Agatha Christie Quotes


I married an archeologist because the older I grow the more he appreciates me.

I married an archaeologist because the older I grow the more he appreciates me.

Authors were shy unsociable creatures atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations.

An appreciative listener is always stimulating.

Eh bien then you are crazy or appear crazy or you think you are crazy and possibly you may be crazy.

The impossible could not have happened therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.

But when you say crazy that describes very well what the general appearance may be to ordinary everyday people.

... there are many to whom money has no personal appeal but who can be tempted by the power it confers.

My remarks are as always apt sound and to the point. (Hercule Poirot)

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.

Who are you? You don't belong to the police?' 'I am better than the police ' said Poirot. He said it without conscious arrogance. It was to him a simple statement of fact.

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention in my opinion arises directly from idleness possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.

Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time thewish to kill-though not the will to kill.

In conversation points arise! If a human being converses much it is impossible for him to avoid the truth! (Hercule Poirot)

I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.

Time does not dispose of a question - it only presents it anew in a different guise.

I've got an uncle myself. Nobody should be held responsible for their uncles. Nature's little throwbacks - that's how I look at it.

Exactly! It is absurd - improbable - it cannot be. So I myself have said. And yet my friend there it is! One cannot escape from the facts.

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.

What an absurdity to go and bury oneself in South America where they are always having revolutions.

One place is very like another.

Nobody knows what another person is thinking. They may imagine they do but they are nearly always wrong.

There are questions that you don't ask because you're afraid of the answers to them.

Every man should have aunts. They illustrate the triumph of guess work over logic.

The urge to write one's autobiography so I have been told overtakes everyone sooner or later.

I can't imagine why everybody is always so keen for authors to talk about writing. I should have thought it was an author's business to write not talk.

People should be interested in books not their authors.

There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.

With method and logic one can accomplish anything.

There is no question of defence. I have always acted in accordance with the dictates of my conscience. I have nothing with which to reproach myself.

In old days the public didn't really mind much about accuracy but nowadays readers take it upon themselves to write to authors on every possible occasion pointing out flaws.

The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.

Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory---let the theory go.

If you've had a happy childhood nobody can take that away from you ...

too much safety is abhorrent to the nature of a human being.

Why didn't they ask the Evans?

if you ask me nobody really likes people who are always doing their duty.

But no artist I now realize can be satisfied with art alone. There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gain-said.

the detective's highest talent lay in the gentle art of seeking favours under the guise of conferring them!

He laughs best who laughs at the end.

It's astonishing in this world how things don't turn out at all the way you expect them to.

Hasting - There are times when it is one's duty to assert oneself.

I'm not often bored ' I assured her. "Life's not long enough for that.

I have often had occasion to notice how where a direct question would fail to elicit a response a false assumption brings instant information in the form of a contradiction.

Assumptions are dangerous things.

Truth however bitter can be accepted and woven into a design for living.

Good advice is always certain to be ignored but that's no reason not to give it.

Where large sums of money are concerned it is advisable to trust nobody.

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50 say - that a whole new life has opened before you.

It is curious - but you cannot make a revolution without honest men. ... Every revolution has had its honest men. They are soon disposed of afterwards.

Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!

There! Now we're friends!" declared the minx. "Say you're sorry about my sister -""I am desolated!""That's a good boy!

I'm afraid of death... Yes but that doesn't stop death coming...

Achievement brings with it its own anticlimax.

We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness either enforced or voluntary.

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.

Most successes are unhappy. That's why they are successes - they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice.

Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details without knowing they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things together - and they call the result intuition.

Poirot " I said. "I have been thinking." "An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.

To feel admiration for a man all through one's married life would I think be excessively tedious.

I admit " I said "that a second murder in a book often cheers things up." - Hastings

I have always admired the Esquimaux (Eskimos). One fine day a delicious meal is cooked for dear old mother and then she goes walking away over the ice and doesn't come back.

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.

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.

Everybody always knows something " said Adam "even if it's something they don't know they know.

I always take abroad with me one really good soft pillow--to me it makes all the difference between comfort and misery.

