Sherlock Holmes

#42870 Sherlock Holmes

Page numbers refer to The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (1981) .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about age
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It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about men
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There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about reason
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I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about stories
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I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air — or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. There I stayed for some time at a private hotel in the Strand, leading a comfortless, meaningless existence, and spending such money as I had, considerably more freely than I ought .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about time
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His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know nothing. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about philosophy
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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. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about knowledge
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Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the inquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about men
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The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical, are really extremely practical — so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about you
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It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact. .

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"They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains," he remarked with a smile. "It's a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work." .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about pain
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You know a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about work
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When a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions, it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about rain
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"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence," returned my companion, bitterly. "The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done? .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about people
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In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the everyday affairs of life it is more useful to reason forward, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about life
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There is no branch of detective science which is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about science
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I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about logic
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"Which is it to-day," I asked, "morphine or cocaine?" He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. "It is cocaine," he said, "a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?" .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about you
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"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world" .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about art
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I have been guilty of several monographs. They are all upon technical subjects. Here, for example, is one 'Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccos'. In it I enumerate a hundred and forty forms of cigar, cigarette, and pipe tobacco, with coloured plates illustrating the difference in the ash. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about lust
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Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about truth
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Hence the cocaine. I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses. What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them? Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about hope
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He smiled gently. "It is of the first importance," he cried, "not to allow your judgment to be biased by personal qualities. A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning. I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor." .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about art
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I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule. .

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"Holmes," I said in a whisper, "a child has done this horrid thing!" .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about child
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How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about truth
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You know my methods. Apply them. .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about you
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"What do you think of this, Holmes? Sholto was, on his own confession, with his brother last night. The brother died in a fit, on which Sholto walked off with the treasure? How's that?" "On which the dead man very considerately got up and locked the door on the inside." .

Sherlock Holmes Quotes about man
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It is the unofficial force — the Baker Street irregulars. .

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"Winwood Reade is good upon the subject," said Holmes. "He remarks that, while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician. .

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