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Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes and Sayings

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is the article of faith.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart,
cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart,
and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence,
it can only be attained through understanding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The main goal of the future is to stop violence.
The world is addicted to it.
- Bill Cosby

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

I object to violence because
when it appears to do good,
the good is only temporary;
the evil it does is permanent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Interesting.
You Earth people glorify organized violence for 40 centuries,
but you imprison those who employ it privately.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Wrestling is ballet with violence.
- Jesse Ventura

My religion is based on truth and non-violence.
Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realizing Him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
- Roger Kahn

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- Don DeLillo

Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation,
and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands
prevails over that of those who obey.
- Denis Diderot

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
- Isaac Asimov

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress,
as well for his defence against injury and violence,
as for his repose.
- Edward Coke

If we go back in the history of different nations,
violence and the use of force are part of their heritage.
These are the traditions of mankind.
- Harri Holkeri


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