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all quotes by Nora Ephron (16)

"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."

Heartburn | january 1983

"Nothing like mashed potatoes when you're feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful."

Heartburn | january 1983

"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."

Sleepless in Seattle | june 1993

"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women."

Wellesley College commencement address | may 1996

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."

Wellesley College commencement address | 1996

"What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess."

speech | june 1996

"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."

You've Got Mail | december 1998

"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 | 2006

"Why do people write books that say it's better to be older than to be younger? It's not better. Even if you have all your marbles, you're constantly reaching for the name of the person you met the day before yesterday."

I Feel Bad About My Neck | 2006

"I think that men were allowed to write about their marriages falling apart, but you weren't quite supposed to if you were a woman. You were supposed to curl up in a ball and move to Connecticut."

Academy of Achievement | june 2007

"It is not the writing that is the catharsis. The catharsis has happened, and it in some way has moved you from the boo-hoo aspect of things to the 'Oh, and wait until I tell you this part of the story!'"

Academy of Achievement | june 2007

"For years I wrote scripts that didn't get made."

Academy of Achievement | june 2007

"Black makes your life so much simpler. Everything matches black, especially black."

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman | april 2008

"Here's what a parent is: a parent is a person who has children. Here's what's involved in being a parent: you love your children, you hang out with them from time to time, you throw balls, you read stories, you make sure they know which utensil is a fork, you teach them to say please and thank you, you see that they have an occasional haircut, and you ask if they did their homework."

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman | april 2008

"Marriages come and go but divorce is forever."

with Sara Wilson | 2010

"Almost nobody worth knowing has a happy childhood."

Salon | november 2010
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