step forward for women.”

—1996 Wellesley College commencement address


31) “Reading makes me feel I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. … Reading is bliss.”

― Nora Ephron


32) “Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all.”

—1996 Wellesley College commencement address


33) ” I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.”

― Nora Ephron

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Written by Quotezine Team

Michelle Quinteros is a pop culture and lifestyle writer with a fancy degree from McMaster University. When she’s not writing for Quotezine, she can be found excessively quoting The Simpsons or binge watching Netflix.

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