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Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
You know my method, Watson. It is founded on the observances of trifles.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really merely commonplaces of existence.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
The bow was made in England: Of true wood, of yew wood. The wood of English bows.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know.
—  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. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
How dangerous it is to reason from insufficient data.
—  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. Sherlock Holmes speaking with Dr. Watson.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
'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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
You mentioned your name as if I should recognise it, but beyond the obvious facts that you are a bachelor, a solicitor, a Freemason and an asthmatic, I know nothing whatsoever about you.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
All other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime you should dwell.
—  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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
Like all Holmes' reasoning, the thing seemed simplicity itself when it was once explained. Dr. Watson, speaking of Sherlock Holmes.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
From a drop of water a logician could predict an Atlantic or a Niagara.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle
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.
—  Arthur Conan Doyle

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