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Born in May 22, 1859 / Died in July 7, 1930 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Doyle Arthur Conan

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it.
The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.
Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.
There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.
Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.
Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.
When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
We can't command our love, but we can our actions.
As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.
I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.
Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.
As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.
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.