It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.
Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
“See here!” he continued, handing a paper over to me, “look at this!” It was the Echo for the day, and the paragraph to which he pointed was devoted to the case in question. “The public,” it said, “have lost a sensational treat through the sudden death of the man Hope, who was suspected of […]
My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining lights 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.
I have learned never to ridicule any man’s opinion, however strange it may seem.
You know my method, Watson. It is founded on the observances of trifles.
Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual labor, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else.
I read nothing but the criminal news and the agony column. The latter is always instructive.
The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.