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Quotes from Hercule Poirot

2nd August 2018

Methodical, determined and refined, Hercule Poirot's character is as complex as it is beloved. To celebrate the arrival of The Mystery of Thee Quarters, the third Hercule Poirot continuaton novel by Sophie Hannah, we've collated some of the famous Belgian detective's own words and opinions. 

'Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend', observed Poirot philosophically. 'You cannot mix up sentiment and reason.'
The Mysterious Affair at Styles, on suspects
Hercule Poirot's methods are his own. Order and method, and 'the little grey cells'.
The Big Four, on being an individual
I do not need to bend and measure the footprints and pick up the cigarette ends and examine the bent blades of grass. It is enough for me to sit back in my chair and think.
Five Little Pigs, on his methodical approach
In England the cult of the moustache is lamentably neglected
Dumb Witness, on appearance
It is not the past that matters, but the future
Death on the Nile, on progress
Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, on the art of detection
It is a profound belief of mine that if you can induce a person to talk to you for long enough, on any subject whatever! Sooner or later they will give themselves away.
After the Funeral, on human behaviour
If you will allow Poirot to offer you a piece of wise advice: the pursuit of revenge is rarely a good idea.
The Mystery of Three Quarters, on revenge

Share your own favourite Belgian detective quotes with us on social media, using #Poirotisms. Discover Poirot's latest adventure in The Mystery of Three Quarters, published this August in the UK and the US.

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