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Nora Ephron's 'When Harry Met Sally': Our Top 10 Quotes

We pay tribute to the late screenwriter

Nora Ephron's 'When Harry Met Sally': Our Top 10 Quotes
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Hollywood has gone into mourning for legendary screenwriter and director Nora Ephron, who penned such films as 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Sleepless in Seattle', after her death aged 71.

Nora Ephron is famed for her fantastic scriptwriting; from 'You've Got Mail' to 'Sleepless In Seattle', she has definitely made us fall in love with falling in love (not to mention kept Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in business).

But her number one film has to be, without a shadow of a doubt, 'When harry met Sally'. Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the film charts a twelve year friendship between a man and a woman, exploring the theory that men and women can never be "just friends" - sex always gets in the way.

In tribute of Nora Ephron and her fantastic way with words, we have selected our top ten favourite quotes from the film.

It's time for Harry to meet Sally all over again...

1. The one to use on your annoyingly optimistic friend...

Suppose nothing happens to you. Suppose you lived out your whole life and nothing happens you never meet anybody you never become anything and finally you die in one of those New York deaths which nobody notices for two weeks until the smell drifts into the hallway.

2. The one to use on your annoyingly pessimistic friend...

It's amazing, you look like a normal person but actually you're the Angel of Death.

3. The one that sums up the age-old problem...

No man can ever be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He'll always want to have sex with her.

4. The one that may not come out as well as intended...

Great! A woman friend... You know you may be the first attractive woman I have not wanted to sleep with in my entire life.

5. The one that will ensure you never sleep again...

I had my dream again, where I'm making love and the Olympic judges are watching. I've nailed the compulsories so this is it, the finals. I got a nine eight from the Canadian, a perfect ten from the American, and my mother disguised as a East German judge gave me a five six. Must've been the dismount.

6. The famous one...

I'll have what she's having.

7. The one we all want left on our voicemail...

If you're there please pick up the phone, I really want to talk to you. The fact that you're not answering leads me to believe that you're a) Not at home. b) Home, but don't want to talk to me. Or c) Home, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy. If it's either a) or c) call me back.

8. The one that sums up anyone going through a bad break-up...

I'm definitely coming down with something. Probably a twenty four hour tumour they're going around.

9. The one to use to fill the awkward silence...

You know I have a theory that Hieroglyphics are really an ancient comic strip about a character named Sphinxie.

10. The one we all want to hear...

I love that you get cold when it's seventy one 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 a 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 Years Eve. I came here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of the life to start as soon as possible.

Have we missed off your favourite 'When Harry met Sally' quote? Leave us a comment below and let us know what we're missing out on!

HINT: This is NOT the expression you want to see on the face of your recent sexual encounter

 
 

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