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Nora Ephron's Greatest Wisdom

Nora Ephron became one of the most revered women in the entertainment industry for her ability to create strong, complex female characters and pen snappy dialogue for romantic comedy greats like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie and Julia. While she lost her battle with blood cancer on Tuesday, she’s immortalized in the funny, poignant wisdom she’s left behind in her books and movies.  On a personal note, Nora Ephron has long been one of my favorite writers—and a woman I’ve harbored a serious girl-crush for ever since I read her book of essays Crazy Salad. As soon as I finished, I switched my major to journalism and women’s studies in a futile attempt to be her. I also have an embarrassing, incredibly vain fantasy about running into her and recruiting her as my mentor. In my delusional mind, I’m seated next to Nora on a long flight, and amazingly I’m able to say something smart and witty that doesn’t freak her out and we get to chatting and mutually realize we are a sort of kindred spirits. Unfortunately, reciting her dialogue as my well-worn VHS of When Harry Met Sally plays for the gajillionth time (no exaggeration) will have to suffice. What’s your favorite Nora Ephron quote? Check out our round-up of some of her greatest quotes and let us know in the comments. (Also, do you have a role model you’re dying to meet in real life too?)
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When Harry Met Sally

"…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.” When Harry Met Sally

Nora Ephron

“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

“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.”

When Harry Met Sally

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

Nora Ephron

“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.” I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections

Julie and Julia

“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

“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.” I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Julie and Julia

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

Nora Ephron

“My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have potential to be the comic stories the next.”

Nora Ephron

“Well, I'm gonna get out of bed every morning… breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won't have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out… and, then after a while, I won't have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while." Sleepless in Seattle

Nora Ephron

“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: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

When Harry Met Sally

"…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.” When Harry Met Sally

Nora Ephron

“I married him against all evidence. I married him believing that marriage doesn't work, that love dies, that passion fades, and in so doing I became the kind of romantic only a cynic is truly capable of being.” Heartburn

Nora Ephron

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

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