I always say that a successful parent is one who raises a child so that they can pay for their own psychoanalysis.
1995 In The Guardian, 26 Jun.
It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, "They lived happily ever after" and the following quarter century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are entering a third era, in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know, it just might work.Nora Ephron
Verbal ability is a highly overrated thing in a guy, and it's our pathetic need for it that gets us into so much trouble.Nora Ephron
I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.Nora Ephron
Whenever I get married, I start buying Gourmet magazine. I think of it as my own personal bride's disease.Nora Ephron
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
[Hollywood] is a very male business, and it has in vast portions of it — the whole action movie part of it might as well be the United States Army in 1943 in that the ethics of it are, you know, boot camp and action movies and guns and explosions and all the rest of it, and that – so that means that about 50% of the business is not only pretty much closed off to women, but women don’t even wanna be in it!Nora Ephron
The function of a blog is on some level to start a conversation that you're not involved in any more because you've already had your say. That thing of coming right off the news — did you see what I saw this morning, can you believe it? — has a kind of fun appeal.Nora Ephron
Plastic surgery is a way for people to buy themselves a few years before they have to truly confront what ageing is, which of course is not that your looks are falling apart, but that you are falling apart and some-day you will have fallen apart and ceased to exist.Nora Ephron
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