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Agatha Christie Quotes

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

Ridiculous, my dear Watson, you talk as if life were a logical business. You see, Watson, but you do not observe.

Everything must be taken lightly, except of course, death and taxes.

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

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

Passion makes idiots of the cleverest people, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

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

Evil is not a faceless enemy; it lives inside us all.

I have always believed that it is a crime to kill. The murderer is not the one who commits the crime, but the one who forces him to do it.

There is nothing more thrilling in this world than the feeling of being loved. And, of course, the feeling of being shot at, but that is something much more ephemeral.

To be foolish and to love – there is nothing finer in this world.

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

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

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

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

One of the saddest things in life, I think, is the utter impossibility of changing what you have done.

I would like it to be said that I was a good woman, a kind woman, and a helpful woman.

Only by seeing people at their worst, can one finally know them.

Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

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

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.

Evil is not something that resides in either guns or books. It resides in the hearts and minds of men. Humans perpetrate evil upon one another, it’s not depending on what object was just used.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

One never lets the facts represent the facts. They’re quite useful as a canvas to paint the impossible, because the real cannot be painted, can it? The real is colourless.

The past is always interesting to some people.

I have learned that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something that nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.

The people who make things happen, who lead, who win, who conquer, who overcome, are somehow exactly the same as those who do not make it. Not a height must be changed. Not a lock of hair moved. Nothing. The secret is here in this book.

For some crimes, in case they are committed and discovered, no punishment is inflicted.

You see but you do not observe.

I distrust a man who says when. If he’s got to be careful not to drink to much it’s because he’s not to be trusted when he does.

Given a decent start any girl can beat a man nowadays.

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.

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

The less a woman can make that needs explaining, the better.

Writers are the best people in the world. They can kill you twenty different ways before lunch, and still have the energy to enjoy soup at the end of it.

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

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

You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master.

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come.

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.

Evil is not something superhuman, it’s something less than human.

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

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.

All I wanted was to find out what the truth was. And the truth was much more evil and much more terrifying than I’d ever dreamt of.


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