“Excellent!” I cried. “Elementary,” said he. (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)

You know my methods, Watson. (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes)

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? (The Sign of the Four)

The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. (A Study in Scarlet)

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To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department. (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty. (The Sign of the Four)

I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories. (Dr. Watson about Holmes)
(A Study in Scarlet)

It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment. (A Study in Scarlet)

You know my methods. Apply them. (The Sign of the Four)

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? (The Sign of the Four)

You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles. (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination. (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

I had little doubt that I had come to the end of my career when I perceived the somewhat sinister figure of the late Professor Moriarty standing upon the narrow pathway which led to safety. (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

What one man can invent another can discover. (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation. (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Let us hear the suspicions. I will look after the proofs. (The Return of Sherlock Holmes)

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. (The Valley of Fear)

Everything in this world is relative, my dear Watson. (His Last Bow)

To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine. It racks itself to pieces. (His Last Bow)

I have my plans. The first thing is to exaggerate my injuries. (The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)

I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go. (The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)

We must look for consistency. Where there is a want of it we must suspect deception. (The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)

“I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to see a sister of mine apply for.”

“I can’t make bricks without clay.”

“I am glad of all details, whether they seem to you to be relevant or not.”

“My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the parents. Don’t you see that the converse is equally valid. I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.”

“We can but try.”
“Sorry to see that you’ve had the British workman in the house. He’s a token of evil. “

“It is one of those instances where the reasoner can produce an effect which seems remarkable to his neighbor, because the latter has missed the one little point which is the basis of the deduction.”

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