Quotations From AGATHA CHRISTIE

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  • 1.
    There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation!... A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.
    Agatha Christie (1891-1976), British mystery writer. Poirot, in The ABC Murders, ch. 31 (1936).

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    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 (1891-1976), British mystery writer. Poirot, in The ABC Murders, ch. 17 (1936).
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    An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
    Agatha Christie (1891-1976), British mystery writer. Quoted in news report (March 9, 1954). Christie later denied this remark, attributed to her by her second husband, Sir Max Mallowan.

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  • 4.
    Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. Hercule Poirot, in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, ch. 11 (1920).

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    These little grey cells. It is "up to them."
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. Hercule Poirot, in The Mysterious Affair at Styles, ch. 10 (1920). Christie's first detective novel introduced both Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and Poirot's famous reference to the efficacy of brain-power—the "little grey cells"Mto solve mysteries, a faith he drew attention to in almost every subsequent appearance.
  • 6.
    One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom for the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).

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