Agatha Christie · 317 pages
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“A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep.”
“I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
“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."
"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.”
“...إن الرجل الطيب قد يهلكه حبه لامرأة سيئة - والعكس صحيح أيضا- فالرجل الشرير قد يهلكه حبه لامرأة طيبة”
“The expected has happened, and when the expected happens, it always causes me emotion.”
“Ah, mais c'est Anglais ca," he murmured, "everything in black and white, everything clear cut and well defined. But life, it is not like that, Mademoiselle. There are things that are not yet, but which cast their shadow before.”
“I am not mad. I am eccentric perhaps--at least certain people say so; but as regards my profession. I am very much as one says, 'all there.”
“You tell your lies and you think nobody knows. But there are two people who know. Yes- two people. One is le bon Dieu - and the other is Hercule Poirot”
“A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love, he can't help looking like a sheep. Now, whenever that young man looked at you, he looked like a sheep. I take back all I said this morning. It is genuine.”
“Katherine Grey was born with the power of managing old ladies, dogs, and small boys, and she did it without any apparent sense of strain.”
“M. Van Aldin is an obstinate man," said Poirot drily. "I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
“But when a man is really in love he can't help looking like a sheep. Now whenever that young man looked he looked like a sheep I take back all is this morning. It is genuine.”
“those who have listened do not find it easy to talk; they keep their sorrows and joys to themselves and tell no one.”
“-يا آنسة، هذه الأشياء يصعب التعبير عنها. عندما رأيتك أول مرة تقفين متفرجة على الحياة وكنت تبدين هادئة مستمتعة كمن يرقب رواية تقدم أمامه.
-الآن أنت تراقبين المشهد، وقد يكون ما سأقوله مضحكًا، ولكن تبدو عليك نظرة الحرص التي تبدو على وجه مقاتل يقوم بلعبة صعبة”
“سيدي، لو أن طبيبًا يسير في الطريق فوقعت حادثة، فهل يقول لنفسه: لقد اعتزلت عملي وسأمضي في طريقي، بينما هنالك شخص ينزف حتى الموت تحت قدميه؟”
“I was wrong about that young man of yours. A man when he is making up to anybody can be cordial and gallant and full of little attentions and altogether charming. But when a man is really in love, he can't help looking like a sheep. Now, whenever that young man looked at you, he looked like a sheep. I take back all I said this morning. It is genuine.”
“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.” “ ‘Journeys 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.”
“In an Empire where rats ruled, he was the king of the rats.”
“Forse avete ragione, mademoiselle. Sapete, l'uomo che vi parla ha avuto modo di osservare il mondo in lungo e in largo, e così adesso so che due cose sono vere. Un uomo buono può essere rovinato dal suo amore per una donna cattiva...ma vale anche l'inverso. Un uomo cattivo può ugualmente essere rovinato dal suo amore per una donna buona."
Katherine si volse a guardarlo un pò incerta.
"Quando dite rovinato..."
"Intendo dal suo punto di vista. Uno deve mettere nel fare il male altrettanto trasporto che mette nel fare qualsiasi altra cosa.”
“Io non sono brava come voi, Monsieur Poirot. Metà delle cose che mi avete detto mi sembravano fatti sconclusionati e senza senso. Anche a me erano venute delle idee, ma da un angolo completamente diverso..."
"Ah, ma è sempre così", disse Poirot senza scomporsi. "Uno specchio mostra a tutti la stessa verità, ma ognuno la vede da angoli diversi, a seconda della posizione che ha rispetto a esso.”
“أنا لا أعني شيئًا، كل ما في الأمر أنني أرتب الحقائق”
“إنها مثل أي شخص بارد الأعصاب واثق من نفسه، عندما يفقد سيطرته على نفسه يفقدها تمامًا”
“إن سيدتي محظوظة فالشمس مشرقة، قد يحدث أن يصل المسافر إلى هنا ليجد الجو قاتمًا فينتابه شعور قوي بخيبة الأمل”
“¿Qué es importante y que no lo es? Nunca se puede decir. Hemos de fijarnos en los menores detalles.”
