The best Sherlock Holmes quotes.

A collection of the most profound Sherlock Holmes quotes extracted from The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, a comprised release containing 37 short stories from: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

These short stories were written by Arthur Conan Doyle between 1892 and 1905, and originally published in The Strand Magazine.

List updated as I progress through the stories!

Adventure i. A scandal in Bohemia 

“You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.”

“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

Adventure ii. The red-headed league 

“I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside of conventions and humdrum routine of every-day life.”

“You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique things are very often connected not with the larger but with the smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed where there is room for doubt whether any positive crime has been committed.”

“I begin to think, Watson, that I make a mistake in explaining. Omne ignotum pro magnifico, you know, and my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.”

“My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me do so.”

“L’homme c’est rien – l’œuvre c’est tout, as Gustave Flaubert wrote to Georges Sand.”

Adventure iii. A case of identity

“My dear fellow, life is stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence.”

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

Adventure iv: The Boscombe Valley mystery

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

“Well, I say now, as I said then, that 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.”

Adventure vi: The man with the twisted lip

“I confess that I have been as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late, than never at all.”

Adventure vii: The adventure of the blue carbuncle

“On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in drawing your inferences.”

Adventure x: The adventure of the noble bachelor

“My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau’s example.”

By Saxon Bosworth

Founder of Découvrir La Vie.

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