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Sherlock Holmes Quotes from A Study in Scarlet

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A Study in Scarlet

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“To a great mind, nothing is little.” — A Study in Scarlet (1887)

“Let me see—what are my other shortcomings? I get in the dumps at times, and don’t open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I’ll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It’s just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together.” — A Study in Scarlet (1887)

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” — A Study in Scarlet (1887)

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.” — A Study in Scarlet (1887)

“It is a mistake to confound strangeness with mystery.” — A Study in Scarlet (1887)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Sign of the Four

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The Sign of the Four

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” — The Sign of the Four (1890)

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“I abhor the dull routine of existence.” — The Sign of the Four (1890)

“I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.” — The Sign of the Four (1890)

“A strange enigma is man.” — The Sign of the Four (1890)

“But love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things.” — The Sign of the Four (1890)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“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.” — "A Scandal in Bohemia" (1891)

“You see, but you do not observe.” — "A Scandal in Bohemia" (1891)

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“My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so.” — "The Red-Headed League" (1891)

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” — "A Case of Identity" (1891)

“Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.” — "A Case of Identity" (1891)

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” — "A Case of Identity (1891)

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” — "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" (1891)

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“But it is better to learn wisdom late than never learn it at all.” — "The Man with the Twisted Lip" (1891)

"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.” — "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (1892)

“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.” — "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (1892)

“It's a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brain to crime it is the worst of all.” — "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (1892)

“Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.” — "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" (1892)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“I follow my own methods, and tell as much or as little as I choose. That is the advantage of being unofficial.” — "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" (1892)

“A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman’s love, however badly he may have treated her.” — "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" (1893)

“It’s every man’s business to see justice done.” — "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" (1893)

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“I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.” — "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" (1893)

“It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal.” — "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" (1893)

“My horror at his crimes was lost in my admiration at his skill.” — "The Final Problem" (1893)

“It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.” — "The Final Problem" (1893)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.” — The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“Work is the best antidote of sorrow, my dear Watson.” — "The Adventure of the Empty House" (1903)

“The game is afoot.” — "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" (1904)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from The Valley of Fear

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The Valley of Fear

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” — The Valley of Fear (1914)

Sherlock Holmes Quotes from His Last Bow

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His Last Bow

By Arthur Conan Doyle

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.” — "The Adventure of the Red Circle" (1911)

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“I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?” — "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" (1913)

“I should prefer that you do not mention my name at all in connection with this case, as I choose to be only associated with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution.” — "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1893)

“I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.” — "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" (1921)

“Come at once if convenient—if inconvenient come all the same.” — "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" (1923)

“Is not all life pathetic and futile? Is not his story a microcosm of the whole? We reach. We grasp. And what is left in our hands at the end? A shadow. Or worse than a shadow—misery.” — "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman" (1926)

“Your life is not your own. Keep your hands off it.” — "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger" (1927)