If Ideas Had Shapes

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

“But are we to give serious attention to such things? This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.”

from “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – His Last Bow (1917)

“…Besides, on general principles it is best that I should not leave the country. Scotland Yard feels lonely without me, and it causes an unhealthy excitement among the criminal classes.”

from “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

“The old wheel turns, and the same spoke comes up. It’s all been done before, and will be again.”

from The Valley of Fear, of Moriarty

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

“Who was I? What did I want? What did I mean by asking questions? He had a fine flow of language, and his adjectives were very vigorous.”

from “The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

“It is a singular thing, but I find that a concentrated atmosphere helps a concentration of thought. I have not pushed it to the length of getting into a box to think, but that is the logical outcome of my convictions.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

“On the contrary, I have been to Devonshire.”

“In spirit?”

“Exactly. My body has remained in this armchair and has, I regret to observe, consumed in my absence two large pots of coffee and an incredible amount of tobacco.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

“When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

“A very commonplace little murder,” said he. “You’ve got something better, I fancy. You are the stormy petrel of crime, Watson. What is it?”

from “The Naval Treaty”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)

“There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger’s Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere.”

from “The Greek Interpreter”