25 Nora Ephron Quotes That You Should Absolutely Memorize

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It is no secret that I admire Nora Ephron and all her work.

That's why finding some of the best Nora Ephron quotes was an easy feat. From her numerous novels to screenplays to interviews, she shared some insightful and hilarious commentary over the course of her life. Although we lost her in 2012 her words live on.

So if you're in a funk, contemplating a career change, or having a hard time in a relationship, let Nora help you through it with some iconic quotes from the writer herself.

Nora Ephron Quotes

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

  • "Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real."

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

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

  • "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."

  • "I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."

  • "In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind."

The Best Nora Ephron Quotes

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

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

  • "Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be."

  • "Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. ... Reading is bliss."

  • "The hardest thing about writing is writing."

  • "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."

  • "I can make a case that I regret nothing. After all, most of my mistakes turned out to be things I survived, or turned into funny stories, or, on occasion, even made money from."

  • "Writers are cannibals. They really are. They are predators, and if you are friends with them, and if you say anything funny at dinner, or if anything good happens to you, you are in big trouble."

  • "The next starts to go at 43, and that's that."

  • "Everything matches black, especially black."

Nora Ephron Quotes

  • "Love is homesickness."

  • "You should try to relax about having people over. I have friends who are nervous hostesses, and it just contaminates the entire mood of the evening. They are always rushing from the room to check things and have a wild look in their eyes when they return from the kitchen."

  • "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you."

  • "Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death."

  • "I am led to the proposition that there is no fiction or nonfiction as we commonly understand the distinction; there is only narrative."

  • "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you."

  • "I have spent a great deal of my life discovering that my ambitions and fantasies - which I once thought of as totally unique - turn out to be clich├ęs."

  • "In fact, looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about fifty years old."

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