One little Indian left all alone he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.

Everybody is very much alike really. But fortunately perhaps they don't realise it. - Miss Marple

No innocent person ever has an alibi.

Ah but my dear sir the why must never be obvious. That is the whole point.

You agree - I'm sure you agree that beauty is the only thing worth living for.

There's no agony like [getting started]. You sit in a room biting pencils looking at a typewriter walking about or casting yourself down on a sofa feeling you want to cry your head off.

Never tell all you knowâ??not even to the person you know best.

Oh no I'm not brave. When a thing is certain there's nothing to be brave about. All you can do is to find your consolation.

Bitterness leads nowhere. It turns back on itself. It is the eternal cul-de-sac.

If you place your head in a lion's mouth then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.

When the sea goes down there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Indian Island.

The heart of a woman who loves will forgive many blows.

lawyers never go to law do they? They know better.

a great man always knows better than to explain unless an explanation is demanded. To rush into explanations and excuses is always a sign of weakness.

all women without in the least meaning it consider every man they meet as a possible husband for themselves or for their best friend.

I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.

The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.

Everybody said "Follow your heart". I did it got broken

What good is money if it can't buy happiness~?

What they need is a little immorality in their lives. Then they wouldn't be so busy looking for it in other people's.

Prisoners at the bar have you anything to say in your defence?

Besides a burial service is rather lovely. Makes you feel uplifted the grief is real. It makes you feel awful but it does something to you. I mean it works it out like perspiration.

For in the long run either through a lie or through truth people were bound to give themselves away â?¦

Books are a habit-forming drug.

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator because where two people are writing the same book each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

I live now on borrowed time waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

... nothing is so boring as devotion.

Don't think. That is the wrong way to bring anything back. Let it go. Sooner or later it will flash into your mind.

To count - really and truly to count - a woman must have goodness or brains.

It is the brain the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot

Use that fluff of yours you call a brain.

There are many things that are unbelievable. Especially before breakfast is it not? That is what one of your classics says. Six impossible things before breakfast.

Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.

Until one looks back on one's own past one fails to realise what an extraordinary view of the world a child has.

I am all that there is of the most real.

Time is the best killer.

To know when to use the truth is the essence of successful deception

The past is the father of the present.

If anyone is really determined to lend you a book you never can get out of it!

Desperate ills need desperate remedies.

What's wrong with my proposition?" Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal-I do not like your face M. Ratchett.

Unless you are good at guessing it is not much use being a detective.

Bad temper is its own safety valve. He who can bark does not bite.

Nothing I believe is so full of life under the microscope as a drop of water from a stagnant pool.

I've always noticed that if you speak the truth in a rather silly way nobody believes you.

You want beauty ' said Hercules Poirot. 'Beauty at any price. For me it is truth. I want always truth.

The truth however ugly in itself is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.

Imagination is a good servant and a bad master.

People who can be very good can be very bad too.

Beastly things teeth. Give us trouble from the cradle to the grave.

All I needed was a steady table and a typewriter...a marble-topped bedroom washstand table made a good place; the dining-room table between meals was also suitable.

In my end is my beginning - that's what people are always saying. But what does it mean?

And if you cast down an idol there's nothing left.

I believe Messieurs in loyalty---to one's friends and one's family and one's caste.

You should employ your little grey cells

These little grey cells. It is up to them.

I have a certain experience of the way people tell lies.

The tragedy of life is that people do not change.

Nurses - nurses you'm all the same. Full of cheerfulness over other people's troubles.

Coffee in England always tastes like a chemistry experiment.

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

I have always been so sure - too sure... But now I am very humble and I say like a little child: "I do not know...

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is I think to have a happy childhood.

If you love you will suffer and if you do not love you do not know the meaning of a Christian life.

Difficulties are made to be overcome ~ Miss Felicity Lemon Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Plymouth Express

Trains are wonderful.... To travel by train is to see nature and human beings towns and churches and rivers in fact to see life.

I am not one to rely upon the expert procedure. It is the psychology I seek not the fingerprint or the cigarette ash.

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.

