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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.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes)
The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes)
This is quite a three-pipe problem.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes)
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) A Case of Identity, 1892
You see, but you do not observe.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) A Scandal in Bohemia, 1892
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) The Sign of Four, 1890
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear, 1915
I’m not sure about whether I shall go. I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather — that is, when the fit is on me, for I can be spry enough at times.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in “A Study in Scarlet”
It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes in The Copper Beeches
Gregory: “Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze
I never guess. 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.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four, A Scandal in Bohemia

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