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Julie Burchill

  • The freedom women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion: things to make life easier for men, in fact.

  • Fame is no sanctuary from the passing of youth. Suicide is much easier and more acceptable in Hollywood than growing old gracefully.

  • Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • The London Independent ()
  • The 'g' is silent — the only thing about her that is.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • on Camille Paglia, in The Spectator ()
  • Feminism seeks to turn the biggest, bloodiest carnivore in the world — passion — into a right-on cud-chewing vegan. It can never work. Sex was never meant to be that way. Sex, on the whole, was meant to be short, nasty and brutish. If what you want is cuddling, you should buy a puppy.

  • Now the whole dizzying range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word: relationship.

  • It has been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it's not, it's a visa, and it runs out fast.

  • [On Princess Diana:] Now, at last, this sad, glittering century has an image worthy of it: a wandering, wondering girl, a silly Sloane turned secular saint, coming home in her coffin to RAF Northolt like the good soldier she was.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • in The Guardian ()
  • The Age of Diana has not ended but has rather just begun. Frozen forever at the height of her beauty, compassion and power by death, she will be the mourner at every royal wedding and the blushing bride at every Coronation.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • Diana
    • ()
  • A wedding is a funeral which masquerades as a feast. And the greater the pageantry, the deeper the savagery.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • Diana
    • ()
  • A cynic should never marry an idealist. For the cynic, marriage represents the welcome end of romantic life, with all its agony and ecstasy. But for the idealist, it is only the beginning.

    • Julie Burchill,
    • Diana
    • ()
  • It seems that one moment I was this little kid only caring about animals and flowers and stuff, and then the next minute I was this raging stew of hormones. I don't know if you've ever been a raging stew of anything, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it.

  • ... I feel I'm trying to get this really crap car going, and it just keeps stalling on me. And then other times I feel like my life's a train thundering toward me, and I'm in a car stuck on the crossroads and can't get out. Isn't it great being young!

Julie Burchill, English writer, journalist

(1959)