Poirot Quotes

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Agatha Christie
“I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Agatha Christie
“Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill.”
Agatha Christie, Curtain

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
“You've a pretty good nerve," said Ratchett. "Will twenty thousand dollars tempt you?"

It will not."

If you're holding out for more, you won't get it. I know what a thing's worth to me."

I, also M. Ratchett."

What's wrong with my proposition?"

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

Agatha Christie
“Sometimes I feel sure he is as mad as a hatter and then, just as he is at his maddest, I find there is a method in his madness.”
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie
“At the small table, sitting very upright, was one of the ugliest old ladies he had ever seen. It was an ugliness of distinction - it fascinated rather than repelled.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie
“Poirot said placidly, “One does not, you know, employ merely the muscles. I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It is enough for me to sit back in my chair and think. It is this – ” he tapped his egg-shaped head – “this, that functions!”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie
“Trains are relentless things, aren't they, Monsieur Poirot? People are murdered and die, but they go on just the same. I am talking nonsense, but you know what I mean."
"Yes, yes, I know. Life is like a train, Mademoiselle. It goes on. And it is a good thing that that is so."
"Why?"
"Because the train gets to its journey's end at last, and there is a proverb about that in your language, Mademoiselle."
"'Journey's end in lovers meeting.'" Lenox laughed. "That is not going to be true for me."
"Yes--yes, it is true. You are young, younger than you yourself know. Trust the train, Mademoiselle, for it is le bon Dieu who drives it."
The whistle of the engine came again.
"Trust the train, Mademoiselle," murmured Poirot again. "And trust Hercule Poirot. He knows.”
Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train

Agatha Christie
“There is no telling what a human character is. Until the test comes. To most of us the test comes early in life. A man is confronted quite soon with the necessity to stand on his own feet, to face dangers and difficulties and to take his own line of dealing with them. It may be the straight way, it may be the crooked way --- whichever it is, a man usually learns early just what he is made of.”
agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“But Aunt Maureen makes smashing omelettes." Julia Upjohn.

"She makes smashing omelettes." Poirot's voice was happy. He sighed.

"Then Hercule Poirot has not lived in vain, he said. It was I who taught your Aunt Maureen to make an omelette.”
Agatha Christie, Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie
“Do you believe in the value of truth, my dear, or don’t you?”

“Of course I believe in the truth,” said Rhoda, staring.

“Yes, you say that, but perhaps you haven’t thought about it. The truth hurts sometimes – and destroys one’s illusions.”

“I’d rather have it all the same.” said Rhoda.

“So would I. But I don’t know that we’re wise.”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie
“Oh! Do not excite yourself. Shall I say that he interested me because he was trying to grow a mustache and as yet the result is poor." Poirot stroked his own magnificent mustache tenderly. "It is an art," he murmured, "the growing of the mustache! I have sympathy for all who attempt it.”
Agatha Christie, Surprise! Surprise!

Agatha Christie
“A statesman in these days has a difficult task. He has to pursue the policy he deems advantageous to his country, but he has at the same time to recognize the force of popular feeling. Popular feeling is very often sentimental, muddleheaded, and eminently unsound, but it cannot be disregarded for all that.”
Agatha Christie, Murder in the Mews

Agatha Christie
“Miss Bulstrode had another faculty which demonstrated her superiority over most other women. She could listen.”
Agatha Christie, Cat Among the Pigeons
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Agatha Christie
“I have always disapproved of murder.”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table
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Agatha Christie
“Hercule Poirot spread out his hands in his most foreign manner.”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

Agatha Christie
“My dear Poirot, it's not for me to dictate to you. You have a right to your own opinion, just as I have mine.”
Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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Agatha Christie
“Don't you know, you idiot, that that is what every fool of a woman says about her child?
Miss Bulstrode's thoughts.”
Agatha Christie, Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie
“Well,” said Adam, as Poirot went out. “First girls’ knees, and now draughtsmanship! What next, I wonder!”
Agatha Christie, Cat Among the Pigeons
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Agatha Christie
“What one does not tell to Papa Poirot he finds out.”
Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
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Agatha Christie
“Excuse me, Monsieur Poirot. If you'd like to ask any questions, I'm sure the doctor wouldn't mind.

Of course not. Of course not. Great admirer of yours, Monsieur Poirot. Little gray cells -- order and method. I know all about it.”
Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table
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Agatha Christie
“We all have the little grey cells. And so few of us know how to use them.”
Agatha Christie, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman: A Short Story

Agatha Christie
“Mas não tão inteligente quanto Hercule Poirot!”
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie
“This hunting of the fox, you need the dogs, no?'
'Hounds,' I corrected gently. 'Yes, of course.'
'But yet,' Poirot wagged his finger at me. 'You did not descend from your horse and run along the ground smelling with your nose and uttering loud Ow Ows?”
Agatha Christie, The Murder on the Links

Agatha Christie
“—La naturaleza humana es así. Usted y yo, señor Blake, que conocemos el
mundo, no nos hacemos ilusiones en cuanto se refiere a nuestros semejantes. No es
mala gente la mayoría; pero no como para idealizarla, desde luego.”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie
“He has a kind of genius for going to the root of the matter, and right up to the end no one has any idea of what he is really thinking.”
Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train
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Sophie Hannah
“I've had no practice at talking to famous detectives in my own kitchen.”
Sophie Hannah, The Mystery of Three Quarters
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Agatha Christie
“—La naturaleza humana es así. Usted y yo, señor Blake, que conocemos el mundo, no nos hacemos ilusiones en cuanto se refiere a nuestros semejantes. No es mala gente la mayoría; pero no como para idealizarla, desde luego.”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

Agatha Christie
“M. Poirot, almost certainly the criminal; the only man on board who could create a psychological moment.”
Agatha Christie, Death in the Clouds

Agatha Christie
“Caroline was a rotter. She was a rotter through and through. Mind you, she had charm. She had that kind of sweetness of manner that deceives people utterly. She had a frail, helpless look about her that appealed to people’s chivalry. Sometimes, when I’ve read a bit of history, I think Mary Queen of Scots must have been a bit like her. Always sweet and unfortunate and magnetic—and actually a cold calculating woman, a scheming woman who planned the murder of Darnley and got away with it. Caroline was like that—a cold, calculating planner. And she had a wicked temper”
Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs

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