Julie Burchill quotes

  • The freedom that 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.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Men #Abortion #Feminism

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

    #Beauty #Running #Cute Funny

  • The terrorist attacks were a tragedy for the people who died or were injured, and for their families and friends. For the rest of us, they were a wake-up call as to what type of lunatics we are dealing with. And sleepwalking our way back into ill-sorted, dewy-eyed people personal politics is the last thing we need to set us up for the fight ahead. Come on you liberals, don't give me the morbid pleasure of saying, 'I told you so' again.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Fighting #Giving #People

  • Depression is the most extreme form of vanity.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Depression #Vanity #Form

  • The latest twist on the pampering concept is spa parties, where a group of friends take over an entire spa.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Party #Pampering #Twists

  • As a child, I wanted only two things - to be left alone to read my library books, and to get away from my provincial hometown and go to London to be a writer. And I always knew that when I got there, I wanted to make loads of money.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Children #Book #Two

  • Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a 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

    #Love #Death #Condolences

  • I won't be going to any New Year's Eve parties because I think they're naff. No one over the age of 15 should bother going to parties.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #New Year #Party #Thinking

  • One Christmas build-up tradition, however, has totally bypassed me - that of going up to town and doing a show.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Towns #Tradition #Shows

  • When I started at the Guardian, though, I couldnt think of anything we saw eye to eye on, except feminism, and even this would soon be arguable as Guardian writers queued up to drool over Eminem.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Eye #Thinking #Feminism

  • Show me a frigid woman and, nine times out of ten, I'll show you a little man.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Women #Heartless #Littles

  • If you want sex, have an affair. If you want a relationship, buy a dog.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Dog #Sex #Want

  • I don't have a spiritual bone in my body; but what I am, is religious.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Spiritual #Religious #Body

  • Graham Greene famously said that all writers need a chip of ice in their heart; Cusk can come across as the most beautiful ice palace of stalactites and stalagmites, and some people find her company, albeit by proxy, about as inviting as a long weekend in a walk-in frigidaire.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Beautiful #Heart #Weekend

  • Being a monarchist, and fawning over those 'above' you, you must naturally despise those 'below' or on the same socioeconomic level as yourself, because that is how hierarchy worship works.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Levels #Hierarchy #Worship

  • And call me a pig, but isn't it brilliantly refreshing how early the Dutch eat dinner? When they're still laying out the cutlery in achingly hip Barcelona, they're hanging the Closed sign on the restaurant doors of old Amsterdam.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Pigs #Doors #Dutch

  • My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my 'Top Ten' friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Friday #Husband #Attitude

  • It shouldn't come as any surprise that those who choose acting as a profession are phonies who live in a fantasy world. What is surprising is how many of them are blissfully unaware of it.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Acting #World #Fantasy

  • I don't really care what people tell children - when you believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, one more fib won't hurt. But I am infuriated by the growing notion, posited in some touchy-feely quarters, that all women are, or can be, beautiful.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Beautiful #Hurt #Easter

  • Women, more often than not, do things which aren't remotely relaxing but are all about preening, which is just another sort of work.
    -- Julie Burchill

  • I jest, of course; premature ***** isn't a laughing matter for anyone, except for your friends when you tell them about it on the phone the next morning. My first marriage ended because the main event was invariably over before my husband got his socks off.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Morning #Husband #Phones

  • Being a child is horrible. It is slightly better than being a tree or a piece of heavy machinery but not half as good as being a domestic cat.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Children #Cat #Tree

  • Punk was over in two years. That was the only damn good thing about it.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Years #Two #Punk

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

    #Funeral #Pageantry #Masquerade

  • 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.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Flower #Kids #Caring

  • 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

    #Car #Trying #Crossroads

  • The pictures from the first professional photo session that the young David Beckham submitted himself to are extraordinary. He has a barely suppressed smile, as though he and the cameraman are complicit in the understanding that this is not yet David Beckham we see and that there is an element of deceit in selling the photographs as such
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Understanding #Deceit #Elements

