"Surely being a Professional Beauty - let alone an ageing one - is one of the most insecure and doomed careers imaginable."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Julie Burchill on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Julie Burchill on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Julie Burchill on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Julie Burchill on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Julie Burchill on Marilyn Monroe
"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 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."
"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."
"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?"