Agatha Christie (Writer)

#38159 Agatha Christie

I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about life
#38160 Agatha Christie

I have given them life instead of death, freedom instead of the cords of superstition, beauty and truth instead of corruption and exploitation. The old bad days are over for them, the Light of thehas risen, and they can dwell in peace and harmony freed from the shadow of fear and oppression. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about life
#38161 Agatha Christie

An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about man
#38162 Agatha Christie

Oh dear, I never realized what a terrible lot of explaining one has to do in a murder! .

Agatha Christie Quotes about murder
#38163 Agatha Christie

I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about murder
#38164 Agatha Christie

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

Agatha Christie Quotes about self
#38165 Agatha Christie

This is the first story featuring "". .

Agatha Christie Quotes about story
#38166 Agatha Christie

The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as "The Styles Case" has now somewhat subsided. Nevertheless, in view of the world-wide notoriety which attended it, I have been asked, both by my friend Poirot and the family themselves, to write an account of the whole story. This, we trust, will effectually silence the sensational rumours which still persist. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about time
#38167 Agatha Christie

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about murder
#38168 Agatha Christie

I am not keeping back facts. Every fact that I know is in your possession. You can draw your own deductions from them. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about you
#38169 Agatha Christie

"This affair must all be unravelled from within." He tapped his forehead. "These little grey cells. It is 'up to them' — as you say over here." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about you
#38170 Agatha Christie

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

Agatha Christie Quotes about self
#38171 Agatha Christie

"Nothing", I said sadly. "They are two delightful women!" "And neither of them is for you?" finished Poirot. "Never mind. Console yourself, my friend. We may hunt together again, who knows?" .

Agatha Christie Quotes about women
#38172 Agatha Christie

Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about truth
#38173 Agatha Christie

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. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about work
#38174 Agatha Christie

"Eh bien, Mademoiselle, all through my life I have observed one thing — 'All one wants one gets!' Who knows?" His face screwed itself up comically. "You may get more than you bargain for." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about life
#38175 Agatha Christie

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

Agatha Christie Quotes about men
#38176 Agatha Christie

“You have been to the Riviera before, Georges?” said Poirot to his valet the following morning. George was an intensely English, rather wooden-faced individual. “Yes, sir. I was here two years ago when I was in the service of Lord Edward Frampton.” “And to-day,” murmured his master, “you are here with Hercule Poirot. How one mounts in the world!” .

Agatha Christie Quotes about war
#38177 Agatha Christie

Men are foolish, are they not, Mademoiselle? To eat, to drink, to breathe the good air, it is a very pleasant thing, Mademoiselle. One is foolish to leave all that simply because one has no money — or because the heart aches. L .

Agatha Christie Quotes about art
#38178 Agatha Christie

I was wrong about that young man of yours. 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. Now, whenever that young man looked at you he looked like a sheep. I take back all I said this morning. It is genuine. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about love
#38179 Agatha Christie

"I saw a particular personage and I threatened him — yes, Mademoiselle, I, Hercule Poirot, threatened him." "With the police?" "No," said Poirot drily, "With the Press — a much more deadly weapon." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about art
#38180 Agatha Christie

"Life is like a train Mademoiselle. It goes on. And it is a good thing that that is so." "Why?" "Because the train gets to its journey's end at last, and there is a proverb about that in your language, Mademoiselle." "'Journeys end in lovers meeting'" Lenox laughed. "That is not going to be true for me." "Yes — yes, it is true. You are young, younger than you yourself know. Trust the train Mademoiselle, for it is le bon Dieu who drives it." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about love
#38181 Agatha Christie

I like to inquire into everything. Hercule Poirot is a good dog. The good dog follows the scent, and if, regrettably, there is no scent to follow, he noses around — seeking always something that is not very nice. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about good
#38182 Agatha Christie

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

Agatha Christie Quotes about possible
#38183 Agatha Christie

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. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about self
#38184 Agatha Christie

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. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about soul
#38185 Agatha Christie

I don't pretend to be an author or to know anything about writing. I'm doing this simply because Dr Reilly asked me to, and somehow when Dr Reilly asks you to do a thing you don't like to refuse. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about writing
#38186 Agatha Christie

That was the worst of Dr Reilly. You never knew whether he was joking or not. He always said things in the same slow melancholy way — but half the time there was a twinkle underneath it. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about time
#38187 Agatha Christie

Believe me, nurse, the difficulty of beginning will be nothing to the difficulty of knowing how to stop. At least that's the way it is with me when I have to make a speech. Someone's got to catch hold of my coat-tails and pull me down by main force. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about will
#38188 Agatha Christie

God bless my soul, woman, the more personal you are the better! This is a story of human beings — not dummies! Be personal — be prejudiced — be catty — be anything you please! Write the thing your own way. We can always prune out the bits that are libellous afterwards! .

Agatha Christie Quotes about war
#38189 Agatha Christie

I don't think I shall ever forget my first sight of Hercule Poirot. Of course, I got used to him later on, but to begin with it was a shock, and I think everyone else must have felt the same! I don't know what I'd imagined — something like Sherlock Holmes — [...] Of course, I knew he was a foreigner, but I hadn't expected him to be quite as foreign as he was, if you know what I mean. When you saw him you just wanted to laugh! He was like something on the stage or at the pictures. [...] He looked like a hairdresser in a comic play! .

