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born 1890

At age 30, Agatha Christie had to push through multiple rejections to get her first novel published. She received a pittance for her manuscript once it was finally accepted. However, during her lifetime, Agatha would achieve the status of pop culture icon as one of the world's greatest crime writers. 

Through 66 thrilling novels, she popularized characters such as the dapper Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the inquisitive spinster Miss Marple. Agatha has become the most widely translated and adapted, best-selling author of all time. International acclaim for her work hasn't died down since her death. Her estate still grosses nearly $70 million annually.

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her quotes

all quotes by Agatha Christie (11)

"With method and logic one can accomplish anything."

Poirot Investigates | march 1924

"It is completely unimportant...That is why it is so interesting."

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | 1926

"I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them."

Hercule Poirot in The Mystery of the Blue Train | 1928

"Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions."

Hercule Poirot in The ABC Murders | 1936

"Fear is incomplete knowledge."

Death Comes as the End | 1945

"What any woman saw in some particular man was beyond the comprehension of the average intelligent male. It just was so. A woman who could be intelligent about everything else in the world could be a complete fool when it came to some particular man."

After the Funeral | 1953

"The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is an indulgence of my own, since it recalls to me, very pleasurably, the Christmases of my youth."

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding | october 1960

"Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it."

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography | january 1977

"I don't think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness."

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography | 1977

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography | 1977

"One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing…to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one!"

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography | november 1977
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