Agatha Christie
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"Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie", Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire/DBE was an English Crime fiction/crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romance novel/romances under the name "Mary Westmacott", but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence/Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap.

Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially unsuccessful at getting her work published; but in 1920 The Bodley Head press published her novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Hercule Poirot. This launched her literary career.

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I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.

If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody.

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.

The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn.

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

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

Everything that has existed, lingers in the Eternity.

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.

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

Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.

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

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.

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

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.

The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened before you.

No country can be described as free- but each has different degrees of bondage.

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.

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.

Very few of us are what we seem.

Your travel life has the aspect of a dream. It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it. It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again. It brings occasional homesickness, and loneliness, and pangs of longing... But you are like the Vikings who have gone into a world of adventure, and home is not home until you return.