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Always wear pants and brandish your hairbrush: the best Nancy Drew quotes for all moments in life

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The much beloved fictional crime-solver Nancy Drew is set to be brought to life once again, as the star of a new CBS TV series called Drew

The series will re-imagine teenage Nancy as a 30-year-old detective solving modern day crimes and, most importantly, the producers have promised she will not be cast as a caucasian actress. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, President of CBS Entertainment Glenn Geller said, “She is diverse, that is the way she is written. [She will] not [be] Caucasian. I’d be open to any ethnicity."

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Since she first appeared in children's books back in 1930, the super sleuth has been reborn in two TV series, five films and a string of computer games, all while selling over 80 million books worldwide.

To celebrate the news of the iconic character's latest reinvention, stylist.co.uk has pulled together our favourite Nancy Drew quotes for all times in life.

Her truisms are surreal and often bewilderingly specific - but for sheer entertainment factor, you just can't beat them. 

In the words of the great lady herself, “Theres only one thing left to do. I’m glad I wore pants."

A poster for a 1939 Nancy Drew film

A poster for a 1939 Nancy Drew film

Nancy Drew on...

Being the fairer sex...

“If a guy’s hunch results in a dead-end, don’t flaunt your better judgement and intuition in front of him. Smirk secretly to yourself.” 

A guide to personal fitness...

“Spend time at the gym to build upper body strength. Detective work may require fending off a vicious hair pulling.” 

When you need a new hobby…

“Read, read, read. That's all I can say.” 

Crucial fashion advice…

“An old sack tied over your head by a criminal is not a very fashion-forward accessory.” 

The perfect put-down…

“I’ve fought imaginary elves that were stronger than you!” 

The struggle of trying to get on the property ladder...

“If someone is trying to buy a house and it suddenly becomes haunted, it’s probably not a coincidence.” 

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When you find yourself in a tricky situation…

“When lost in the mountains, try to put on a brave front for morale's sake.” 

When you're the victim of identity fraud…

“Beware of who you give autographs to - your signature might later be used to forge checks.” 

Staying calm in the face of danger...

“When threatened with a hairbrush by a vicious woman, remain calm and speak in cold level tones.”  

On leaving work, at work...

“I don't promise to forget the mystery, but I know I'll have a marvelous time.”

The crucial importance of humility...

“I have solved some mysteries, I'll admit, and I enjoy it, but I'm sure there are many other girls who could do the same.” 

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