35 Preeminent Quotes by Agatha Christie

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35 Preeminent Quotes by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, in full Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, née Miller, (born September 15, 1890, Torquay, Devon, England – died January 12, 1976, Winterbrook, Oxfordshire, England) was an English author best known for her detective novels revolving around Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Her work includes novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and two autobiographies. Most notable are The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), And Then There Were None (1939), and The Mousetrap (1952), the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Christie is one of the top-selling authors of all time, and according to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author.

Very few of us are what we seem to be. - Agatha Christie (Partners in Crime Quotes)
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Very few of us are what we seem to be.Partners in Crime (1929), (HarperCollins, ed. 2015), Story 9. The Man in the Mist, Page 121

Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend. - Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles Quotes)
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Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), (HarperCollins, ed. 2007), Chapter 11, Page 236

The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances. - Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express Quotes)
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The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.Murder on the Orient Express (1934), (HarperCollins, ed. 2007), Part II, Chapter 13, Page 213

Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored. - Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles Quotes)
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Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), (HarperCollins, ed. 2007), Chapter 8, Page 187

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realise just how much you love them! - Agatha Christie (An Autobiography Quotes)
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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!An Autobiography (1977), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1977), Part I, Chapter 5, Page 51

The young people think the old people are fools; but the old people know the young people are fools! - Agatha Christie (The Murder at the Vicarage Quotes)
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The young people think the old people are fools; but the old people know the young people are fools!Murder at the Vicarage (1930), (HarperCollins, ed. 2016), Chapter 31, Page 292

An appreciative listener is always stimulating. - Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles Quotes)
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An appreciative listener is always stimulating.The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), (HarperCollins, ed. 2007), Chapter 1, Page 16

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. - Agatha Christie (An Autobiography Quotes)
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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.An Autobiography (1977), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1977), Part III, Chapter 2, Page 121

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you. - Agatha Christie (The Labours of Hercules Quotes)
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Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.The Labours of Hercules (1947), (Dell Publishing Co., ed. 1959), Story 11. The Apples of the Hesperides, Page 221

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. - Agatha Christie (The Hound of Death and Other Stories Quotes)
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Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.The Hound of Death and Other Stories (1933), (HarperCollins, ed. 1997), Story 7. The Witness for the Prosecution, Page 123

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. - Agatha Christie (The Mysterious Affair at Styles Quotes)
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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.The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), (HarperCollins, ed. 2007), Chapter 5, Page 118

Words are only the outer clothing of ideas. - Agatha Christie (The A.B.C. Murders Quotes)
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Words are only the outer clothing of ideas.The A.B.C. Murders (1936), (HarperCollins, ed. 2011), Chapter 18, Page 126

Never tell all you know - not even to the person you know best. - Agatha Christie (The Secret Adversary Quotes)
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Never tell all you know – not even to the person you know best.The Secret Adversary (1922), (HarperCollins, ed. 2001), Chapte 15, Page 166

Everybody always knows something even if it's something they don't know they know. - Agatha Christie (Cat Among the Pigeons Quotes)
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Everybody always knows something even if it’s something they don’t know they know.Cat Among the Pigeons (1959), (HarperCollins, ed. 1991), Chapter 12, Page 150

I know there's a proverb which says 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries. - Agatha Christie (Hallowe'en Party Quotes)
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I know there’s a proverb which says ‘To err is human,’ but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.Hallowe'en Party (1969), (HarperCollins, ed. 1994), Chapter 6, Page 45

A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attention and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep. - Agatha Christie (The Mystery of the Blue Train Quotes)
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A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attention and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can’t help looking like a sheep.The Mystery of the Blue Train (1928), (HarperCollins, ed. 1994), Chapter 30, Page 205

Everyone is a potential murderer. In everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill - though not the will to kill. - Agatha Christie (Curtain Quotes)
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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.Curtain (1975), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1975), Postscript, Page 216

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It's like all those quiet people, when they do lose their tempers they lose them with a vengeance. - Agatha Christie (The A.B.C. Murders Quotes)
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It’s like all those quiet people, when they do lose their tempers they lose them with a vengeance.The A.B.C. Murders (1936), (HarperCollins, ed. 2011), Chapter 11, Page 77

It is really a very 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. - Agatha Christie (The Man in the Brown Suit Quotes)
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It is really a very 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.The Man in the Brown Suit (1924), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1924), Chapter II, Page 18

