Agatha Christie Quotes

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

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

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

  • Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

  • If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.

  • There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

  • The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me.

  • I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.

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

  • Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.

  • I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

  • Very few of us are what we seem.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.

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

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

  • 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.

  • These little grey cells. It is up to them.

  • Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

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

  • There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.

  • I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't, luckily, have to bother about that.

  • Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

  • 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.

  • Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.