Best Quotes from the Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Top Ten

1 “Our hobbies and recreations can be summed up in the one word: ‘gossip’."
2 “It is completely unimportant. That’s why it’s so interesting.”
3 “I felt he were looking at the case from some peculiar angle of his own, and what he saw I could not tell.”
4 “Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it…Messieurs et mesdames, I tell you, I mean to know. And I shall know – in spite of you all.”
5 “Everyone had a hand in the elucidation of the mystery. It was rather like a jig-saw puzzle to which everyone contributed their own little piece of knowledge or discovery. But their task ended there. To Poirot alone belongs the renown of fitting thos
6 “My friend Hastings, he of whom I told you, used to say of me that I was a human oyster. But he was unjust. Of facts, I keep nothing to myself. But to everyone his own interpretations of them.”
7 But you can figure to yourself that a man may work towards a certain object, may labour and toil to attain a certain kind of leisure and occupation, and then find that, after all, he yearns for the old busy days, and the old occupations that he thought
8 “One must always proceed with method. I made an error in judgment in asking you that question. To each man his own knowledge."
9 “Everyone had a hand in the elucidation of the mystery. It was rather like a jig-saw puzzle to which everyone contributed their own little piece of knowledge or discovery."
10 "Perhaps it never will be – and if so he will go to his grave honored and respected by everyone. But let us suppose that something occurs.”
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