Quotation Explorer - '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
That's rather a broad idea," I remarked. "One's ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature," he answered. - Arthur Conan Doyle
Well, Watson, what do you make of it?'Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.'How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head.''I have, at least, a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me', said he. - Arthur Conan Doyle
The larger crimes are apt to be the simpler, for the bigger the crime, the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive. - Arthur Conan Doyle
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. - Arthur Conan Doyle
There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book. - Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. - Arthur Conan Doyle
I have never loved, Watson, but if I did and if the woman I loved had met such an end, I might act even as our lawless lion-hunter has done. - Arthur Conan Doyle
The big blank spaces in the map are all being filled in, and there's no room for romance anywhere. - 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
It has always seemed to me that so long as you produce your dramatic effect, accuracy of detail matters little. I have never striven for it and I have made some bad mistakes in consequence. What matter if I hold my readers? - Arthur Conan Doyle
Picnics are very dear to those who are in the first stage of the tender passion. - Arthur Conan Doyle
Accounts are not quite settled between us," said she, with a passion that equaled my own. "I can love, and I can hate. You had your choice. You chose to spurn the first; now you must test the other. - Arthur Conan Doyle
The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods. - Arthur Conan Doyle
Some friend of yours, perhaps?""Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage visitors. - Arthur Conan Doyle
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. - Arthur Conan Doyle
There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world. - Arthur Conan Doyle
You know, Watson, I don't mind confessing to you that I have always had an idea that I would have made a highly efficient criminal. --Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
That head of yours should be for use as well asornament. - Arthur Conan Doyle
(...) My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built. - Arthur Conan Doyle
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