Agatha Christie Quotes about age
#38190 Agatha Christie

I felt that the murderer was in the room. Sitting with us-listening. one of us .

Agatha Christie Quotes about murder
#38191 Agatha Christie

Oh, dear, it's quite true what Dr. Reilly said. How does one stop writing? If I could find a really good telling phrase... Like the one M. Poirot used. In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate... Something like that. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about writing
#38192 Agatha Christie

Once I went professionally to an archaeological expedition--and I learnt something there. In the course of an excavation, when something comes up out of the ground, everything is cleared away very carefully all around it. You take away the loose earth, and you scrape here and there with a knife until finally your object is there, all alone, ready to be drawn and photographed with no extraneous matter confusing it. That is what I have been seeking to do--clear away the extraneous matter so that we can see the truth--the naked shining truth. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about truth
#38193 Agatha Christie

And Mr. Burnaby said acutely: "Well, it doesn't seem to have done her much good, poor lass." But after a while they stopped talking about her and discussed instead who was going to win the Grand National. For, as Mr. Ferguson was saying at that minute in Luxor, it is not the past that matters but the future. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about future
#38194 Agatha Christie

Elinor was still staring at this missive, her plucked brows drawn together in distaste, when the door opened. The maid announced, "Mr Welman," and Roddy came in. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about man
#38195 Agatha Christie

Roddy! As always when she saw Roddy, Elinor was conscious of a slightly giddy feeling, a throb of sudden pleasure, a feeling that it was incumbent upon her to be very matter-of-fact and unemotional. Because it was so very obvious that Roddy, although he loved her, didn't feel about her the way she felt about him. The first sight of him did something to her, twisted her heart round so that it almost hurt. Absurd that a man - an ordinary, yes, a perfectly ordinary young man - should be able to do that to one! That the mere look of him should set the world spinning, that his voice should make you want - just a little - to cry. Love surely should be a pleasurable emotion - not something that hurt you by its intensity. One thing was clear: one must be very, very careful to be off-hand and casual about it all. Men didn't like devotion and adoration. Certainly Roddy didn't. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about love
#38196 Agatha Christie

Last time I had my hands on you, you felt like a bird - struggling to escape. You'll never escape now... .

Agatha Christie Quotes about time
#38197 Agatha Christie

Because, Renisenb, it is so easy and it costs so little labour to write down ten bushels of barley, or a hundred head of cattle, or ten fields of spelt - and the thing that is written will come to seem like the real thing, and so the writer and the scribe will come to despise the man who ploughs the fields and reaps the barley and raises the cattle - but all the same the fields and the cattle are real - they are not just marks of inks on papyrus. And when all the records and all the papyrus rolls are destroyed and the scribes are scattered, the men who toil and reap will go on, and Egypt will still live. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about men
#38198 Agatha Christie

"You know that in all tombs there is always a false door?" Renisenb stared. "Yes, of course." "Well, people are like that too. They create a false door - to deceive. If they are conscious of weakness, of inefficiency, they make an imposing door of self-assertion, of bluster, of overwhelming authority - and, after a time, they get to believe in it themselves. They think, and everybody thinks, that they are like that. But behind that door, Renisenb, is a bare rock ... And so when reality comes and touches them with the feather of truth - their true self reasserts itself." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about truth
#38199 Agatha Christie

"It is the kind of thing that happens to you when you are stupid," said Esa. "Things go entirely differently from the way you planned them." .

Agatha Christie Quotes about you
#38200 Agatha Christie

Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about age
#38201 Agatha Christie

Fear is incomplete knowledge. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about knowledge
#38202 Agatha Christie

The rottenness comes from within. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about wit
#38203 Agatha Christie

Let us think only of the good days that are to come. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about good
#38204 Agatha Christie

It's as easy to utter lies as truth. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about truth
#38205 Agatha Christie

Men are made fools by the gleaming limbs of women, and, lo, in a minute they are become discolored carnelians. A trifle, a little, the likeness of a dream. And death comes as the end. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about death
#38206 Agatha Christie

Proof must be solid break walls of facts. .

Agatha Christie Quotes about facts
#38207 Agatha Christie

Handsome, strong, gay ... She felt again the thro and lilt of her blood. She had loved Kameni in that moment. She loved him now. Kameni could take the place that Khay had held in her life. She thought: "We shall be happy together - yes, we shall be happy. We shall live together and take pleasure in each other and we shall have strong, handsome children. There will be busy days full of work ... and days of pleasure when we sail on the River...Life will be again as I knew it with Khay...What could I ask more than that? What do I want more than that?" .

Agatha Christie Quotes about love
#38208 Agatha Christie

When you were a child, I loved you. I loved your grave face and the confidence with which you came to me, asking me to mend your broken toys. And then, after eight years' absence, you came again and sat here, and brought me the thoughts that were in your mind. And your mind, Renisenb, is not like the minds of the rest of your family. It does not turn in upon itself, seeking to encase itself in narrow walls. Your mind is like my mind, it looks over the River, seeing a world of changes, of new ideas - seeing a world where all things are possible to those with courage and vision... .

Agatha Christie Quotes about love

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