Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

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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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on art and facts

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It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognise out of a number of facts which are incidental and which are vital . . . .

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Gregory, in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, "Silver Blaze," 1893.

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1902, ch. 2

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on family and wives

Steel True, Blade Straight *In 1955, Doyle's family sold Windlesham, which was turned into a hotel. The bodies of Conan Doyle and his wife, Jean, were moved to a grave at Minstead Churchyard, Hampshire.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Windlesham Estate*; Crowborough, Sussex, England

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on curiosity and dogs

". . . the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime." "The dog did nothing in the nighttime." "That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894. Silver Blaze

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on danger and reason

How dangerous it is to reason from insufficient data.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Data Data Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

Source: Sherlock Holmes in A Case of Identity.

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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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