Juliet singles out Romeo. Desdemona claims Othello. They have no doubts the young no fear no pride.

One does what one can not what one cannot.

The truth must be quite plain if one could just clear away the litter.

Life itself is an unsolved mystery" said the clergyman gravely.

They tried to be too clever---and that was their undoing.

Words madmoiselle are only the outer clothing of ideas.

Money ... is always the great clue to what is happening in the world.

Any coincidencce is worth noticing. You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.

Look here I said "people like to collect disasters.

Men don't understand how their mannerisms can get on women's nerves so that you feel you just have to snap.

Things never come when they are expected.

Best of an island is once you get there - you can't go any farther...you've come to the end of things...

I suppose without curiosity a man would be a tortoise. Very comfortable life a tortoise has.

Your not reliable. You wouldn't be at all a comfortable sort of person to live with.

Where do one's fears come from? Where do they shape themselves? Where do they hide before coming out into the open?

My flute M. Poirot is my oldest companion. When everything else fails music remains.

Three months seems to me quite a reasonable time to complete a book if one can get right down to it.

It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.

I've a theory that one can always get anything one wants if one will pay the price. And do you know what the price is nine times out of ten? Compromise.

Never worry about what you say to a man. They're so conceited that they never believe you mean it if it's unflattering.

You cannot mix up sentiment and reason.

Do you know my friend that each one of us is a dark mystery a maze of conflicting passions and desire and aptitudes?

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.

It's so much nicer to be a secret and delightful sin to anybody than to be a feather in his cap.

There is something about conscious tact that is very irritating.

The contemporary historian never writes such a true history as the historian of a later generation.

There's nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation.

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.

A weak man in a corner is more dangerous than a strong man. (Inspector Miller)

Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.

The out-of-date returns in due course as the picturesque.

Writers are diffident creatures -- they need encouragement.

Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.

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.

Talk and tea is his specialty " said Giles. "He has about five cups of tea a day. But he works splendidly when we are looking.

It is a curious thought but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.

Curious things habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

Curious things habits. People themselves never knew they had them. [Witness for the Prosecution also published in The Hound of Death and Other Stories.]

Surfing is like that. You are either vigorously cursing or else you are idiotically pleased with yourself.

Doctors can do almost anything nowadays can't they unless they kill you while they're trying to cure you.

Poirot: Do not allow Hate into your heart for it will make a home there. Jackie: If Love cannot live there Hate works just as well.

I specialize in murders of quiet domestic interest.

The truth often does sound unconvincing.

Hate doesn't last. Love does.

Fey...a Scotch word...It means the kind of exalted happiness that comes before disaster. You know--it's too good to be true.

If we seek to keep the past alive we end I think by distorting it.

Those who never think of money need a great deal of it.

Self-preservation's a man's first duty. And natives don't mind dying you know. They don't feel about it as Europeans do.

There are doubtless certain unworldly people who are indifferent to money. I myself have never met one.

The trouble with you and me is that we don't live in the real world. We dream of fantastic things that may never happen.

Many homicidal lunatics are very quiet unassuming people. Delightful fellows.

... obsessions are always dangerous.

It is deplorable...to remove all the romance - all the mystery!

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

If I were at any time to set out on a career of deceit it would be of Miss Marple that I should be afraid.

I did not deceive you mon ami. At most I permitted you to deceive yourself.

In the midst of life we are in death.

Things go entirely differently from the way you planned them.

Sensationalism dies quickly fear is long-lived.

The guard looked from one to the other. His mind was soon made up. His training led him to despise foreigners and to respect and admire well-dressed gentleman who travelled first class.

Of course I despise money when I haven't got any. It's the only dignified thing to do.

Yes it was dangerous but we are not put into this world Mr. Burton to avoid danger when an important fellow creature's life is at stake. You understand me?

Never go back to a place where you have been happy. Until you do it remains alive for you. If you go back it will be destroyed.

If Hori were to die I should not forget! Hori is a song in my heart for ever... That means-that there is no more death...

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.

