I Followed You." "I Saw No One." "That Is What You May Expect To See When I Follow You.
"I followed you."
"I saw no one."
"That is what you may expect to see when I follow you."
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Foot"
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
-- Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Sign of Fou...
You see but you do not observe. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holme
Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.
You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid....
The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest.
-- Sherlock Holmes [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle]...
it is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself.
If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though possibly a meretricious, effect....
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts....
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear", 1914...
Anything else you wish to draw to my attention, Mr.
Holmes ?" "The curious incident of the stable dog in the nighttime....
I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule. -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle