Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

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 love and science

Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: The Sign of Four.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on present

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The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes to Watson, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "Copper Beeches," 1892.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The bow was made in England: Of true wood, of yew wood. The wood of English bows.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: The Song of the Bow, st. 1

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on excellence

"Excellent!" I [Watson] cried. "Elementary." said he [Holmes]. Watson talking to Sherlock Holmes in The Crooked Man

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894 Watson talking to Sherlock Holmes in The Crooked Man

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