  • My favourite spectator sport is watching people who should know better searching for something (and often claiming to find it) where it never could be. Women claiming to find feminism in Islam is a good one.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sports #People #Islam

  • Prostitution reinforces all the old dumb clichés about women's sexuality; that they are not built to enjoy sex and are little more than walking masturbation aids, things to be DONE TO, things so sensually null and void that they have to be paid to indulge in fornication, that women can be had, bought, as often as not sold from one man to another. When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sex #Betrayal #War

  • Hooliganism incarnate, a walking, talking, screaming, squawking metaphor for What's Wrong With Young People Today.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Talking #People #Today

  • 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

    #Agony #Welcome #Cynicism

  • Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Writing #Hands #People

  • Now the whole dizzying and delirious range of sexual possibilities has been boiled down to that one big, boring, bulimic word. RELATIONSHIP.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Relationship #Boring #Possibility

  • When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sex #Betrayal #War

  • Transsexualism is, basically, just another, more drastic twist on the male menopause
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Twists #Males #Menopause

  • Prostitution is the supreme triumph of capitalism. When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women, for the moral tarring and feathering they give indigenous women who have had the bad luck to live in what they make their humping ground.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sex #Betrayal #War

  • When did women whose looks are not their living start conducting themselves like the simpering inmates of an Ottoman empire seraglio?
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Looks #Ottomans #Inmates

  • When actresses jump on the anti-Iraq bandwagon, they often combine down-home momism with an ignorance of Islamist intent which is truly awesome.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Home #Ignorance #Iraq

  • I'll declare my own interest right here at the start and admit that, like the vast majority of people, I find youthful looks appealing.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #People #Majority #Looks

  • It's received wisdom that the English are uniquely child-unfriendly.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Children #Unfriendly

  • I know that Brighton is famously a mixture of the seedy and the elegant, but in the summer of 2001 seediness swamped elegance hands down.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Summer #Hands #Mixtures

  • I just have a real problem with people who seek to portray fatness or thinness as moral concepts.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Real #People #Moral

  • Having 'best friends' is - at least for me - as outdated and small-minded a concept as the idea of 'Sunday best clothes.'
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sunday #Ideas #Clothes

  • I have experienced jealousy, possessiveness, verbal abuse and violence from men, but I have also experienced jealousy, possessiveness, verbal abuse and violence from women, usually when I failed to respond to their advances.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Men #Abuse #Violence

  • Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Bridges #Tourists #Amsterdam

  • I wouldn't know how to fool a man any more. My deceiving days seem so long ago.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Men #Long #Fool

  • It's very hard to imagine the phrase 'consumer society' used so cheerfully, and interpreted so enthusiastically, in England.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Phrases #England #Imagine

  • Lots of women love to accuse men of being immature when the fellow in question displays a reluctance to 'commit.'
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Men #Immature #Reluctance

  • When a man wants to relax, he will slob out and really relax. Or he will pursue a hobby - anything from building models to watching sport.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sports #Men #Relax

  • Surely being a Professional Beauty - let alone an ageing one - is one of the most insecure and doomed careers imaginable.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Insecure #Careers #Ageing

  • Some say that Cusk has no sense of humour, but expecting giggles from this writer would be akin to expecting sonnets from Benny Hill.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Would Be #Hills #Expecting

  • Rachel Cusk's books are like pop-up volumes for grown-ups, the prose springing out of the page to bop you neatly between the eyes with its insights.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Book #Eye #Bops

  • People - and I include myself - get fat because they choose pleasure over self-denial.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Self #People #Denial

  • Whenever I am sent a new book on the lively arts, the first thing I do is look for myself in the index.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Art #Book #Looks

  • I've never been nostalgic, personally or politically - if the past was so great, how come it's history?
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Past #Nostalgic

  • When I moved to Brighton from London in 1995, I was struck by what I thought of as its townliness. A town, it seemed to me, was that perfect place to live, neither city nor country, both of which like to think they are light years apart but actually have a great deal in common.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Country #Thinking #Cities

