Nora Ephron

Nora
Ephron
1941
2012

American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, Author and Blogger, 3-time Nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplays for films "Silkwood", "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle"

Author Quotes

The image of the journalist as wallflower at the orgy has been replaced by the journalist as the life of the party.

We all look good for our age. Except for our necks.

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.

You gotta learn to laugh; it's the way to true love.

I don?t have much of a routine. I go through periods where I work a great deal at all hours of the day whenever I am around a typewriter, and then I go through spells where I don?t do anything. I just sort of have lunch?all day. I never have been able to stick to a schedule. I work when there is something due or when I am really excited about a piece.

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.

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

My mother didn?t serve Yorkshire pudding, although there is a recipe for it on page 61 of ?The Gourmet Cookbook.? My mother served potato pancakes instead. I serve Yorkshire pudding and potato pancakes. Why not? You live once.

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

The major concrete achievement of the women's movement of the 1970's was the Dutch treat.

We have a game we play when we?re waiting for tables in restaurants, where you have to write the five things that describe yourself on a piece of paper. When I was your age, I would have put: ambitious, Wellesley graduate, daughter, Democrat, single. Ten years later not one of those five things turned up on my list. I was: journalist, feminist, New Yorker, divorced, funny. Today not one of those five things turns up in my list: writer, director, mother, sister, happy. Whatever those five things are for you today, they won?t make the list in ten years ? not that you still won?t be some of those things, but they won?t be the five most important things about you. This is one of the most delicious things available to women, and more particularly to women than to men, I think. It?s slightly easier for us to shift, to change our minds, to take another path.

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.

You lose close friends and discover one of the worst truths of old age: they?re irreplaceable. People who run four miles a day and eat only nuts and berries drop dead. People who drink a quart of whiskey and smoke two packs of cigarettes a day drop dead. You are suddenly in a lottery, the ultimate game of chance, and someday your luck will run out. Everybody dies. There?s nothing you can do about it. Whether or not you eat six almonds a day. Whether or not you believe in God.

I don?t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you?re going to eat next at all times.

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.

It seemed to me that the desire to get married - which, I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women - is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge - which is to be single again

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.

Sometimes I believe that love dies but hope springs eternal. Sometimes I believe that hope dies but love springs eternal. Sometimes I believe that sex plus guilt equals love, and sometimes I believe that sex plus guilt equals good sex. Sometimes I believe that love is as natural as the tides, and sometimes I believe that love is an act of will. Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it. Sometimes I believe that love is essential, and sometimes I believe that only reason love is essential is that otherwise you spend all your time looking for it.

The odd thing about this form of communication is you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many... somethings. So, thanks.

Well, at least this time I get to be a person in the story. The last time you told one of your Russian parables I was a bag of chickens.

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.

You only have a certain amount of energy, and when you spread it around, everything gets confused, and the first thing you know, you can't remember which one you've told which story to, and the next thing you know, you're moaning Oh, Morty, Morty, Morty, when what you mean is Oh, Sidney, Sidney, Sidney, and the next thing you know, you think you're in love with both of them simply because you've been raised to believe that the only polite response to I love you is I love you too, and the next thing you know, you think you're in love with only one of them, because you're too guilty to handle loving them both.

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.

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.

It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, They lived happily ever after and the following quarter-century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work.

Author Picture
First Name
Nora
Last Name
Ephron
Birth Date
1941
Death Date
2012
Bio

American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, Author and Blogger, 3-time Nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplays for films "Silkwood", "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle"