Curiosity, or what she preferred herself to call ‘taking an interest' in other people's affairs, was undoubtedly one of Miss Marple's characteristics.

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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A trifle, a little, the likeness of a dream. And death comes as the end.

Iris was too languid and too used to Mrs. Drake's discursive style to inquire why the mention of Dr. Gaskell should have reminded her aunt of the local grocer, though had she done so, she would have received the immediate response: Because the grocer's name is Cranford, my dear. Aunt Lucilla's reasoning was always crystal clear to herself.

It's awfully easy to appear silly, Mr. Clement. It's one of the easiest things in the world.

Not selfish things, not things for herself; who could give to unwanted children love, care, a home. All these things she could buy for them, but not their love for her.

Yes, I like that—loyalty, I mean. It's out of fashion nowadays. She's an odd character, that girl—proud, reserved, stubborn, and terribly warm-hearted underneath, I fancy.

The two words expressed volumes.

You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.

Poirot sighed. He said The world is yours, the new heaven and the new earth. In your new world, my children, let there be freedom, and let there be pity. That is all I ask.

A ridiculous-looking little man. The sort of little man one could never take seriously.

Marriage, I have always held, is a serious affair, to be entered into only after long deliberation and forethought, and suitability of tastes adn inclinations is the most important consideration.

To keep something wild is far more difficult than to preserve it.

There are crimes that cannot be brought home to their perpetrators. Instance the Rogerses'. Another instance, old Wargrave, who committed his murder strictly within the law.

If you care for money too much, it is only the money you see, everything else is in shadow.

It takes more than a printed notice to keep you from reality. . . . We've only one life to live.