Twenty Agatha Christie Quotes on her 130th Birthday

Agatha Christie – the most-translated author to date, a world best-selling author, writer of over seventy detective novels, and self-taught reader who got into writing through a dare – would be 130 today.

Born on September 15th, 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England, it seems Christie became one of the world’s greatest writers simply by coincidence. Her mother did not want her to learn how to read until she was eight, but out of boredom at the age of five, Christie decided to go ahead and teach herself to read anyway. She was homeschooled mostly by her father, which was quite unique for the time. Christie’s sister bet that she could not write a good detective novel, but Christie quickly laid that idea to rest through the publication of her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in the year 1920.

Some of Christie’s most-famous novels include Murder on the Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The A.B.C. Murders, and Death on the Nile. However, she also wrote under a pseudonym for a while, going by Mary Westmacott and writing six romance novels. She was married twice in her lifetime – first in 1914 to an aviator named Archie Christie. In her autobiography, she said it was the “excitement of a stranger” which brought them together, but the two divorced in 1928. During this marriage, Christie’s own life seemed to mirror her books when she disappeared for a short while.



On the night of December 3rd, 1926 she tucked her daughter, Rosalind, into bed before leaving, unannounced to anybody in the house. Her car was found abandoned on the side of the road, but Christie would not be seen for eleven days. She would be found at a hotel in Harrogate, unable to remember how she got there or even who she was. She checked into the hotel under the name of Theresa Neele, which even more oddly was the name of her husband’s mistress.  While it is believed that the disappearance was caused by Christie suffering a head injury in a car crash, nobody will ever know what really happened, nor would Christie ever speak about the incident in her lifetime.

Christie met her second husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan, in 1929 on the archaeological site at Ur and the two remained together until her death in 1976. Notably, it was a year before meeting her second husband that she would take her first ride on the Orient Express.


Agatha Christie and Max Mallowan
Agatha Christie and husband Max Mallowan


Agatha Christie was an absolute marvel of a woman and we celebrate her today with twenty of her most enlightening, comical, and mind-bending quotes:


“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

Murder on the Orient Express


“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them. ”

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography



“If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”


“Everyone is a potential murderer – in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill – though not the will to kill.”


“It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.”

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd





“Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.”


“Words, madmoiselle, are only the outer clothing of ideas.”

The A.B.C. Murders



“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”


“In the midst of life, we are in death.”

And Then There Were None


“Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.”
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories




“Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best.”

The Secret Adversary


“But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price.”

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography



“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


“One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late.”


“’Poirot,’ I said. ‘I have been thinking.’

‘An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.'”

Peril at End House




“One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.”


“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”

The Mysterious Affair at Styles


“One of the saddest things in life, is the things one remembers.”


“As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday.”

Agatha Christie: An Autobiography


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