Agatha Christie Quotes

Most popular Agatha Christie Quotes

Beauty is the only thing worth living for.
— Agatha Christie
Achievement brings with it its own anticlimax.

achievement

Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master.

imagination

Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

friendship murder

The tragedy of life is that people do not change.

change tragedy life

I'm a sausage machine, a perfect sausage machine.
Writers are diffident creatures—they need encouragement.

encouragement

Anyone who has never really loved has never really lived.

love

You cannot give to people what they are incapable of receiving.

Giving

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

evil

To rush into explanations and excuses is always a sign of weakness.

excuses

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

habit

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

men and women men deceit love cynical

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

money trust

Time does not dispose of a question—it only presents it anew in a different guise.

asking questions

Inside, it was clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way around.

bookstore

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

New York City

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

husband

You show me anyone who's lived to over seventy, and you show me a fighter—someone who's got the will to live.
— Agatha Christie

aging age 70

What they need is a little immorality in their lives. Then they wouldn't be so busy looking for it in other people's.

immorality

To the scientific mind, truth comes first.  Truth, however bitter, can be accepted, and woven into a design for living.

truth

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

love

It has been said, you know—and I think quite truly—that you can only really get under anybody's skin if you are married to them.

marriage

To care passionately for another human creature brings always more sorrow than joy; but all the same...one would not be without that experience.

caring

The saddest thing in life and the hardest to live through is the knowledge that there is someone you love very much whom you cannot save from suffering.

suffering love

I've a theory that one can always get anything one wants if one will pay the price.  And do you know what the price is, nine times out of ten?  Compromise.

compromise

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.

necessity

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.
— Agatha Christie

genius

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

mother

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.

love sheep

Everyone, my friend, demands a spice of danger in their lives.  Some get it vicariously—as in bullfights.  Some read about it.  Some find it at the cinema.  But I am sure of this—too much safety is abhorrent to the nature of a human being.

danger safety

Men find danger in many ways—women are reduced to finding their danger mostly in affairs of sex. That is why, perhaps, they welcome the hint of the tiger—the sheathed claws, the treacherous spring.  The excellent fellow who will make a good and kind husband—they pass him by.

men and women