When Harry Met Sally Quotes

Monday, August 8 by Tracy Schooler

“When Harry Met Sally" is a witty romantic comedy and it's dialogue is often quoted by fans in everyday life. Hollywood presented Harry and Sally’s relationship in a humorous manner, but both men and women can relate to the feelings that drive the story. When the film was released in 1989, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan were two of the most popular Hollywood icons. Over twenty years later, the film still resonates with audiences. The main reason is due to the well-written dialogue, including these timeless “When Harry Met Sally” quotes.

  1. It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.” This, one of the more touching “When Harry Met Sally” quotes, by Harry Burns is a sentiment shared by many people. It can be the true test of friendship or love to be able to sit with someone and just enjoy each other’s company without feeling the need to make polite conversation.
  2. “I am not your consolation prize, Harry." Sally Albright says this during a very emotionally tense scene of the movie. It expresses her feelings about wanting to be Harry’s true love, even if she would never completely vocalize those desires. That makes this one of those “When Harry Met Sally” quotes that resonates with so many people.
  3. “The fact that you're not answering leads me to believe you're either (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), please call me back.” This is one of the more unique “When Harry Met Sally” quotes. It is from when Harry calls Sally on the phone and gets her answering machine. Nearly everyone can relate to how it feels when you wonder if someone is intentionally ignoring your call or simply not home.
  4. Harry Burns: “There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.” Sally Albright, “Which one am I?” Harry Burns, “You're the worst kind. You're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.” This exchange of dialogue is one of the “When Harry Met Sally” quotes to which nearly every man can relate. As much as they love their wives and girlfriends, it can be tough to handle all of their needs and wants in the relationship.
  5. “I’ll take what she’s having.” This simple line spoke by an unnamed older woman (Director Rob Reiner's mother) in a restaurant is likely the best known of the “When Harry Met Sally” quotes. She deadpans this line to the waiter after hearing Sally make the noise of a fake orgasm at a nearby table.
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