The Best Nora Ephron quotes

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Nora Ephron was a filmmaker, journalist, and author who is best known for her romantic comedy films. She started her career as a journalist, writing for magazines such as Esquire and The New York Times. In the late 1970s, she moved into screenwriting and filmmaking, directing and producing films such as Silkwood (1983) and When Harry Met Sally… (1989). Ephron was also a prolific writer, publishing essays and novels including Heartburn (1983) and I Feel Bad About My Neck (2006). Her work often explored the challenges of being a woman in the workplace and in relationships. Ephron remained active until her death in 2012 at the age of 71.

Here are the most inspiring Love, Food, Time, Writing, Life quotes from Nora Ephron, and much more.


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About Nora Ephron

birth of the author

May 19, 1941

death of the author

June 26, 2012

education of the author

Wellesley College

occupation of the author

Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Playwright, Author And More.

date of the author

Years Active:

award of the author

Bafta Award


Love is homesickness. — Nora Ephron

In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind. — Nora Ephron

Death is a sniper. It strikes people you love, people you like, people you know–it’s everywhere. You could be next. But then you turn out not to be. But then again, you could be. — Nora Ephron

People always say that once it goes away you forget the pain. It’s a cliche of childbirth. You forget the pain. I don;t happen to agree. I remember the pain. What you really forget is love. — Nora Ephron

love is homesickness Nora Ephron quote

You fall in love with someone, and part of what you love about him are the differences between you; and then you get married and the differences start to drive you crazy. — Nora Ephron

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

He loved Thelma, Jonathan said, he had never loved anyone but Thelma, he had loved Thelma for nineteen years and would always love her even though Thelma didn’t give a rat’s ass about him and never had. — Nora Ephron

Everyone loves fried chicken, Don’t ever make it. Ever. Buy it from a place that makes good fried chicken. — 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. — Nora Ephron

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

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. — Nora Ephron

What will happen to sex after liberation? Frankly, I don’t know. It is a great mystery to all of us. — Nora Ephron


I feel really bad for people who aren’t insane over food. — Nora Ephron

I grew up with fantastic Southern food. In Southern California. — Nora Ephron

i feel really bad for people who aren t insane over food Nora Ephron quote

The truth is that most marriages have food as a major player in them, and certainly mine does. — Nora Ephron

All I do when I write scripts is think about food: ‘Have I worked long enough to justify a walk to the kitchen?’ — Nora Ephron

You can never have too much butter. — Nora Ephron


The hardest thing about writing is writing. — Nora Ephron

You don’t really have to believe what you write in a blog for more than the moment when you’re writing it. You don’t bring the same solemnity that you would bring to an actual essay. — Nora Ephron

the hardest thing about writing is writing Nora Ephron quote

One of the best things about directing movies, as opposed to merely writing them, is that there’s no confusion about who’s to blame: You are. — Nora Ephron

Redundant Thematics

In Nora Ephron Statements


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. — Nora Ephron

You get to be a certain age and you start reading stuff about the age you are, and you think, what is wrong with these people who are writing these books? Do they not have necks? — Nora Ephron

Writing is what I do. It’s like breathing to me at a certain point, but if I couldn’t write, I do like cooking. — Nora Ephron


Above all, be the heroine of your own life, not the victim. — Nora Ephron

above all be the heroine of your own life not the victim Nora Ephron quote

Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life–well, valuable, but small–and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? — Nora Ephron

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. — Nora Ephron

Denial has been a way of life for me for many years. I actually believe in denial. — Nora Ephron

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

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


My parents had drinks and there were crudit s for us–although they were not called crudit s at the time, they were called carrots and celery. — Nora Ephron

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. — Nora Ephron

The truth is, most of the genuinely tragic episodes of lost food are things that are somewhat outside the reach of the home cook, even a home cook like me who has been known to overreach from time to time. — Nora Ephron

Your hair doesn’t need to be washed every day any more than your black pants have to be dry–cleaned every time you wear them. — Nora Ephron

NORA EPHRON Quotes Take Away

Nora Ephron was an accomplished writer, director and producer who left behind a legacy of wisdom and inspiration. In her words, “Everything is copy. What she meant is that we can learn from our mistakes, experiences and interactions with others to create something meaningful. That’s the power of creativity – it takes what we have and makes it into something better. At Thinkific, we believe in the transformative power of education. We hope you’ll join us on this journey to become your best self. If you need help getting started, check out our courses . They offer step-by-step instructions on how to achieve your goals and live a life you love.

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