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Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes


Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was a British writer, most famous as the creator of the character Sherlock Holmes.
(1859 - 1930)

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A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.
 

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
 

A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.
 

Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
 

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
 

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
 

Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example.
 

Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
 

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.
 

From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
 

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.
 

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
 

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.
 

I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.
 

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.
 

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

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

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
 

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
 

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
 


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