The passing of Nora Ephronat the age of 71 has evoked a slew of remembrances for the late writer and director.
It also has stirred up some of the more trenchant pieces of dialogue from a three-decade film career in which she was credited on hits such as “Heartburn,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia.” Here is a small sampling of some of the choicer bits, and a poll where you can weigh in on which Ephron movie has the sharpest dialogue.
“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.” — David Hyde Pierce to Meg Ryan in “Sleepless in Seattle”
“I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out.” — Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”
“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don't know what the hell they're doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self. — Tom Hanks in “You’ve Got Mail”