  • Gluttony and idleness are two of life's great joys, but they are not honourable.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Two #Joy #Gluttony

  • Families, generally, suck. And I say that as someone who, like my husband, had parents who proved the proverbial exception to the rule.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Husband #Parent #Proverbial

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

    #Suicide #Growing #Sanctuary

  • Covering up, so far as I can see, is often the accompaniment to far more truly shameful behaviour than stripping off.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Covering #Behaviour #Stripping

  • But just think what a boring, bread-and-milk world this would be without the boastful.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Thinking #Would Be #World

  • Blakes Hotel in South Kensington was a particular favourite of mine during what I affectionately think of as my Restless Years.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Thinking #Years #Restless

  • Mind you, I've always been a very off-message type of fat broad; one who gladly admits she reached the size she is now solely through lack of discipline and love of pleasure, and who rather despises people (except those with proven medical conditions) who pretend that it is generally otherwise.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Discipline #People #Mind

  • Big women do themselves a disservice when they attempt to become the Righteous Fat (the Righteous Thin are bad enough, all that running around and sweating, somehow believing it means anything).
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Running #Believe #Mean

  • A woman who looks like a girl and thinks like a man is the best sort, the most enjoyable to be and the most pleasurable to have and to hold.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Girl #Men #Thinking

  • It may be a cliche, but it's true - the build-up to Christmas is so much more pleasurable than the actual day itself.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Christmas #May #Cliche

  • What sort of sap doesn't know by now that picture-perfect beauty is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway?
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Mirrors #Perfect #Sap

  • Sadly, a lot of what passes for feminism these days is just moaning about men, congratulating ourselves on nothing in particular, and mocking them for being big kids while doing everything we can to keep them that way.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Kids #Men #Feminism

  • As with most liberal sexual ideas, what makes the world a better place for men invariably makes it a duller and more dangerous place for women.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Women #Ideas #World

  • Being a monarchist - saying that one small group is born more worthy of respect than another - is just as warped and strange as being a racist.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Groups #Racist #Strange

  • What men don't want, in fact what anyone who's any sort of thrill-seeking, intelligent adult doesn't want, is some crushing bore describing their emotions in real time every waking hour.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Crush #Real #Men

  • What I find most upsetting about this new all-consuming beauty culture is that the obsession with good looks, and how you can supposedly attain them, is almost entirely female-driven.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Upset #Female #Culture

  • As a precocious teen I dreamed of being Graham Greene. Well, as it turned out, I never wrote a great novel, sadly, and I never converted to Catholicism, happily, but I did do one thing he did. That is, in middle age I moved to a seaside town and got into a right barney with the local powers-that-be.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Age #Towns #Middle

  • As I get older I think, contrary to modern assumption but in line with the old Lerner and Lowe song, that it would actually benefit both them and society if - to quote Professor Higgins - a woman could be more like a man.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Song #Men #Thinking

  • As a kid, I grew to define what I didn't want my life to be like by sitting behind moaning women on the bus, hearing them bang on about their aches and pains, both real and imagined.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Pain #Real #Kids

  • A good part - and definitely the most fun part - of being a feminist is about frightening men.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Fun #Independent #Men

  • To believe that one, or even three, mates can supply all the things one needs from one's friends is as stupid as believing married couples must do everything together.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Couple #Stupid #Believe

  • These women whose antics we smirk at good-naturedly in the pap-traps put themselves out there at least partly on their beauty; they are in showbiz, and showing what they've got is part of their business as much as it is for male show-ponies from the Chippendales to George Clooney.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Males #Smirk #Ponies

  • 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.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sex #Passion #Cuddling

  • There's something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times - one thinks of those wonderful women during World War II drawing stocking seams in eyebrow pencil up the back of legs stained with gravy browning because nylons were so hard to get hold of.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Girl #Smart #War

  • The truth of the matter is, beauty is a specific thing, rare and fleeting. Some of us have it in our teens, 20s and 30s and then lose it; most of us have it not at all. And that's perfectly okay. But lying to yourself that you have it when you don't seems to me simple-minded at best and psychotic at worst.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Lying #Simple #Fleeting

