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Quotes from Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie ·  322 pages

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“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it - often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“But I know human nature, my friend, and I tell you that, suddenly confronted with the possibility of being tried for murder, the most innocent person will lose his head and do the most absurd things.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“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, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“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, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“What's wrong with my proposition?" Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal-I do not like your face, M. Ratchett.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“I like to see an angry Englishman," said Poirot. "They are very amusing. The more emotional they feel the less command they have of language.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“I am not one to rely upon the expert procedure. It is the psychology I seek, not the fingerprint or the cigarette ash.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“The body—the cage—is everything of the most respectable—but through the bars, the wild animal looks out.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“You are the patient one, Mademoiselle,' said Poirot to Miss Debenham.

She shrugged her shoulders slightly. 'What else can one do?'

You are a philosopher, Mademoiselle.'

That implies a detached attitude. I think my attitude is more selfish. I have learned to save myself useless emotion.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Some of us, in the words of the divine Greta Garbo, want to be alone.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Then there are some minor points that strike me as suggestive - for instance, the position of Mrs. Hubbard's sponge bag, the name of Mrs. Armstrong's mother, the detective methods of Mr. Hardman, the suggestion of Mr. MacQueen that Ratchett himself destroyed the charred note we found, Princess Dragomiroff's Christian name, and a grease spot on a Hungarian passport.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“All around us are people, of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never, perhaps, to see each other again.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“As you yourself have said, what other explanation can there be?'

Poirot stared straight ahead of him. 'That is what I ask myself,' he said. 'That is what I never cease to ask myself.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“How fast you go. You arrive at a conclusion much sooner than I would permit myself to do.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“I believe, Messieurs, in loyalty---to one's friends and one's family and one's caste.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“I have learned to save myself useless emotion.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“What's wrong with my proposition?"
Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Vi pripadate Ligi naroda?
-Ja pripadam cijelom svijetu, madame, reče Poirot dramatično.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Poirot's eyes opened. "That is great ferocity," he said.

"It is a woman," said the chef de train, speaking for the first time. "Depend upon it, it was a woman. Only a woman would stab like that."

Dr. Constantine screwed up his face thoughtfully. "She must have been a very strong woman," he said. "It is not my desire to speak technically-that is only confusing; but I can assure you that two of the blows were delivered with such forces as to drive them through hard belts of bone and muscle."

"It was clearly not a scientific crime," said Poirot.

"It was most unscientific," returned Dr. Constantine.

"The blows seem to have been delivered haphazard and at random. Some have glanced off, doing hardly any damage. It is as though somebody had shut his eyes and then in a frenzy struck blindly again and again."

"C'est une femme," said the chef de train again. "Women are like that. When they are enraged they have great strength." He nodded so sagely that everyone suspected a personal experience of his own.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Because, you see, if the man were an invention—a fabrication—how much easier to make him disappear!”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“The happiness of one man and one woman is the greatest thing in all the world.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“At a 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. She sat very upright. Round her neck was a collar of very large pearls which, improbable though it seemed, were real. Her hands were covered with rings. Her sable coat was pushed back on her shoulders. A very small and expensive black toque was hideously unbecoming to the yellow, toad-like face beneath it.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“About Miss Debenham," he said rather awkwardly. "You can take it from me that she's all right. She's a pukka sahib.
"What," asked Dr. Constantine with interest, "does a pukka sahib mean?"

"It means," said Poirot, "that Miss Debenham's father and brothers were at the same kind of school as Colonel Arbuthnot was."
"Oh!" said Dr. Constantine, disappointed. "Then it has nothing to do with the crime at all."
"Exactly," said Poirot.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“In fact,' said Poirot, 'she stabbed him in the dark, not realising that he was dead already, but somehow deduced that he had a watch in his pyjama pocket, took it out, put back the hands blindly and gave it the requisite dent.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Lo imposible no puede haber sucedido; por tanto, lo imposible tiene que ser posible, a pesar de las apariencias.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“Are you really a detective, then?” “At your service, Madame.” “I thought there were no detectives on the train when it passed through Yugo-Slavia—not until one got to Italy.” “I am not a Yugo-Slavian detective, Madame. I am an international detective.” “You belong to the League of Nations?” “I belong to the world, Madame,” said Poirot dramatically.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


“In the words of a best seller, ‘You’ve nothing on me.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from Murder on the Orient Express


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Agatha Christie
Born place: in Torquay, Devon, England, The United Kingdom
Born date September 15, 1890
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