Quotations From SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

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  • 11.
    When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, speaking of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, in "The Speckled Band," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892).
  • 12.
    A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Man with the Twisted Lip," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891).
  • 13.
    "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he, "it makes you quite invaluable as a companion."
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Man with the Twisted Lip," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891).

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  • 14.
    You will, I am sure, agree with me that ... if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in The Valley of Fear, ch. 1 (1915).
  • 15.
    Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in The Sign of Four, ch. 1 (1890).
  • 16.
    When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in The Sign of Four, ch. 6 (1889).

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  • 17.
    I never guess. It is a shocking habit—destructive to the logical faculty.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in The Sign of Four, ch. 1 (1890).
  • 18.
    His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Watson referring to Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 2, 1887.
  • 19.
    Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Victor Trevor, in "The 'Gloria Scott,'" The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892).
  • 20.
    Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. The Valley of Fear, ch. 1 (1915).
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