  • In Barcelona, things seem so different. For example, I know that it's traditionally the least Spanish city, but you'd never know they had a monarchy, coming here as a tourist - as opposed to the U.K., where the Queen is probably the best-known animal, vegetable and/or mineral going when it comes to overseas visitors.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Queens #Animal #Cities

  • I didn't cry when I left free-booting, smash-and-grab papers that would have appeared to be far more natural homes for me and, at the risk of being vulgar, paid far better for my services.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Home #Risk #Paper

  • I believe, literally, in the God of the Old Testament, whom I understand as the Lord of the Jews and the Protestants. I'm a Christian Zionist, as well as a Christian feminist and a Christian socialist.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Christian #Believe #Feminist

  • I am firmly of the opinion that women who make a lot of effort to hang onto their looks in middle age (unless they are beauties, entertainers or prostitutes) are rather sad, as one should surely have something more substantial to recommend one by this time, such as kindness or cleverness.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Kindness #Effort #Age

  • I almost choke on my popcorn when I hear film stars, who walk on red carpets as much as the rest of us do on zebra crossings, criticising youngsters who crave fame.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Stars #Zebras #Red

  • Grooming oneself with all the crazed compulsion of an under-exercised lab rat in order to hook a rich man and obtain a lush lifestyle makes a certain (albeit seedy) sense.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Men #Order #Rats

  • In my third husband I had discovered a blissfully laid-back type who thought it nothing less than hilarious when I misread the map on the way to Wales, so it took us an extra three hours, or when I was sick in a plastic carrier bag during much of the drive back from Devon - a bag that turned out to have a hole in it.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Husband #Sick #Bags

  • Is the raggle-taggle Brangelina tribe any more bogus than that of the landlocked yummy mummy who believes that she can drop half a dozen brats and still keep a modest carbon footprint? I don't think so.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Believe #Thinking #Yummy

  • The money I pay for my cultural experiences came willingly from my own pocket - they were not the result of bread being removed from the mouths of the poor so that Miss Thing here could mince off to the circus smelling of roses.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Rose #Missing #Bread

  • The allegedly 'classy' magazines often seem to be in an endless, undeclared competition to see who can climb furthest up the fundament of Gwyneth Paltrow or Jennifer Lopez.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Competition #Magazines #Endless

  • 'Stress' was the catch-all every pamper-pedlar I spoke to used to explain why healthy women feel the need to be regularly patted, petted and preened into a state of babyish beatification.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Stress #Healthy #Needs

  • Nicole Kidman in particular seems to bring out the butt-kisser in the sassiest of hackettes, as they ceaselessly strive to portray her as some sort of cross between Mother Teresa and Marilyn Monroe.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Mother #Strive #Crosses

  • Monarchists frequently declare that without the royal family, Britain would be 'nothing.' What a woeful lack of love for one's country such statements express.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Country #Would Be #Lack Of Love

  • Make no mistake, most women are well aware that they've never had it so good; when they enter a spa or salon, it is purely a hair/nails thing, a prelude to an evening of guilt-free fun.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Fun #Mistake #Hair

  • Knowing that the 'Sex and the City' chicks now rack up almost two centuries between them, why do some of us fuss and hiss about a bit of retouching on their forthcoming film poster?
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Sex #Knowing #Cities

  • It must be said that Brighton, unlike London, makes driving seem very appealing. Instead of glowering faces and angry horns on all sides, we have the coast road in front of us and the Sussex Downs just 10 minutes behind us.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #London #Faces #Sides

  • Here in Barcelona, it's the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic who are the objects of admiration - not a bunch of half-witted monarchs.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Cities #Barcelona #Half

  • It is also interesting to note that the original supermodels are now making a comeback after being dismissed in the Nineties as being 'greedy' by a gaggle of male designers who lived like Sun Kings.
    -- Julie Burchill

    #Kings #Interesting #Sun