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SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Scottish detective-fiction writer
(1859 - 1930)
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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.
      - [Knowledge]

I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.
      - [Women]

I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
      - [Work]

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
      - [Littleness]

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
      - [Mediocrity]

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind.
      - A Scandal in Bohemia [Books (First Lines)]

In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon.
      - A Study in Scarlet [Books (First Lines)]

From a drop of water a logician could predict an Atlantic or a Niagara.
      - A Study is Scarlet [Logic]

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
      - Scandal in Bohemia [Logic]

I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix. Therefore, it is the brain I must consider.
      - The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone [Brain]

On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic.
      - The Adventure of the Speckled Band
        [Books (First Lines)]

The approach to the offices of Girdlestone and Co. was not a very dignified one, nor would the uninitiated who traversed it form any conception of the commercial prosperity of the firm in question.
      - The Firm of Girdlestone
        [Books (First Lines)]

Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before.
      - The Hound of the Baskervilles (ch. 1)
        [Books (First Lines)]

Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth--a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self. If anything could have driven me from Gladys, it would have been the thought of such a father-in-law.
      - The Lost World [Books (First Lines)]

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
      - The Sign of Four (ch. 6) [Truth]

Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist, all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally, he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined armchair with a long sigh of satisfaction.
      - The Sign of the Four [Books (First Lines)]

"I am inclined to think--" said I.
  "I should do so," Sherlock Holmes remarked, impatiently.
    I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals, but I admit that I was annoyed at the sardonic interruption.
      "Really, Holmes," said I, severely, "you are a little trying at times."
      - The Valley of Fear [Books (First Lines)]

The great bell of Beaulieu was ringing. Far away through the forest might be heard its musical clangor and swell.
      - The White Company [Books (First Lines)]


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