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Dr. Watson Quotes

17 of the best book quotes from Dr. Watson
  1. #1
    “Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.”
  2. #2
    “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
  3. #3
    “By heavens, Holmes,” I said, half rising, “I believe that they are really after us.”
    “No, it’s not quite so bad as that. It is the unofficial force—the Baker Street irregulars.”
  4. #4
    “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.”
  5. #5
    “Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
  6. #6
    “My dear Watson, you were born to be a man of action. Your instinct is always to do something energetic.”
  7. #7
    “What further inferences may we draw?”
    “Do none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!”
  8. #8
    “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.”
  1. #9
    “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
    “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
    “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.
  2. #10
    “Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at. Perhaps that is why we are so subtly influenced by it. There are vague memories in our souls of those misty centuries when the world was in its childhood.′
    That’s a rather broad idea,′ I remarked.
    One’s ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature,′ he answered.”
  3. #11
    “You may be right.”
    “The probability lies in that direction.”
  4. #12
    “How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”
  5. #13
  6. #14
    Holmes and Watson are on a camping trip. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes up and gives Dr. Watson a nudge. “Watson” he says, “look up in the sky and tell me what you see.”
    “I see millions of stars, Holmes,” says Watson.
    “And what do you conclude from that, Watson?”
    Watson thinks for a moment. “Well,” he says, “astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meterologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I see that God is all-powerful, and we are small and insignificant. Uh, what does it tell you, Holmes?”
    “Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!”
  7. #15
    “I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth.”
  8. #16
    “You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected.”
  9. #17
    “Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.”

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