45 Motivational Nora Ephron Quotes For Success In Life

Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker. She is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing: for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle. This Nora Ephron quotes will motivate you.

Best Nora Ephron Quotes

  1. 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. ~ Nora Ephron
  2. When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you. ~ Nora Ephron
  3. Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it’s your last, or do you save your money on the chance you’ll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate? ~ Nora Ephron
  4. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. ~ Nora Ephron
  5. You’re born, you die. Everything in between is subject to interpretation. ~ Nora Ephron

  6. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is an 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. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. ~ Nora Ephron
  7. Marriages come and go, but divorce is forever. ~ Nora Ephron
  8. 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. ~ Nora Ephron
  9. I think if you’re lucky enough to find a voice in whatever you do, that voice will come sneaking out no matter what. ~ Nora Ephron
  10. Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from. ~ Nora Ephron

  11. You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream. ~ Nora Ephron
  12. You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it. ~ Nora Ephron
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are. ~ Nora Ephron

  16. Insane people are always sure they’re just fine. It’s only the sane people who are willing to admit they’re crazy. ~ Nora Ephron
  17. I don’t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you’re going to eat next at all times.
  18. Most directors, I discovered, need to be convinced that the screenplay they’re going to direct has something to do with them. And this is a tricky thing if you write screenplays where women have parts that are equal to or greater than the male part. And I thought, ‘Why am I out there looking for directors?’—because you look at a list of directors, it’s all boys. It certainly was when I started as a screenwriter. So I thought, ‘I’m just gonna become a director and that’ll make it easier.’ ~ Nora Ephron
  19. From the essay “Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again” 1. Journalists sometimes make things up. 2. Journalists sometimes get things wrong. 3. Almost all books that are published as memoirs were initially written as novels, and then the agent/editor said, This might work better as a memoir. 6. Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one. ~ Nora Ephron
  20. I look as young as a person can look given how old I am. ~ Nora Ephron

  21. Maybe young women don’t wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course, you can have it all. It will be a little messy but embrace the mess. It will be complicated but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands. ~ Nora Ephron
  22. 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 ~ Nora Ephron
  23. I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive. ~ Nora Ephron
  24. 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. ~ Nora Ephron
  25. In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind. ~ Nora Ephron

  26. Food is one of my favorite things. Though I certainly know lots of people who happen to be happily married who don’t have food play the role in it that it plays in my life. And I don’t know how they do it, and frankly, I feel so bad for them because I just love food and one of my favorite things is asking, “What do we want for dinner? What do we feel like eating?” That wonderful negotiation that goes on several times a week about what “we” feel like. ~ Nora Ephron
  27. “The realization that I may have only a few good years remaining has hit me with real force, and I have done a lot of thinking as a result. I would like to have come up with something
    profound, but I haven’t.” ~ Nora Ephron
  28. 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. ~ Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron quotes on friendship
  29. The hardest thing about writing is writing. ~ Nora Ephron

  30. There is something called the rapture of the deep, and it refers to what happens when a deep-sea diver spends too much time at the bottom of the ocean and can’t tell which way is up. When he surfaces, he’s liable to have a condition called the bends, where the body can’t adapt to the oxygen levels in the atmosphere. All of this happens to me when I surface from a great book. ~ Nora Ephron Quotes
  31. Vera said: ‘Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?’ So I told her why: Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it. ~ Nora Ephron
  32. 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
  33. New Orleans is one of the two most ingrown, self-obsessed little cities in the United States. (The other is San Francisco.) ~ Nora Ephron
  34. You can’t meet someone until you become what you’re becoming. ~ Nora Ephron

  35. When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different. ~ Nora Ephron
  36. 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. ~ Nora Ephron
  37. 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 1950s 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.
    If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters. ~ Nora Ephron
  38. The divorce has lasted way longer than the marriage, but finally, it’s over. Enough about that. The point is that for a long time, the fact that I was divorced was the most important thing about me. And now it’s not. ~ Nora Ephron
  39. Take notes. Everything is copy. ~ Nora Ephron
  40. 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
  41. Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ~ Nora Ephron

  42. It’s always hard to remember love – years pass and you say to yourself, was I really in love or was I just kidding myself? Was I really in love or was I just pretending he was the man of my dreams? Was I really in love or was I just desperate? ~ Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron quotes on love
  43. The Senior Moment has become the Google moment, and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn’t it? By handling the obligations of the search mechanism, you almost prove you can keep up. ~ Nora Ephron
  44. Everyone always asks, was he mad at you for writing the book? and I have to say, Yes, yes, he was. He still is. It is one of the most fascinating things to me about the whole episode: he cheated on me, and then got to behave as if he was the one who had been wronged because I wrote about it! I mean, it’s not as if I wasn’t a writer. It’s not as if I hadn’t often written about myself. I’d even written about him. What did he think was going to happen? That I would take a vow of silence for the first time in my life? ” ~ Nora Ephron
  45. I have always thought it was a terrible shame that the women’s movement didn’t realize how much easier it was to reach people by making them laugh than by shaking a fist and saying, ‘Don’t you see how oppressed you are.~ Nora Ephron

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