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Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I never guess.
It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

We can't command our love, but we can our actions.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

 

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

There is nothing more unaesthetic than a policeman.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

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Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

A trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still more so.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Circumstantial evidence is occasionally very convincing,
as when you find a trout in the milk,
to quote Thoreau's example.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

My mind 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.
But I abhor the dull routine of existence.
I crave for mental exaltation.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

You will, I am sure, agree with me that...
if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter,
the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

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.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by
the contemplation of a single bone,
so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link
in a series of incidents should be able to accurately
state all the other ones,
both before and after.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations
we must go to life itself,
which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is
the less mysterious it proves to be.
It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling,
just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Some facts should be suppressed, or,
at least,
a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains,
no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would,
when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings,
deduce from it not only all the chain of events which
led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers
and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility
of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or
heard of one or the other.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with
all the furniture that he is likely to use,
and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library,
where he can get it if he wants it.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

When you have eliminated the impossible,
whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things
are infinitely the most important.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible,
whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth?
- Arthur Conan Doyle

To the man who loves art for its own sake,
it is frequently in its least important and lowliest
manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I have seen too much not to know that the impression
of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion
of an analytical reasoner.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life,
although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40,
had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career
than most of his brethren.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present
a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling
and beautiful countryside.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition
of knowledge you forget something that you knew before.
It is of the highest importance, therefore,
not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent,
and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I have frequently gained my first real insight into
the character of parents by studying their children.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible,
whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals.
He has nerve and he has knowledge.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

There comes a time when the mind
takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there.
- Albert Einstein

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Forgive those who have injured you -
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
- Leo Buscaglia

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Never forget the three powerful resources
you always have available to you:
love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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