Notable Nora Ephron Quotes
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Without Nora Ephron there would be no When Harry Met Sally... and without When Harry Met Sally... we would be without dozens, perhaps hundreds, of notable quotes that have provided insight, optimism, honesty and most of all, comic relief to couples everywhere. Here, in memory of the great American filmmaker, director, and screenwriter, who passed away yesterday, we round up a few of our favorite quotes from Ephron's vast catalogue of film credits, which include Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Julie and Julia and of course, When Harry Met Sally...

"You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life."
Julie & Julia

"I came here tonight because 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."
When Harry Met Sally

"When you think you are attracted to someone it's just your subconscious attracted to their subconscious...subconsciously."
Sleepless in Seattle

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."
You've Got Mail

"What I'm saying is—and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form—is that men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way."
When Harry Met Sally

"What if this man is my destiny and I never meet him?"
Sleepless in Seattle

"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."
You've Got Mail

"It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk."
When Harry Met Sally

"You and I are vaches enragees."
Julie & Julia

"He asked me to take a midnight walk on the steel pier...then he held my hand. At one point I looked down and I couldn't tell which fingers were his and which were mine...and I know...magic! It was magic."
Sleepless in Seattle

"I've been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you."
When Harry Met Sally

"I knew it the first time I saw 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...magic."
Sleepless in Seattle

"A Sheldon can do your income taxes, if you need a root canal, Sheldon's your man... but humpin' and pumpin' is not Sheldon's strong suit. It's the name."
When Harry Met Sally

And one final quote from the woman herself. "My first wedding was so darling. It was a little white dress with a collar, right at the height of the whole minidress period. It came to there [she drew a line high above her knees] and it had little scallops around the bottom and it was really slim."

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—Anne-Marie Scali

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