“I never prophesy," he declared pompously. "It is true that I have the habit of being always right - but I do not boast of it.”
“You tell your lies and you think nobody knows. But there are two people who know. Yes - two people. One is le bon Dieu -" He raised a hand to heaven, and then settling himself back in his chair and shutting his eyelids, he murmured comfortably: "And the other is Hercule Poirot.”
“Recuerde que en esta vida las cosas no son tan bonitas como parecen a primera vista.”
“Bueno, debe ser que el amor no logra adueñarse de nosotros hasta que tenemos cierta edad.”
“Todos nos vemos en el espejo de distintos ángulos, pero estamos todos ante él, y por lo tanto vemos también lo mismo.”
“El destino parece a veces burlarse de los serers humanos complaciéndose en descubrir lo que éstos quisieran conservar secreto.”
“Era peor la herida... eran peor muchas heridas... que saber la profundidad de lealtad y amor que yacía detrás de esa fría máscara. Los ojos severos y claros se apagaron por un momento, y los firmes labios se agitaron. Por una única vez alcancé a ver un gran corazón tan bien como un gran cerebro. Todos mis años de humildad así como de servicio fiel culminaron en ese momento de revelación.”
“Phaethon asked: “Do you think there is something wrong with the Sophotechs? We are Manorials, father! We let Rhadamanthus control our finances and property, umpire our disputes, teach our children, design our thoughtscapes, and even play matchmaker to find us wives and husbands!”
“Son, the Sophotechs may be sufficient to advise the Parliament on laws and rules. Laws are a matter of logic and common sense. Specially designed human-thinking versions, like Rhadamanthus, can tell us how to fulfill our desires and balance our account books. Those are questions of strategy, of efficient allocation of resources and time. But the Sophotechs, they cannot choose our desires for us. They cannot guide our culture, our values, our tastes. That is a question of the spirit.”
“Then what would you have us do? Would you change our laws?”
“Our mores, not our laws. There are many things which are repugnant, deadly to the spirit, and self-destructive, but which law should not forbid. Addiction, self-delusion, self-destruction, slander, perversion, love of ugliness. How can we discourage such things without the use of force? It was in response to this need that the College of Hortators evolved. Peacefully, by means of boycotts, public protests, denouncements, and shunnings, our society can maintain her sanity against the dangers to our spirit, to our humanity, to which such unboundried liberty, and such potent technology, exposes us.”
(...) But Phaethon certainly did not want to hear a lecture, not today. “Why are you telling me all this? What is the point?”
“Phaethon, I will let you pass through those doors, and, once through, you will have at your command all the powers and perquisites I myself possess. The point of my story is simple. The paradox of liberty of which you spoke before applies to our entire society. We cannot be free without being free to harm ourselves. Advances in technology can remove physical dangers from our lives, but, when they do, the spiritual dangers increase. By spiritual danger I mean a danger to your integrity, your decency, your sense of life. Against those dangers I warn you; you can be invulnerable, if you choose, because no spiritual danger can conquer you without your own consent. But, once they have your consent, those dangers are all-powerful, because no outside force can come to your aid. Spiritual dangers are always faced alone. It is for this reason that the Silver-Gray School was formed; it is for this reason that we practice the exercise of self-discipline. Once you pass those doors, my son, you will be one of us, and there will be nothing to restrain you from corruption and self-destruction except yourself.
“You have a bright and fiery soul, Phaethon, a power to do great things; but I fear you may one day unleash such a tempest of fire that you may consume yourself, and all the world around you.”
“The key is compromise and love, no matter what. There's always a little wiggle room to work with when you're both in it 'til the end." I”
“And at that moment, a lilting melody lifts to the moon as a single sparrow sings.”
“It was time for him to care for her. She’d given much of herself in the last few days. Far too much. She’d sealed her fate when she stepped in like a lioness protecting her cubs and watched over him so faithfully. She may or may not have made her ultimate decision on that bluff where he’d begged her for time to make things right. But now she was his. And nothing or no one would ever come between them. Not her family. Not his clan. He wasn’t ever going to give her up without one hell of a fight.”
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