Agatha Christie Quotes and Sayings

The Best Agatha Christie Quotes Ever:

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

~Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie on Living and Dying

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.

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.

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

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.

In the midst of life, we are in death.

Agatha Christie Quotes About Relationships

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

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.

A man doesn’t want to feel that a woman cares more for him than he cares for her. He doesn’t want to feel owned, body and soul. It’s that damned possessive attitude. This man is mine—he belongs to me! He wants to get away — to get free. He wants to own his woman; he doesn’t want her to own him

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

Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists

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.

Agatha Christie Quotes on Childhood and Parenting

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no aw, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path

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.

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

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

We are the same people as we were at three, six, ten or twenty years old. More noticeably so, perhaps, at six or seven, because we were not pretending so much then.

Agatha Christie Quotes about Writing

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

I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.

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

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

There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well

Agatha Christie Quotes on Crime and Criminals


Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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


Other Great Agatha Christie Quotes and Sayings

Agatha Christie Sayings

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

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

To every problem, there is a most simple solution

Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.

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

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

Life itself is an unsolved mystery

The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself- and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results

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

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

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.

An appreciative listener is always stimulating

Very few of us are what we seem.

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.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living.

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

There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation!

It’s astonishing in this world how things don’t turn out at all the way you expect them to.

An ugly voice repels me where an ugly face would not

The simplest explanation is always the most likely

Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master

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

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

Difficulties are made to be overcome.

It’s what’s in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming… suddenly you find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you.

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