Nora Ephron

(1941-2012 / New York City, New York)

Nora Ephron Quotes

  • ''If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.''
    Nora Ephron (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman, 1994.
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  • ''Washington is a city of locker-room boys, and all the old, outmoded notions apply: men and women are ushered to separate rooms after dinner, sex is dirty, and they are still serving onion-soup dip.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 15 (1973). A dip made of sour cream and Lipton's onion soup mix was popular, though sneered at by gourmets, beginning sometime in the 1950s or sixties.
  • ''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."''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 7 (1972). On the feminist medical self-help movement. "Happiness is a warm puppy" was an earlier saying, originating with Charles Schulz, Peanuts cartoonist.
  • ''Consciousness-raising is at the very least supposed to bring about an intimacy, but what it seems instead to bring about are the trappings of intimacy, the illusion of intimacy, a semblance of intimacy.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 10 (1973). Remembering her early-1970s, ostensibly feminist, "consciousness-raising" group. These all-women groups were popular among women of that period who were trying to reconcile their personal lives with new feminist critiques of society and family, and to establish the camaraderie of a true "sisterhood." Ephron was critical of their tendency, in her experience, to break down into the same particularized, superficial discussions of men and family that had characterized pre-feminist "coffee klatsches."
  • ''The women's liberation movement at this point in history makes the American Communist Party of the 1930s look like a monolith.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 5 (1972). On differences among women that acted as political divisions—e.g., differences in sexual orientation, marital status, employment and looks.
  • ''[Wellesley College] is about as meaningful to the educational process in America as a perfume factory is to the national economy.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 5 (1972). Of the elite New England women's college which was her alma mater.
  • ''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 (b. 1941), U.S. author, journalist. Harry (Billy Crystal) to Sally (Meg Ryan), in the film When Harry Met Sally, screenplay by Ephron, directed by Rob Reiner (1989).
  • ''... when I finish reading People, I always feel that I have just spent four days in Los Angeles. Women's Wear Daily at least makes me feel dirty; People makes me feel that I haven't read or learned or seen anything at all.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 2 (1978). Written in 1975. People consisted of very slight, heavily photo-illustrated stories about celebrities ranging from performing arts stars to notorious criminals and other "people in the news." The stories often focused on their personal lives.
  • ''I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 10 (1978). Written in 1976, with reference to a book publisher.
  • ''I stopped reading movie magazines in the beauty parlor a couple of years ago because I could not accommodate any more information about something called the Lennon Sisters.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 2 (1978). Written in 1975. The Lennon Sisters comprised a pleasant, wholesome, bland singing quartet of attractive teenaged sisters. Although they were television personalities, not movie stars, photographs of them and repetitious stories about them were once fan magazine staples.

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