25 Best Sherlock Holmes Quotes

So, clearly, I'm still on my Sherlock Holmes kick.  Have decided to assemble all my favorite Great Detective quotes in one place.  Most of them fall under the heading of "general life wisdom".  Many of them I employ on a daily basis in my science classroom.  But sometimes they're specific to the canon - I just love them for what they are!
  1. "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - A Sign of Four
  2. "Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind of man could invent." - A Case of Identity
  3. "Now is the dramatic moment of fate, when you hear the step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill." - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  4. "The chief proof of man's greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness." - The Sign of Four
  5. "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." - The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  6. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts." - A Scandal in Bohemia
  7. "You see, but you do not observe." - A Scandal in Bohemia
  8. "The game is afoot!" - The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
  9. "When a doctor goes wrong, he is the first of criminals. He has the nerve and he has the knowledge." - The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  10. "You can tell an old master by the sweep of his brush. I can tell a Moriarty when I see one." - The Valley of Fear
  11. "Mr. Holmes - they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  12. "But Mr. Holmes, the dog did nothing in the nighttime." - "That is the curious incident!" - Silver Blaze
  13. "Data, data, data! ... I cannot make bricks without clay." - The Adventure of the Copper Beaches
  14. "My mind is like an engine tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up to the work for which it was intended." - The Man With the Twisted Lip
  15. "My mind rebels at stagnation." - The Sign of Four
  16. "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself." - The Valley of Fear
  17. "Crime is common. Logic is rare." - The Adventure of the Copper Beaches
  18. "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. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it." - A Study in Scarlet
  19. "To a great mind, nothing is little." - A Study in Scarlet
  20. "We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination." - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  21. "Come at once if convenient - if inconvenient, come all the same." - The Adventure of the Creeping Man
  22. "I followed you." - "I saw no one." - "That is what you may expect to see when I follow you." - The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
  23. "He [Moriarty] sits motionless, like a spider in the centre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them." - The Final Problem
  24. "Avoid the moor in those hours of darkness when the powers of evil are exalted." - The Hound of the Baskervilles
  25. "Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last." - The Red Circle

1 comment:

  1. Amazing Quotes..

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    Keep Up The Good Work..