Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Agatha Christie (1890-1976) wrote steadily, and then wrote some more. She published some 66 crime/detective novels, numerous short stories, and the longest running play of them all. Using a pen name, she also wrote a half dozen romance novels. Writing is one thing. Selling is another. Christie is credited with selling over four billion books in more than 100 languages. Is that possible? Here are but a few of the many interesting things she wrote:
"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them."
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
"There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger."
“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
"Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he's in love with her.'
“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”
"There's too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will."
"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."
“The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools.”
"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her."
"Too much mercy... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second."