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?)
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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