Quotations From SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

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  • 21.
    "The plot thickens," he said, as I entered.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes to Watson, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 5 (1887).
  • 22.
    The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes to Watson, in "Copper Beeches," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892).

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  • 23.
    There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Thaddeus Sholto, in The Sign of Four, ch. 4 (1889).
  • 24.
    I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 2 (1887). Holmes made a similar comparison in The Five Orange Pips. See also Doyle's comment under "libraries."

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  • 25.
    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).
  • 26.
    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.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Five Orange Pips," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892). Holmes expressed a similar idea in "A Study in Scarlet." See also Doyle's remark under "Mind, the."
  • 27.
    It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Final Problem," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892).

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  • 28.
    Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 5 (1887).

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  • 29.
    It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "A Case of Identity," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892).
  • 30.
    We can't command our love, but we can our actions.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Mrs. Moulton, in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891).

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