R.I.P. Nora Ephron. The best quotes from her.

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficity disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss. ”

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”

“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. 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.”

“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”

“The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It’s followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.”

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”

“When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.”

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”

“So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

“Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.”

“My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have to potential to be the comic stories the next.”

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”

“In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind. ”

“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

“There’s a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don’t look the way they used to, and it’s not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It’s because of hair dye. In the 1950’s only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.”

“[W]hen 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.”

“I don’t think any day is worth living without thinking about what you’re going to eat next at all times.”

“Reading makes me feel I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. … Reading is bliss.”

“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.”

“If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.”

“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four.”

“I have no desire to be dominated. Honestly I don’t. And yet I find myself becoming angry when I’m not.”

“I am living in the Google years, no question of that. And there are advantages to it. When you forget something, you can whip out your iPhone and go to Google. The Senior Moment has become the Google moment, and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn’t it? By handling the obligations of the search mechanism, you almost prove you can keep up….

You can’t retrieve you life (unless you’re on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).”

“You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.”