Quote 27 Apr 44 notes

'I fear I lied to him. Perhaps it would have been wiser had I told the truth.'

'It is usually wiser to tell the truth. But why did you lie to him?'

'Because the fate of someone else depended upon it.'


Mrs. Ronder and Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger

Quote 16 Mar 29 notes

'We give you best, Holmes. I believe you are the devil himself.'

'Not far from him, at any rate,' Holmes answered with a polite smile.


The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

Quote 15 Mar 8 notes
But the incident is an admirable starting-point for an investigation. After all, a bicycle is not an easy thing to conceal or to destroy.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Priory School

Quote 14 Mar 43 notes
That’s the hand I play from. I put it all upon the table. But one card is missing. It’s the king of diamonds.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone

Quote 9 Mar 12 notes
But even now my visit may not be entirely fruitless.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Black Peter

Quote 8 Mar 36 notes
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?

Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four

(Source: thescienceofdeduction.co.uk)

Quote 7 Mar 15 notes
The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution if you only know how to use it.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons

Quote 6 Mar 24 notes
For once you have fallen low. Let us see in the future how high you can rise.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Three Students

Quote 5 Mar 37 notes

Two months had gone by, and the case had to some extent passed from our minds. Then one morning there came an enigmatic note slipped into our letter box. ‘Dear me, Mr. Holmes. Dear me!’ said this singular epistle. There was neither superscription nor signature. I laughed at the quaint message; but Holmes showed unwonted seriousness.

'Deviltry, Watson!' he remarked, and sat long with a clouded brow.


John Watson, The Valley of Fear

Quote 4 Mar 26 notes
I have a theory that the individual represents in his development the whole procession of his ancestors, and that such a sudden turn to good or evil stands for some strong influence which came into the line of his pedigree. The person becomes, as it were, the epitome of the history of his own family.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Empty House

Quote 3 Mar 192 notes
So it was, my dear Watson, that at two o’clock to-day I found myself in my old arm-chair in my own old room, and only wishing that I could have seen my old friend Watson in the other chair which he has so often adorned.

Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Empty House

Quote 1 Mar 30 notes
I have been guilty of several monographs. They are all upon technical subjects. Here, for example, is one ‘Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccos’. In it I enumerate a hundred and forty forms of cigar, cigarette, and pipe tobacco, with coloured plates illustrating the difference in the ash.

Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four

Quote 28 Feb 58 notes
I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases.

Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Quote 26 Feb 33 notes
Yes,—a queer mongrel, with a most amazing power of scent. I would rather have Toby’s help than that of the whole detective force of London.

Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of the Four

(Source: mollyhooper.co.uk)

Quote 24 Feb 42 notes

'Why,' said I, glancing up at my companion, 'that was surely the bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?'

'Except yourself I have none,' he answered. 'I do not encourage visitors.'


John Watson, The Five Orange Pips

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