I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of the life to start as soon as possible.

Twenty reasons why I love When Harry Met Sally:

20. Harry: He’s too tall to talk to.
19. Harry: Empirically, you are attractive.
18. Harry: Yeah, nothing from her not even a smile. So I down shift into small talk, and I asked her where she went to school and she said. “Michigan State”, and this reminds me of Helen. All of a sudden I’m in the middle of this mess of an anxiety attack, my heart is beating like a wild man and I start sweating like a pig.
Sally: Helen went to Michigan State?
Harry: No she went to Northwestern, but they’re both big-ten schools.
17. Lady in the restaurant: I’ll have what she’s having.
16. Harry: (On finding a new apartment) What they can do to make it easier is to combine the obituaries with the real estate section. Say, then you’d have Mr. Klein died today leaving a wife, two children, and a spacious three bedroom apartment with a wood burning fireplace.
15. Harry: What does this song mean? For my whole life I don’t know what this song means. I mean, “Should old acquaintance be forgot”. Does that mean we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happen to forget them we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot them?
Sally: Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway, it’s about old friends.
14. Sally: I hate that kind of remark. It sounds like a compliment but really it’s an insult.
13. Harry: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash… but I would be proud to partake of your pecan pieeeeee.
12. Harry: [after he has run into his ex-wife] She looked weird didn’t she? She looked really weird.
Sally: I don’t know, I’ve never seen her before.
Harry: Trust me, she looked weird. Her legs looked heavy. Really, she must retaining water.
Sally: Harry.
Harry: Believe me, the woman saved everything.
11. (Harry is now walking the empty New Years street.) Harry (Voice over): This is much better, fresh air, I have the streets all to myself. Who needs to be at a big, crowded party pretending to have a good time? Plus this is the perfect time to catch up on my window shopping.
10. Harry: The fact that you’re not answering leads me to believe that (a) You’re not home, (b) You’re home but you don’t want to talk to me, or (c) You’re home, desperately want to talk to me, but you’re trapped under something heavy. If it’s either (a) or (c), please give me a call.
9. Nobody has ever quoted me back to me before.
8. Sally on karaoke: “It’s my voice, isn’t it? You hate my voice.”
7. Harry: You realize of course that we can never be friends.
Sally: Why not?
Harry: What I’m saying is… and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form, is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.
Sally: That’s not true, I have a number of men friends and there’s is no sex involved.
Harry: No you don’t.
Sally: Yes I do.
Harry: No you don’t.
Sally: Yes I do.
Harry: You only think you do.
Sally: You’re saying I’m having sex with these men without my knowledge?
Harry: No, what I’m saying is they all want to have sex with you.
Sally: They do not.
Harry: Do too.
Sally: They do not.
Harry: Do too.
Sally: How do you know?
Harry: Because no man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive, he always wants to have sex with her.
Sally: So you’re saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive.
Harry: Nuh, you pretty much wanna nail’em too.
Sally: What if they don’t want to have sex with you?
Harry: Doesn’t matter, because the sex thing is already out there so the friendship is ultimately doomed and that is the end of the story.
Sally: Well I guess we’re not going to be friends then.
Harry: Guess not.
Sally: That’s too bad. You were the only person I knew in New York.
6. Harry: Jess, Sally is a great orderer. Not only does she always pick the best thing in the menu but she orders it in a way that the chef didn’t even know how good it could be.
5. Sally: All this time I’ve been saying that he didn’t want to get married, but the truth is, he didn’t want to marry me. He didn’t love me.
Harry: If you could take him back right now, would you?
Sally: No, but why didn’t he want to marry me? What’s the matter with me?
Harry: Aw, nothing.
Sally: I’m difficult.
Harry: You’re challenging.
Sally: I’m too structured, I’m completely closed off.
Harry: But in a good way.
4. Sally: And I’m going to be 40!
Harry: When?
Sally: Someday.
3. Sally: The story of my life isn’t even going to get us out of Chicago I mean nothing’s happened to me yet. That’s why I’m going to New York.
Harry: So something can happen to you?
Sally: Yes.
Harry: Like what?
Sally: I can go into journalism school to become a reporter.
Harry: So you can write about things that happen to other people.
Sally: That’s one way to look at it.
2. Harry: There are two kinds of women. High maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally: And Ingrid Bergman is low maintenance?
Harry: Definitely.
Sally: Which one am I?
Harry: You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.
Sally: I don’t see that.
Harry: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the Balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the Salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce, on the side. On the side is a very big thing for you.
Sally: Well I just want it the way I want it.
Harry: I know. High maintenance.
1. Harry: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. And the thing is, I love you.
Sally: What?
Harry: I love you.
Sally: How do you expect me to respond to this?
Harry: How about you love me too?
Sally: How about “I’m leaving”!
Harry: Doesn’t what I said mean anything to you?
Sally: I’m sorry, Harry, I know it’s New Years Eve, I know you’re feeling lonely, but you just can’t show up here, tell me you love me and expect that to make everything alright. It doesn’t work this way.
Harry: Well, how does it work?
Sally: I don’t know, but not this way.
Harry: Well, how about this way? 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 realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of the life to start as soon as possible.


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3 Responses to I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of the life to start as soon as possible.

  1. mb

    For no other reason than the quotes above, I so need to own this movie.

  2. Adam

    When Harry Met Sally is my 2nd favorite movie of all time … Big is #1, so it’s not a bad place to be =)

  3. summer

    I see the movie many more times than others before…it’s not just my favorite movie to me. it’s always a reminder of i was in love, the very time of my life.

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