Browse Quotes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"I trust that age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety." ~ The Adventure of the Empty House


"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." ~ The Boscombe Valley Mystery


"We have had for some years in this household a housekeeper--one Sarah, with whose second name I have never attempted to burden my memory." ~ The Poison Belt


The future was with Fate. The present was our own. ~ The Poison Belt


"The true scientific mind is not to be tied down by its own conditions of time and space. It builds itself an observatory erected upon the border line of present, which separates the infinite past from the infinite future. From this sure post it makes its sallies even to the beginning and to the end of all things." ~ The Poison Belt


"Great sorrow or great joy should bring intense hunger--not abstinence from food, as our novelists will have it." ~ The Poison Belt


How wise and how merciful is that provision of nature by which his earthly anchor is usually loosened by many little imperceptible tugs, until his consciousness has drifted out of its untenable earthly harbor into the great sea beyond! ~ The Poison Belt


"Should you care to add the case to your annals, my dear Watson," said Holmes that evening, "it can only be as an example of that temporary eclipse to which even the best-balanced mind may be exposed. Such slips are common to all mortals, and the greatest is he who can recognize and repair them." ~ The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax


"There is one correspondent who is a sure draw, Watson. That is the bank. Single ladies must live, and their passbooks are compressed diaries." ~ The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax


"When you follow two deparate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth." ~ The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax


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