Hercule Poirot Quotes

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Agatha Christie
“It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without." ~ Poirot”
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“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. [Hercule Poirot]”
Agatha Christie, Sad Cypress

P.G. Wodehouse
“I mean, imagine how some unfortunate Master Criminal would feel, on coming down to do a murder at the old Grange, if he found that not only was Sherlock Holmes putting in the weekend there, but Hercule Poirot, as well." ~ Bertram "Bertie" Wooster”
P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters

Agatha Christie
“Unless you are good at guessing, it is not much use being a detective.”
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“I am all that there is of the most real.”
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“Ah, but my dear sir, the why must never be obvious. That is the whole point.”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

“She might have trusted you. But Mademoiselle Katherine has spent a great deal of her life listening, and those who have listened do not find it easy to talk; they keep their sorrows and joys to themselves and tell no one”
Hercule Poirot, The mystery of the blue train, Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“I, Hercule Poirot, am not amused.”
Agatha Christie, The Hollow

Agatha Christie
“Hercule Poirot spread out his hands in his most foreign manner.”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie
“If you've lost, you've lost.”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie
“It takes more than a printed notice to keep you from reality. . . . We've only one life to live.”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie
“M. Van Aldin is an obstinate man," said Poirot drily. "I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Agatha Christie
“You belong to the League of Nations?’
‘I belong to the world, Madame,’ said Poirot dramatically.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie
“Use your eyes. Use your ears. Use your brains---if you've got any. And, if necessary--act.”
Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

“Take what you want and pay for it, says God.”
Proverb

Agatha Christie
“For whom will a woman lie? Sometimes for herself, usually for the man she loves, always for her children.”
Agatha Christie, The Murder on the Links

Agatha Christie
“Flowers never look so lovely as they do in Paris in the market there.”
Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party

Agatha Christie
“Do you know what you sound like?' said Mrs. Oliver. 'A computer. You know. You're programming yourself. That's what they call it, isn't it? I mean you're feeding all these things into yourself all day and then you're going to see what comes out.”
Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party

Agatha Christie
“If you will forgive me for being personal—I do not like your face, M. Ratchett,’ Poirot said.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie
“I know there's a proverb which says, 'To err is human' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do it if tries.”
Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party

Agatha Christie
“I can admire the perfect murderer--I can also admire a tiger-- that splendid tawny-striped beast. But I will admire him from outside his cage. I will not go inside.
That is to say, not unless it is my duty to do so. For you see, Mr. Shaitana, the tiger might spring. . . .”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie
“Ugly as sin, but she makes herself felt. You agree?”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie
“Old Francoise has the common idea as regards the English--that they are mad, and liable to do the most unaccountable things at any moment.”
Agatha Christie, The Murder on the Links

Agatha Christie
“But then, how do you know?'
'Because I am Hercule Poirot! I do not need to be told.”
Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie
“When the sun shines you cannot see the moon," he said. "But when the sun is gone--ah, when the sun is gone.”
Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile - a Parker Pyne Short Story

Agatha Christie
“We cannot catch a train earlier than the time that it leaves, and to ruin one's clothes will not be the least helpful in preventing a murder.”
Agatha Christie, The A.B.C. Murders

Agatha Christie
“Drink up your wine,' ordered Poirot.”
Agatha Christie, The A.B.C. Murders

Agatha Christie
“Stephen pulled up the collar of his coat as he walked briskly along the platform. Overhead a dim fog clouded the station. Large engines hissed superbly, throwing off clouds of steam into the cold raw air. Everything was dirty and smoke‐grimed.”
Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot's Christmas

Agatha Christie
“Why not now as much as before? Nothing has changed."

"But the evidence is so conclusive."

"Yes, too conclusive."

We turned in at the gate of Leastways Cottage, and proceeded up the now familiar stairs.

"Yes, yes, too conclusive," continued Poirot, almost to himself. "Real evidence is usually vague and unsatisfactory. It has to be examined--sifted. But here the whole thing is cut and dried. No, my friend, this evidence has been very cleverly manufactured--so cleverly that it has defeated its own ends."

"How do you make that out?"

"Because, so long as the evidence against him was vague and intangible, it was very hard to disprove. But, in his anxiety, the criminal has drawn the net so closely that one cut will set Inglethorp free.”
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie
“I looked at Poirot in silent amazement. The colossal cheek of the little man! Who on earth but Poirot would have thought of a trial for murder as a restorer of conjugal happiness!

"I perceive your thoughts, mon ami," said Poirot, smiling at me. "No one but Hercule Poirot would have attempted such a thing! And you are wrong in condemning it. The happiness of one man and woman is the greatest thing in all the world.”
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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