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Nora Ephron's Greatest Wisdom

  • Nora Ephron

    “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?” I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections

  • 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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