In case I would prefer to say that some circumstances should strike me in a different light to the one in which it struck you. Human reactions vary and so does human experience.~Hercule Poirot

I would like it to be said that I was a good writer of detective and thriller stories.

You have a tendency Hastings to prefer the least likely. That no doubt is from reading too many detective stories.

There is no detective in England equal to a spinster lady of uncertain age with plenty of time on her hands.

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.

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]

Evil is not any superhuman but it is HUMAN.

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.

there is evil everywhere under the sun.

The first time you do a thing is always exciting.

Plots come to me at such odd moments when I am walking along the street or examining a hat shopâ?¦ suddenly a splendid idea comes into my head.

Youth is a failing only too easily outgrown.

Everything that has existed lingers in the Eternity.

She was a lucky woman who had established a happy knack of writing what quite a lot of people wanted to read.

I am not mad. I am eccentric perhaps--at least certain people say so; but as regards my profession. I am very much as one says 'all there.

How often have I not heard a perfectly intelligent female says in the tone of one clinching an argument 'Edgar says -- ' And all the time you are perfectly aware that Edgar is a perfect fool.

Writing is a great comfort to people like me who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.

When engaged in eating the brain should be the servant of the stomach.

The simplest explanation is always the most likely.

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.

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.

You know Emily was a selfish old woman in her way. She was very generous but she always wanted a return. She never let people forget what she had done for them - and that way she missed love.

You'll be glad too when the end comes.

To put it quite crudely ... the poor don't really know how the rich live and the rich don't know how the poor live and to find out is really enchanting to both of them.

From an early age I knew very strongly the lust to kill...

Mr. Jesmond made a peculiar noise rather like a hen who has decided to lay an egg and then thought better of it.

Elephants can remember but we are human beings and mercifully human beings can forget.

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.

fiction is founded on truth....unless things did happen people couldn't think of them.

I learned ... that one can never go back that one should not ever try to go back - that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a one way street isn't it?

Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

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....

The things young women read nowadays and profess to enjoy positively frighten me.

Who is there who has not felt a sudden startled pang at reliving an old experience or feeling an old emotion?

It's very inconvenient to be loved. Nearly everyone has found that out sooner or later. The fewer people who love you the less you will have to suffer.

Very few of us are what we seem.

I just woke up feeling happy this morning. You know those days when everything in the world seems right.

To keep something wild is far more difficult than to preserve it.

there is no fanatic like a religious fanatic.

One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.

When the fact doesn't meet the theory then let go the theory.

Fear is incomplete knowledge

An ugly voice repels me where an ugly face would not.

The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.

Is there ever any particular spot where one can put one's finger and say "It all began that day at such a time and such a place with such an incident?

Be sure thy sin will find thee out.

I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalise. Generalisations are seldom if ever true and are usually utterly inaccurate.

That is why most great love stories are tragedies.

A great many men are mad and no one knows it. They do not know it themselves

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.

In my experience people who go about looking for trouble usually find it.

You can only really get under anybody's skin if you are married to them.

... evil was perhaps necessarily always more impressive than good.

One is alone when the last one who remembers is gone.

When you find that people are not telling you the truth---look out!

No sign so far of anything sinisterâ??but I live in hope.

Wonderful things horses. Never know what they will do or won't do.

You don't appreciate a faithful husband when you've got one ' said Tommy.'All my friends tell me you never know with husbands ' said Tuppance.'You have the wrong kind of friends ' said Tommy.

There hung about her the restrained energy of a whiplash.

It's what's in *yourself* that makes you happy or unhappy.

Evil is not something superhuman it's something less than human.

The human face is after all nothing more nor less than a mask.

There is nothing more thrilling in this world I think than having a child that is yours and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

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.

Aku benci melihat orang yang merasa puas diri. Hal itu membangkitkan semua naluri jahatku.

Hercule Poirot: I am an imbecile. I see only half of the picture. Miss Lemon: I don't even see that.

If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles one would hardly see anybody.

The saddest thing in life and the hardest to live through is the knowledge that there is someone you love very much whom you cannot save from suffering.

Everyone likes talking about himself. - Hercule Poirot

If you are to be Hercule Poirot you must think of everything.

