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Agatha Christie’s quotes about mothers, life, infidelity, marriage, love, courage, fear, women, men and much more.

99 Agatha Christie Quotes That Will Make You Introspect

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15 September 1890 AD

Died On
12 January 1976 AD

Born In
Torquay, Devon, England

Died At Age
85

Agatha Christie was a great writer who turned granny tales and social gossips into thrilling mysteries! With captivating works like "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", "The Mystery of the Blue Train" and "The Orient Express", Christie surfaced as the world's bestselling mystery authors of mid 90's. About a billion copies of her novels "Sad Cypress", "Murder at the Vicarage, "Partners in Crime" and the "Murder of Roger Ackroyd" were sold all over the world. Though murder mysteries were her forte, Christie was also noted for her romantic books and as a playwright. As a child, she loved creating characters, enacting scenes and enjoyed fantasy play. Perhaps that's why she grew up to be a vivid and talented author.

During World War I, Christie served as nurse for wounded soldiers. Following a rough divorce with his husband Archibald, she married Archaeology professor Mallowan and developed a love for travelling. During this time, she created detective duo Marple and Poirot that were leading protagonists of her tales, much like Holmes and Watson. In her entire life time, she wrote about 70 novels and fictions that earned him the title of "Queen of Mystery". She's undoubtedly the best creator of criminal stories that inspired an era of suspense thrillers in UK. She had the knack of saying the things which common people feel but never said aloud. We have crawled through her novels to compile a collection of intellectually-enhancing quotes. It is time to celebrate Agatha Christie’s life and work with these quotes…straight from the author’s mouth. Presenting a selection of most popular Agatha Christie’s quotes about mothers, life, infidelity, marriage, love, courage, fear, women, men and much more.

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.

- Agatha Christie

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, Agatha Christie

Very few of us are what we seem.

- The Man in the Mist, Agatha Christie

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

- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

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

- Peril at End House, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.

- Agatha Christie

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.

- The Labours of Hercules, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

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, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie

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

- The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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

- An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, Agatha Christie

Time is the best killer.

- Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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.

- Hallowe'en Party, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

- An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

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

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

To every problem, there is a most simple solution.

- The Clocks, Agatha Christie

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

- The Mystery of the Blue Train, Agatha Christie

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

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

In the midst of life, we are in death.

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas.

- The A.B.C. Murders, Agatha Christie

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

- The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories, Agatha Christie

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.

- An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

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

- Cat Among the Pigeons, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Curtain, Agatha Christie

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

- The A.B.C. Murders, Agatha Christie

An appreciative listener is always stimulating.

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

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

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

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

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

- Agatha Christie

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

- One, Agatha Christie

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.

- An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

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

- Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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]

- The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Moving Finger, Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None: A Mystery Play in Three Acts, Agatha Christie

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.

- The Seven Dials Mystery, Agatha Christie

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.

- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

I always think loyalty's such a tiresome virtue.

- Peril at End House, Agatha Christie

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

- The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie

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

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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 Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

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

- Murder in Mesopotamia, Agatha Christie

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.

- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!

- Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- 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.

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

People should be interested in books, not their authors.

- Agatha Christie

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.

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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....

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- Elephants Can Remember, Agatha Christie

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

- The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

You should employ your little grey cells

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

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

- Elephants Can Remember, Agatha Christie

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

- The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie

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.

- Agatha Christie

He laughs best who laughs at the end.

- The Big Four, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Moving Finger, Agatha Christie

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

- A Murder Is Announced, Agatha Christie

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.

- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie

Fear is incomplete knowledge

- Death Comes As the End, Agatha Christie

Be sure thy sin will find thee out.

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- They Do It with Mirrors, Agatha Christie

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

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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

- Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

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

- And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

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

- Evil Under the Sun, Agatha Christie

Evil is not any superhuman, but it is HUMAN.

- Agatha Christie

For in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth, people were bound to give themselves away …

- After the Funeral, 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.

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

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

- The A.B.C. Murders, Agatha Christie

Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.

- Death Comes As the End, Agatha Christie

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.

- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

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

- Peril at End House, Agatha Christie

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

- Lord Edgware Dies, Agatha Christie

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

- The Thirteen Problems, Agatha Christie

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

- Agatha Christie