Quotes of Arthur Conan Doyle

“ There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ The little things are infinitely the most important. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ From the first day I met her, she was the only woman to me. Every day of that voyage I loved her more, and many a time since have I kneeled down in the darkness of the night watch and kissed the deck of that ship because I knew her dear feet had trod it. She was never engaged to me. She treated me as fairly as ever a woman treated a man. I have no complaint to make. It was all love on my side, and all good comradeship and friendship on hers. When we parted she was a free woman, but I could never again be a free man. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ 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. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ My dear Watson," said [Sherlock Holmes], "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. ”

- 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

“ Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?' 'To the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime.' 'The dog did nothing in the nighttime.' 'That was the curious incident,' remarked Sherlock Holmes. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ The ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. If there is not some compensation hereafter, then the world is a cruel jest. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ There is a danger there a very real danger to humanity. Consider, Watson, that the material, the sensual, the worldly would all prolong their worthless lives. The spiritual would not avoid the call to something higher. It would be the survival of the least fit. What sort of cesspool may not our poor world become? ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ The devil’s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not? ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It is easy to be wise after the event. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ A sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violinland, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ What a lovely thing a rose is!" He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a mossrose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects. "There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It's a very cheery thing to come into London by any of these lines which run high and allow you to look down upon the houses like this." I thought he was joking, for the view was sordid enough, but he soon explained himself. "Look at those big, isolated clumps of buildings rising up above the slates, like brick islands in a leadcoloured sea." "The boardschools." "Lighthouses, my boy! Beacons of the future! Capsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each, out of which will spring the wiser, better England of the future. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ I think that I had better go, Holmes." "Not a bit, doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It has always seemed to me that so long as you produce your dramatic effect, accuracy of detail matters little. I have never striven for it and I have made some bad mistakes in consequence. What matter if I hold my readers? ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It is a pity he did not write in pencil. As you have no doubt frequently observed, the impression usually goes through a fact which has dissolved many a happy marriage. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ What a lovely thing a rose is!" He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a mossrose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects. "There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Dr. Watson's summary list of Sherlock Holmes's strengths and weaknesses: "1. Knowledge of Literature: Nil. 2. Knowledge of Philosophy: Nil. 3. Knowledge of Astronomy: Nil. 4. Knowledge of Politics: Feeble. 5. Knowledge of Botany: Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium, and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening. 6. Knowledge of Geology: Practical but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them. 7. Knowledge of Chemistry: Profound. 8. Knowledge of Anatomy: Accurate but unsystematic. 9. Knowledge of Sensational Literature: Immense. He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century. 10. Plays the violin well. 11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer, and swordsman. 12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It is only when you touch the higher that you realize how low we may be among the possibilities of creation. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Problems may be solved in the study which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to use all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment. ”

- Arthur Conan Doyle

“ Problems may be solved in the study which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to use all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment. ”

- 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

“ There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book. ”

- 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
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