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Delia Ephron

  • With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child's problems will never be important enough for a television movie.

  • Someone will always tell you what you want to hear.

  • One quarter of what you buy will turn out to be mistakes.

  • [Line from Sleepless in Seattle:] It was like coming home, but not to any home I'd ever known.

  • ... writing is how I understand everything that happens. Writing is the only way I know to move on.

  • New Yorkers are born all over the country and then they come to the city and it strikes them, 'Oh, this is who I am.'

  • There is something fantastic about getting divorced. Everyone should do it to experience the extraordinary sense of freedom after being in marriage jail.

  • I'm planning to give up worrying. I want to, but I'm worried I won't be able to.

  • ... in the family I grew up in, being called boring was like being called an ax murderer.

  • ... if you are a stepparent, rush right out and get yourself a dog. Because it's very nice to have someone in the house that loves you.

  • For me, having it all — if one wants to define it at all — is the magical time when what you want and what you have match up.

  • One cannot overstate the potential for hysteria on a movie set. Everyone always acts as if making the movie is as important as eradicating malaria.

Delia Ephron, U.S. writer, humorist

(1944)