Nora Ephron’s Best Quotes and Film Clips

Nora Ephron, the writer and director, died on June 26. Here's a sampling of her best work.

On Tuesday, the warm and witty writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away at age 71 of leukemia. Born in a time when women weren’t expected to sit in the director’s chair, she inspired countless other women artists, including Girls creator Lena Dunham, who wrote a lovely tribute to Nora for the New Yorker. Though she may be gone, her work will continue to inspire us long into the future. Here’s a look at some of the best moments from her books and movies.

“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.”— Harry, When Harry Met Sally

“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

A lovely conversation between Julia Child and her husband Paul about her life’s ambition in Julie and Julia.


Parenting meant that whether or not your children understood you, your obligation was to understand them; understanding was the key to everything. If your children believed you understood them, or at least tried to understand them, they wouldn’t hate you when they became adolescents; what’s more, they would grow up to be happy, well-adjusted adults who would never have to squander their money (or, far more likely, yours) on psychoanalysis or whatever fashion in self-improvement had come along to take its place.
–  “I Feel Bad About My Neck”

The beautiful reunion sequence in the clever romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail (from back when everyone still used AOL).


“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”— ‘96 Wellesley commencement address