16 Nora Ephron Quotes That Taught Us How To Love

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"I'll have what she's having."

Whether or not you're a fan of classic '90s rom-coms, chances are you have quoted this line before. The classic When Harry Met Sally one-liner — delivered in perfect deadpan by Estelle Reiner — is classic Nora Ephron: sharp, pithy, and just the right amount of sweet.

May 19 would have been Ephron's 75th birthday. Born in New York City in 1941, she was described by some as "Dorothy Parker, only smarter and funnier."

Throughout her prolific career, she wore many hats: journalist, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, director, producer and essayist. She gave us such gems as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia, and When Harry Met Sally, and managed to convince an entire generation that Tom Hanks could be a credible hot-dad love interest.

But mostly, she provided us with a vocabulary to describe feelings in a way that is neither too corny, too mushy, or too feeling-y. It's just right.

Ephron died of pneumonia, a complication brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, on June 26, 2012. But as long as her words are still with us, she'll never truly be gone.
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“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve."
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"I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you."
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“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I’d ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”
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“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.”
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