Agatha Christie Quotes

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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
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It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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Very few of us are what we seem.
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Agatha Christie (The Man in the Mist)
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The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking." "An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.
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Agatha Christie (Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8))
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An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
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Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
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You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. -The Last Seance (from The Hound of Death and Other Stories, also Double Sin and Other Stories)
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Agatha Christie (The Hound of Death and Other Stories)
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The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.
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One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
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Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.
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Agatha Christie (The Labours of Hercules (Hercule Poirot, #27))
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It is really a hard life. Men will not be nice to you if you are not good-looking, and women will not be nice to you if you are.
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Agatha Christie (The Man in the Brown Suit)
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Never tell all you knowβ€”not even to the person you know best.
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Agatha Christie (The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries, #1))
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One of the saddest things in life, is the things one remembers.
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Agatha Christie
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The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools.
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Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #2))
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In the midst of life, we are in death.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.
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Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4))
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Time is the best killer.
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Why shouldn't I hate her? She did the worst thing to me that anyone can do to anyone else. Let them believe that they're loved and wanted and then show them that it's all a sham.
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Agatha Christie (The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9))
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Poetry is not the most important thing in life... I'd much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.
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Dylan Thomas
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But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it.
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Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory---let the theory go.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.
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Agatha Christie (The Clocks (Hercule Poirot, #39))
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I know there's a proverb which that says 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.
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Agatha Christie (Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #41))
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But no artist, I now realize, can be satisfied with art alone. There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gain-said.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas.
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Agatha Christie (The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13))
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To every problem, there is a most simple solution.
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Agatha Christie (The Clocks (Hercule Poirot, #39))
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Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.
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Agatha Christie (The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6))
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A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep.
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Agatha Christie (The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6))
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It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.
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Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4))
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I don't know. I don't know at all. And that's what's frightening the life out of me. To have no idea....
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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It's like all those quiet people, when they do lose their tempers they lose them with a vengeance.
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Agatha Christie (The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13))
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I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it - often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill.
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Agatha Christie (Curtain (Hercule Poirot, #44))
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It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot
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Agatha Christie
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As a matter of fact it wouldn’t be safe to tell any man the truth about his wife! Funnily enough, I’d trust most women with the truth about their husbands. Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists.
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Agatha Christie (Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14))
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
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An appreciative listener is always stimulating.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything.
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One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
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Everybody always knows something," said Adam, "even if it's something they don't know they know.
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Agatha Christie (Cat Among the Pigeons (Hercule Poirot, #36))
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Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. [Witness for the Prosecution, also published in The Hound of Death and Other Stories.]
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Agatha Christie (The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot, #28))
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Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven. Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six. Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalise. Generalisations are seldom if ever true and are usually utterly inaccurate.
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Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #2))
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To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.
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Agatha Christie (The Seven Dials Mystery (Superintendent Battle #2))
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There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.
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Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie: An Autobiography)
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But I know human nature, my friend, and I tell you that, suddenly confronted with the possibility of being tried for murder, the most innocent person will lose his head and do the most absurd things.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood.
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Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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When you find that people are not telling you the truth---look out!
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!
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Agatha Christie
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Words are such uncertain things, they so often sound well but mean the opposite of what one thinks they do.
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Agatha Christie (Partners in Crime (Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries, #2))
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No, my friend, I am not drunk. I have just been to the dentist, and need not return for another six months! Is it not the most beautiful thought? --Poirot
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Agatha Christie (One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Hercule Poirot, #23))
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To all those who lead monotonous lives in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure. [author's dedication]
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Agatha Christie (The Secret Adversary (Tommy and Tuppence Mysteries, #1))
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At my time of life, one knows that the worst is usually true.
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Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #2))
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Love can be a very frightening thing.’ β€˜That is why most great love stories are tragedies.
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Agatha Christie (Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #18))
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Hercule Poirot: I am an imbecile. I see only half of the picture. Miss Lemon: I don't even see that.
