For, as Mr. Ferguson was saying at that minute in Luxor, it is not the past that matters but the future.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Why harrow oneself by looking on the worst side?... Because it is sometimes necessary.

My good Japp, is it possible that you throw the mud in my eyes? I know well enough that it is the Chinaman you suspect. But you are so artful. You want me to help you—and yet you drag the red kipper across the trail.

A slightly uncommon condition of the some-long-word. Nothing at all serious, but it just needs putting right. A simple treatment.

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

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

One mustn't refuse the unusual, if it is offered to one.

A man in love is an awful sight.

There was a moment's stupefied silence. Japp, who was the least surprised of any of us, was the first to speak.

I'm always getting forgotten, said the grizzled doctor sadly. I must have a very inconspicuous personality.

Do you remember the Lady of Shalott? The mirror crack'd from side to side: ‘The doom has come upon me,' cried the Lady of Shalott. Well, that's what she looked like. People laugh at Tennyson nowadays, but the Lady of Shalott always thrilled me when I was young and it still does.

My dear Boris, can you not take a joke?" "Was it a joke?

Different kinds of danger suit different kinds of people...

Spider's Web * The Unexpected.

I disdained to argue, and entrenched my curiosity behind a rampart of pretended indifference.