Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on problems

It is quite a three-pipe problem.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Red-Headed League.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on failure, friendship, reason, and timidity

"I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing your inferences."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on impossibility and truth

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on habits and logic

I never guess. It is a shocking habit - destructive to the logical faculty.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of Four, ch. 1, 1890.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on simplicity

Like all Holmes' reasoning, the thing seemed simplicity itself when it was once explained. Dr. Watson, speaking of Sherlock Holmes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Stockbroker's Clerk

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on ideas and nature

Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet, 1887.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I can never bring you to realize the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "A Case of Identity," 1892.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on audiences, dependence, difficulty, simplicity, and starting

It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though perhaps a meretricious, effect.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Dancing Men"

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What one man can invent another can discover. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Dancing Men.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on crime, duty, laws, and play

'It is my duty to warn you that it will be used against you,' cried the Inspector, with the magnificent fair play of the British criminal law.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1891. The Dancing Men

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