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The Labours of Hercules

Agatha Christie

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.”

“My remarks are, as always, apt, sound, and to the point. (Hercule Poirot)”

“These blondes, sir, they're responsible for a lot of trouble.”

“Got on! Got on! It's not a question of getting on. That's the wrong view altogether. The Classics aren't a ladder leading to quick success.”

“I gather," he added, "that you've never had much time to study the classics?" "That is so." "Pity. Pity. You've missed a lot. Everyone should be made to study the classics, if I had my way." Poirot shrugged his shoulders."Eh bien, I have got on very well without them." "Got on! Got on? It's not a question of getting on. That's the wrong view all together. The classics aren't a ladder leading to quick success, like a modern correspondence course! It's not a man's working hours that are important--it's his leisure hours. That's the mistake we all make. Take yourself now, you're getting on, you'll be wanting to get out of things, to take things easy--what are you going to do then with your leisure hours?”

“Mon cher docteur! Do you not think I know the female mentality? The village gossip, it is based always, always on the relations of the sexes. If a man poisons his wife in order to travel to the North Pole or to enjoy the peace of a bachelor existence—it would not interest his fellow-villagers for a minute!”

“It is fundamentals that matter --- not the trappings. (Alice Cunningham)”

“Poirot, watching him, felt suddenly a doubt--an uncomfortable twinge. Was there, here, something that he had missed? Some richness of the spirit? Sadness crept over him. Yes, he should have become acquainted with the classics. Long ago. Now, alas, it was too late....”

“Can one build an honest house on dishonest foundation? I do not know. But I do know that I want to try. (Edward Ferrier)”

“It's really very unpleasant. And not being able to say anything to answer back makes it rankle more, if you know what I mean.”

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Book Keywords:

literature, gossip, classics, retirement, poirot, regret, blondes, humour, leisure

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