"To me, marriage is partly a religious thing and I'm not religious."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Alastair Campbell on Mignon McLaughlin
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."Alastair Campbell on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Alastair Campbell on Friedrich Nietzsche
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."Alastair Campbell on Oscar Wilde
"Don't marry the person you think you can live with marry only the individual you think you can't live without."Alastair Campbell on James C. Dobson
"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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