Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

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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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mr. Sherlock Holmes,who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: opening line of The Hound of the Baskervilles

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on faults, logic, and mind

Ah! my dear Watson, there we come into those realms of conjecture, where the most logical mind may be at fault. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of the Empty House

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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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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on facts, knowledge, and solution

If the fresh facts come to our knowledge all fit themselves into the scheme, then our hypothesis may gradually become a solution. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on experience, learning, and time

We all learn by experience, and your lesson this time is that you should never lose sight of the alternative. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of Black Peter

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on beginning, facts, mistakes, and theory

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in Scandal in Bohemia.

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