Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.— Nora Ephron
The most cheerful Nora Ephron quotes that will inspire your inner self
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
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.
I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
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.
Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.
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
My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
Marriages come and go, but divorce is forever.
Some people pretend to like capers, but the truth is that any dish that tastes good with capers in it tastes even better with capers not in it.
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that 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.
If you're looking for monogamy, you'd better marry a swan.
When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child's problems will never be important enough for a television movie.
Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it.
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.
In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.
I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.
The major concrete achievement of the women's movement of the 1970's was the Dutch treat.
Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six.
If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.
We have lived through the era when happiness was a warm puppy, and the era when happiness was a dry martini, and now we have come to the era when happiness is 'knowing what your uterus looks like'.
You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
The hardest thing about writing is writing.
I always say that a successful parent is one who raises a child so that they can pay for their own psychoanalysis.
I think if you're lucky enough to find a voice in whatever you do, that voice will come sneaking out no matter what.
New Orleans is one of the two most ingrown, self-obsessed little cities in the United States. (The other is San Francisco.)
I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.
Most of us live our lives devoid of cinematic moments.
It's so interesting that we think we know the rules to this game, this total hypothetical game called, "Would you," "If you had it to do over." It's not out there.
Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape.
Whenever I get married, I start buying Gourmet magazine.
Reading makes me feel I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. ... Reading is bliss.
If there is a Nora Ephron signature anything it is that there's slightly too much food. I have a friend whose mantra is: You must choose. And I believe the exact opposite: I think you should always have at least four desserts that are kind of fighting with each other.
No man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive.
He always wants to have sex with her. Sex is always out there. Friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.
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.
To state the obvious, romantic comedies have to be funny and they have to be romantic. But one of the most important things, for me anyway, is that they be about two strong people finding their way to love.
There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It's because of hair dye. In the 1950's only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.
What I love about cooking is that after a hard day, there is something comforting about the fact that if you melt butter and add flour and then hot stock, it will get thick!
One of the few advantages to not being beautiful is that one usually gets better-looking as one gets older. I am, in fact, at this very moment gaining my looks.
When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.
In fact, looking back, it seems to me that I was clueless until I was about 50-years-old.
I know that I am essentially a sort of fun-loving person who really just wants to sit around and eat pies.
So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around?
What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.
Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up.
I've just surfaced from spending several days in a state of rapture: I was reading a book... I felt alive and engaged and positively brilliant, bursting with ideas, brimming with memories of other books I've loved.
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.
Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.