"May I share with you my earliest memory of a political row? It was with my mother, about the Queen - classic Freudian stuff, shrinks would say. I was eight, and refusing to watch the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Alastair Campbell on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Alastair Campbell on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Alastair Campbell on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Alastair Campbell on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Alastair Campbell on Benjamin Franklin
"My dad, Donald, was a vet and had a practice in Yorkshire. Cats and dogs were his bread and butter, but his greatest love was large animals."
"So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb."
"Failure, it is thought, is what sells, and what people want to hear and read about. I am not so sure."
"Friends have suggested that I am the least qualified person to talk about happiness, because I am often down, and sometimes profoundly depressed. But I think that's where my qualification comes from. Because to know happiness, it helps to know unhappiness."
"By asking the question 'Am I happy?,' and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question - 'Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?'"
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