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. - Agatha Christie (Sparkling Cyanide Quotes)
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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.Sparkling Cyanide (1944), (HarperCollins, ed. 1992), Book II, Chapter 9, Page 90

The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it. - Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Quotes)
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The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it.The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), (HarperCollins, ed. 1991), Chapter 12, Page 141

Everybody is very much alike, really. But fortunately, perhaps, they don't realize it. - Agatha Christie (The Thirteen Problems Quotes)
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Everybody is very much alike, really. But fortunately, perhaps, they don’t realize it.The Thirteen Problems (1932), (Berkley Books, ed. 1984), Story 6. The Thumb Mark of St Peter, Page 82

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. - Agatha Christie (An Autobiography Quotes)
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One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood.An Autobiography (1977), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1977), Part I, Chapter 1, Page 3

If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles one would hardly see anybody. - Agatha Christie (The Mousetrap and Other Stories Quotes)
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If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles one would hardly see anybody.The Mousetrap and Other Plays (1978), (Dodd, Mead & Co., ed. 1978), Play 6. Towards Zero, Page 431

Every revolution has had its honest men. They are soon disposed of afterwards. - Agatha Christie (The Secret Adversary Quotes)
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Every revolution has had its honest men. They are soon disposed of afterwards.The Secret Adversary (1922), (HarperCollins, ed. 2001), Chapter 8, Page 82

Arrange your ideas. Be methodical. Be orderly. There is the secret of success. - Agatha Christie (The Murder on the Links Quotes)
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Arrange your ideas. Be methodical. Be orderly. There is the secret of success.The Murder on the Links (1923), (HarperCollins, ed. 2015), Chapter 19, Page 186

The men who loom most largely in the public eye are men of little or no personality. They are marionettes who dance to the wires pulled by a master hand. - Agatha Christie (The Big Four Quotes)
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The men who loom most largely in the public eye are men of little or no personality. They are marionettes who dance to the wires pulled by a master hand.The Big Four (1927), (HarperCollins, ed. 2011), Chapter III, Page 23

Words are such uncertain things, they so often sound well, but mean the opposite of what one thinks they do. - Agatha Christie (Partners in Crime Quotes)
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Words are such uncertain things, they so often sound well, but mean the opposite of what one thinks they do.Partners in Crime (1929), (HarperCollins, ed. 2015), Chapter 14, Page 221

Evil never goes unpunished. But the punishment is sometimes secret. - Agatha Christie (Peril At End House Quotes)
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Evil never goes unpunished. But the punishment is sometimes secret.Peril at End House (1932), (HarperCollins, ed. 2001), Chapter 16, Page 203

Keeping a secret is an art that requires many lies magnificently told, and a great aptitude for playing the comedy and enjoying it. - Agatha Christie (Peril At End House Quotes)
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Keeping a secret is an art that requires many lies magnificently told, and a great aptitude for playing the comedy and enjoying it.Peril at End House (1932), (HarperCollins, ed. 2001), Chapter 18., Page 238

When everything else fails - music remains.. - Agatha Christie (Death in the Clouds Quotes)
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When everything else fails – music remains.Death in the Clouds (1935), (HarperCollins, ed. 1994), Chapter 23, Page 195

Memory is a wonderful gift. With it the past is never the past. - Agatha Christie (Cards on the Table Quotes)
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Memory is a wonderful gift. With it the past is never the past.Cards on the Table (1936), (HarperCollins, ed. 2001), Chapter 11, Page 123

Man was forced to invent work in order to escape the strain of having to think. - Agatha Christie (Death on the Nile Quotes)
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Man was forced to invent work in order to escape the strain of having to think.Death on the Nile (1937), (HarperCollins, ed. 1992), Chapter 1, Page 14

The people who do us most harm are the people who shield us from reality. - Agatha Christie (Five Little Pigs Quotes)
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The people who do us most harm are the people who shield us from reality.Five Little Pigs (1942), (HarperCollins, ed. 1994), Book II, Narrative of Cecilia Williams, Page 181

People more often kill those they love than those they hate. Possibly because only the people you love can really make life unendurable to you. - Agatha Christie (Crooked House Quotes)
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People more often kill those they love than those they hate. Possibly because only the people you love can really make life unendurable to you.Crooked House (1949), (HarperCollins, ed. 1991), Chapter 12, Page 111