You always give credit where credit is due - to high school coaches college coaches - but my dad the foundation that he built with me is where all of this came from. The speed the determination the mindset just the natural belief that you can do anything you put your mind to it all comes from my dad.
A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
I like to go to parties where I know everyone. How are you going to have fun with people you don't know?
Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.
I have no way of knowing how people really feel but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back.
We were taking collections for people with AIDS in New York around Easter.
Most people outside of America won't get it. It's the Easter bunny. It's another lie and I don't understand why we had to invent this character.
Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
In our racist sexist society Christmas is the 8 hours when we stop killing each other and gratutious over eating is encouraged so that the starving and other people in the world can die!
I don't want to see people decorating a house or digging a garden. As for guys like Jonathan Ross he got an award there last Christmas. What for? He doesn't sing dance or tell jokes does he?
In fact I was one of the few trusted people that Lucy allowed to play with their kids. I spent time at their summer home rode horses at their ranch and swam at their beach house. I even spent a Christmas with them at Palm Springs one year.
There are very few people who have done more than one Christmas album.
People have nannies and big cars and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved people get ruthless.
So many people release albums before Christmas and they get lost in the Christmas rush.
I think the people who are making Christmas-themed movies today feel that people are more cynical about Christmas. There's more of an edge.
It always depresses me when people moan about how commercial Christmas is. I love everything about it. The tradition of having this great big feast slap bang in the middle of winter is an essential thing to look forward to at the end of the year.
It is never too late to get into tennis! While I started playing at the age of 8 when my parents gave me a tennis racquet for Christmas tennis is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of almost any age. It's also something you never forget once you learn.
And of course there's so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it's obviously useful through the season. There are so many people songwriters who are around.
I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It's blasphemy.
You can't allow the forces of political correction to shut you up. I mean why are people afraid to say 'Merry Christmas?' Give me a break. If people don't like it yeah they can go do something else.
Making a Christmas album is looked upon by some people as the thing you do when you are heading towards retirement.
I suppose if you look back to your early childhood you accept everything people tell you and that includes a heavy dose of irrationality - you're told about tooth fairies and Father Christmas and things.
Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year.
There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.
That's the true spirit of Christmas people being helped by people other than me.