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Agatha Christie Quotes

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie quotes: on the difference between amateur and professional writing, our number one weapon in life, her “drug of choice,” and more.

“I’m sure you have a theme: the theme of your life.  You can embellish it or desecrate it, but it’s your theme, and as long as you follow it, you will experience harmony and peace of mind.”

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

“With method and logic one can accomplish anything.”

“Courage is the resolution to face the unforeseen.”

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

“The human mind prefers to be spoonfed 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.”

“Fear is incomplete knowledge.”

“Difficulties are made to be overcome.”

“With thought, all problems can be resolved.”

“Ideas are like everything else.  They’ve got to be marketed.”

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

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

“Any coincidence is worth noticing.  You can throw it away later if it is only a coincidence.”

“An appreciative listener is always stimulating.”

“One must accept the fact that we have only one companion in this world, a companion who accompanies us from the cradle to the grave – our own self.  Get on good terms with that companion.  Learn to live with yourself.”

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

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

Never tell all you know – not even to the person you know best.”

“Of course I despise money when I haven’t got any.  It’s the only dignified thing to do.”

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

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

“Assumptions are dangerous things.”

“Obsessions are always dangerous.”

“To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.”

“We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness – either enforced or voluntary.”

“Very few of us are what we seem.”

“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.”

“Nobody knows what another person is thinking.  They may imagine they do, but they are nearly always wrong.”

“The young people think the old people are fools – but the old people know the young people are fools.”

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

“Our weapon is our knowledge.  But remember, it may be a knowledge we may not know that we possess.”

“I learned that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back – that the essence of life is going forward.  Life is really a one way street, isn’t it?”

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

“Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.”

“Books are a habit-forming drug.”

“Writers are diffident creatures – they need encouragement.”

“Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.”

“I can’t imagine why everybody is always so keen for authors to talk about writing.  I should have thought it was an author’s business to write, not talk.”

“I am not mad.  I am eccentric perhaps – at least certain people say so; but in regards to my profession I am very much, as one says, ‘all there.'”

“I, myself, was always recognized as the ‘slow one’ in the family.  It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it.  Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me.  My letters were without originality.  I was an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.”

“I started writing my stories at 18 years old.  Furthermore, you must know my mother was a good storyteller and a passionate writer and, obviously, I became a passionate writer, as well.”

“I always wrote stories about things I knew, namely my life, my experience, the places and the people I met.  Sometimes, to sketch a story in my block notes it was sufficient a talk, a discussion or opinions I heard at a dinner party, for instance.   Plots come to me at such odd moments, when I am walking along the street, or examining a hat shop… suddenly a splendid idea comes into my head.”

“When you begin to write, you are usually in the throes of admiration for some writer, and, whether you will or not, you cannot help copying their style.  Often it is not a style that suits you, and so you write badly.  But as time goes on you are less influenced by admiration.  You will admire certain writers, you may even wish you could write like them, but you know quite well that you can’t.  I have learned that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, ‘me can do,’ but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.”

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

“I learned in the end never to say anything about a book before it was written.  Criticism after you have written it is helpful.  You can argue the point, or you can give in, but at least you know how it has struck one reader.  Your own description of what you are going to write, however, sounds so futile, that to be told kindly that it won’t do meets with your instant agreement.”

“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.”

“I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find – at the age of 50, say – that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about.  It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“What can I say now?  Thank God for my good life, and for all the love that has been given to me.”

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