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Sometimes I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is a method in his madness.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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You should employ your little grey cells
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Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4))
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It had come about exΒ­actΒ­ly in the way things hapΒ­pened in books.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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Many homicidal lunatics are very quiet, unassuming people. Delightful fellows.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None: A Mystery Play in Three Acts)
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Intuition is like reading a word without having to spell it out. A child can't do that because it has had so little experience. A grown-up person knows the word because they've seen it often before.
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Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #2))
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There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.
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Agatha Christie (Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #2))
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It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.
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Agatha Christie (A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5))
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What good is money if it can't buy happiness?
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Agatha Christie (The Man in the Brown Suit)
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One little Indian left all alone, he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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What's wrong with my proposition?" Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal-I do not like your face, M. Ratchett.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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A woman who doesn't lie is a woman without imagination and without sympathy.
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Agatha Christie (Murder in Mesopotamia (Hercule Poirot, #14))
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One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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It is odd how, when you have a secret belief of your own which you do not wish to acknowledge, the voicing of it by someone else will rouse you to a fury of denial.
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Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4))
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People should be interested in books, not their authors.
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I always think loyalty's such a tiresome virtue.
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Agatha Christie (Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8))
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Elephants can remember, but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.
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Agatha Christie (Elephants Can Remember (Hercule Poirot, #42))
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Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.
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Agatha Christie (The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13))
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At the small table, sitting very upright, was one of the ugliest old ladies he had ever seen. It was an ugliness of distinction - it fascinated rather than repelled.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.
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Fear is incomplete knowledge
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Agatha Christie (Death Comes as the End)
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I don’t understand why people are such snobs about books. If you enjoy romances, read them. I don’t want Thanksgiving dinner every day. Some days I want a ham sandwich and a dozen chocolate chip cookies. And some days I want to read Jane Austen, and other days I want to read Agatha Christie, or maybe some author that no one has ever heard of who writes fun books that make me smile.
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Diana Xarissa (Cars and Cold Cases (Isle of Man Ghostly #3))
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When engaged in eating, the brain should be the servant of the stomach.
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There was something magical about an islandβ€”the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the worldβ€”an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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They tried to be too clever---and that was their undoing.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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I did not deceive you, mon ami. At most, I permitted you to deceive yourself.
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Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1))
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Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things togetherβ€”and they call the result intuition.
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Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4))
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I like to see an angry Englishman," said Poirot. "They are very amusing. The more emotional they feel the less command they have of language.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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Be sure thy sin will find thee out.
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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There is too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will. I must concede you the Devil. God doesn't really need to punish us, Miss Barton. We're so busy punishing ourselves.
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Agatha Christie (The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4))
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The amount of missing girls I've had to trace and their family and their friends always say the same thing. 'She was a bright and affectionate disposition and had no men friends'. That's never true. It's unnatural. Girls ought to have men friends. If not, then there's something wrong about them....
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Agatha Christie (And Then There Were None)
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I'm sorry, but I do hate this differentiation between the sexes. 'The modern girl has a thoroughly businesslike attitude to life' That sort of thing. It's not a bit true! Some girls are businesslike and some aren't. Some men are sentimental and muddle-headed, others are clear-headed and logical. There are just different types of brains.
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Agatha Christie (Appointment with Death (Hercule Poirot, #19))
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Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable. [Hercule Poirot]
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Agatha Christie (Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot, #22))
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You've a pretty good nerve," said Ratchett. "Will twenty thousand dollars tempt you?" It will not." If you're holding out for more, you won't get it. I know what a thing's worth to me." I, also M. Ratchett." What's wrong with my proposition?" Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face, M. Ratchett," he said.
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Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10))
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It often seems to me that's all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again." "Yes, it is very true, that. And it is just what some people will not do. They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.
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Agatha Christie (Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #18))
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People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous. They seem to think life owes them something. I've known many an invalid who has suffered worse and been cut off from life much more . . . and they've managed to lead happy contented lives. It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.
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Agatha Christie (A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5))
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Liking is more important than loving. It lasts. I want what is between us to last, Luke. I don't want us just to love each other and marry and get tired of each other and then want to marry some one else." "Oh! my dear Love, I know. You want reality. So do I. What's between us will last for ever because it's founded on reality.
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Agatha Christie (Murder Is Easy (Superintendent Battle, #4))