I have no pity for myself either. So let it be Veronal. But I wish Hercule Poirot had never retired from work and come here to grow vegetable marrows.

It is the quietest and meekest people who are often capable of the most sudden and unexpected violences for the reason that when their control does snap it goes entirely. (Hercule Poirot)

There is no greater mistake in life than seeing things or hearing them at the wrong time.

You're shocked Mr. Burton at hearing what our gossiping little town thinks. I can tell you this - they always think the worst!

I never can stand seeing people pleased with themselves â? said Joanna. â??It arouses all my worst instincts.

I think myself that one's memories represent those moments which insignificant as they may seem nevertheless represent the inner self and oneself as most really oneself.

It's not a man's working hours that are important--it's his leisure hours. That's the mistake we all make.

It is my experience that no one in the course of conversation can fail to give themselves away sooner or later. Everyone has an irresistible urge to talk about themselves.

One knows so little. When one knows more it is too late.

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.

... it's always interesting when one doesn't see. If you don't see what a thing means you must be looking at it wrong way round.

More children suffer from interference than from non-interference.

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.

Speech ... is an invention of man's to prevent him from thinking.

Ideas are like everything else. They've got to be marketed.

you cannot give to people what they are incapable of receiving.

The bereaved had never any doubt about their dear ones' wishes and those wishes usually squared with their own inclinations.

One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.

The supernatural is only the natural of which the laws are not yet understood.

Sitting here with one's knitting one just sees the facts. -"The Blood-Stained Pavement

To win a war is as disasterous as to lose one.

I always think loyalty's such a tiresome virtue.

But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.

When a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep.

At my time of life one knows that the worst is usually true.

One does see so much evil in a village ' murmured Miss Marple in an explanatory voice.

The whole thing was like a nine-month ocean voyage to which you never got acclimatized.

how tedious is retirement! You cannot imagine to yourself the monotony with which day comes after day.

Evil never goes unpunished Monsieur. But the punishment is sometimes secret.

It's a mystery to me how anyone ever gets any nourishment in this place. They must eat their meals standing up by the window so as to be sure of not missing anything.

Words are such uncertain things they so often sound well but mean the opposite of what one thinks they do.

Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

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.

One never quite allows for the moron in our midst.

One must make one's own mistakes

I was thinking that when my time comes I should be sorry if the only plea I had to offer was that of justice. Because it might mean that only justice would be meted out to me.

One of the oddest things in life as we all know is the way that when you have heard a thing mentioned within twenty-four hours you nearly always come across it again.

marriage is an extraordinary thing - and I doubt if any outsider - even a child of the marriage - has the right to judge.

The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools.

We are the same people as we were at three six ten or twenty years old. More noticeably so perhaps at six or seven because we were not pretending so much then.

Our weapon is our knowledge. But remember it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.

Kebencian bisa membuat orang jadi buta-- ya jadi buta. Tapi orang buta pun mungkin bisa menikam tepat di jantung.

With thought all problems can be resolved.

To every problem there is a most simple solution.

Does the real thing ever have the perfection of a stage performance?

It's like all those quiet people when they do lose their tempers they lose them with a vengeance.

One of the saddest things in life is the things one remembers.

You regard it as impossible that a sinner should be struck down by the wrath of God! I do not!

A woman who doesn't lie is a woman without imagination and without sympathy.

the science of tomorrow is the supernatural of today.

I can think of nothing more soul destroying in life than to persist in trying to do a thing you want desperately to do well and to know that you are at the best second rate.

Everything has got its right size. When it is its right size and well run it's the tops.

I loved her- I always loved her- no matter what she was-I wanted her safe- not shut up- a prisoner for life eating her heart out. And we did keep her safe- for many years Phillip Stark

And so could you know it if you would only use the brains the good God has given you. Sometimes I really am tempted to believe that by inadvertence He passed you by.

It had come about ex­act­ly in the way things hap­pened in books.

Very unfortunately she had no husband. She had never had a husband and therefore did not kill a husband.

The rottenness comes from within.

Love is not everything ... It is only when we are young that we think it is.