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

“Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.”

from “The Greek Interpreter”, Sherlock explaining his (and Mycroft’s) observational skill as partly hereditary

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

“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”

from “The Yellow Face”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“Good heavens!” I cried. “Who would associate crime with these dear old homesteads?”

“They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

from “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“We have got to the deductions and the inferences,” said Lestrade, winking at me. “I find it hard enough to tackle facts, Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies.”

“You are right,” said Holmes demurely; “you do find it very hard to tackle the facts.”

from “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing,” answered Holmes thoughtfully. “It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different.”

from “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“ ‘Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed everything of importance, but you have hit upon the general method, and you have a quick eye for colour.”

from “A Case of Identity”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace.”

from “A Case of Identity”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“It saved me from ennui,” he answered, yawning. “Alas! I already feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.”

from “The Red-Headed League”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“…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 “The Red-Headed League”; similar expressions in “A Case of Identity”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

“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.”

from “A Scandal in Bohemia”; see A. M. Turing, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” for a recently posted contradictory view.