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15 of the Best Agatha Christie Quotes of All Time

Sage words from the Queen of Crime.

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The A.B.C. Murders

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

A Murder is Announced

“People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous. They seem to think life owes them something. I've known many an invalid who has suffered worse and been cut off from life much more . . . and they've managed to lead happy contented lives. It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.”

And Then There Were None

“You can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved.”

“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.”

At Bertram's Hotel

“I learned (what I suppose I really knew already) that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back—that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a One Way Street, isn’t it?”

Death Comes as the End

“Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.”

“Fear is incomplete knowledge.”

The Moving Finger

“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.”

Murder at the Vicarage

“The young people think the old people are fools — but the old people know the young people are fools.”

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

Murder on the Orient Express

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

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

“Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”

Sad Cypress

“When you're in the middle of a nightmare, something ordinary is the only hope. Anyway, ordinary things are the best. I've always thought so.”

“Ah, but life is like that! It does not permit you to arrange and order it as you will. It will not permit you to escape emotion, to live by the intellect and by reason! You cannot say, 'I will feel so much and no more.' Life, Mr. Welman, whatever else it is, is not reasonable.”

They Do It With Mirrors

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