"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Julie Burchill on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Julie Burchill on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Julie Burchill on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Julie Burchill on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Julie Burchill on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."
"Surely being a Professional Beauty - let alone an ageing one - is one of the most insecure and doomed careers imaginable."
"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."
"What sort of sap doesn't know by now that picture-perfect beauty is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway?"