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Sherlock Holmes Quotes

47 of the best book quotes from Sherlock Holmes
  1. #1
    “I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather.”
  2. #2
    “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”
  3. #3
    “I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?”
  4. #4
    “A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman’s love, however badly he may have treated her.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “Under such circumstances I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”
  7. #7
    “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.
  8. #8
    “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
  1. #9
    “My dear Watson, you were born to be a man of action. Your instinct is always to do something energetic.”
  2. #10
    “The past and the present are within my field of inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer.”
  3. #11
    “Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last.”
  4. #12
    “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”
  5. #13
    “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.”
  6. #14
    “What further inferences may we draw?”
    “Do none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!”
  7. #15
    “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”
  8. #16
    “Life is infinitely 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. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”
  1. #17
    “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
  2. #18
    “For an instant he sat in silent amazement. Then he burst into a hearty laugh.”
  3. #19
    “The game is afoot.”
  4. #20
    “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
  5. #21
    “He burst into one of his rare fits of laughter as he turned away from the picture. I have not heard him laugh often, and it has always boded ill to somebody.”
  6. #22
    “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.”
  7. #23
    “No man burdens his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so.”
  8. #24
    “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.”
  1. #25
    “Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.”
  2. #26
    “I’m not a psychopath, I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.”
  3. #27
    “To a great mind, nothing is little,′ remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
  4. #28
    “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.”
  5. #29
    “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.”
  6. #30
    “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
  7. #31
    “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.”
  8. #32
  1. #33
    “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.”
  2. #34
    “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.”
  3. #35
    “When Dr. Mortimer had finished reading this singular narrative he pushed his spectacles up on his forehead and stared across at Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The latter yawned and tossed the end of his cigarette into the fire.
    “Well?” said he.
    “Do you not find it interesting?”
    “To a collector of fairy-tales.”
  4. #36
    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!”
  5. #37
    Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered:
    “Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”
  6. #38
  7. #39
    ″‘Then let me have the private ones.’ He leaned back, put his finger-tips together, and assumed his most impassive and judicial expression.”
  8. #40
    “There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.”
  1. #41
    “I must thank you,” said Sherlock Holmes, “for calling my attention to a case which certainly presents some features of interest. I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases.”
  2. #42
    “Never have I seen a man run as Holmes ran that night.”
  3. #43
    “It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”
  4. #44
    “Yes, we should have a full day to-day,” he remarked, and he rubbed his hands with the joy of action.”
  5. #45
    “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!”
  6. #46
    “You may be right.”
    “The probability lies in that direction.”
  7. #47
    “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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