Posted by: Jodi | April 3, 2011

Quickly Quotable #53 – Arthur Conan Doyle

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

“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.”

“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”

“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.”

“Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.”

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Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Born: 22 May 1859
  • Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Died: 7 July 1930 (heart attack)
  • Best Known As: The creator of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland and studied medicine there, eventually serving as a physician in the Boer War (1899-1902). But his fame rests on his creation of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle published his first Holmes tale, A Study in Scarlet, in 1887. Over the following 40 years he published 56 short stories and four novels featuring Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Holmes was a keen observer, relentlessly logical and a master of deduction from the smallest of clues — traits that made him a model for many later detectives, and made Doyle a model for many later mystery writers. Late in life Doyle became closely interested in mysticism and wrote the 1926 book A History of Spiritualism.

Doyle was knighted in 1903 for his services to the crown, including his authorship of the 1902 pamphlet The War in South Africa… Doyle also created Holmes’s nemesis, the arch-villain Professor Moriarty… Doyle and Dr. Watson have much in common: both are medical doctors, both are writers, and both served in the British Army… According to his New York Times obituary, Doyle was married to the former Louise Hawkins from 1885 until her death in 1906. He was married again to the former Jean Leckie from 1907 until his own death in 1930. Doyle had two children with his first wife, three with his second.
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Responses

  1. A great man, and he wrote not only Sherlock Holmes but a brilliant short story called Lot No. 249, one the best and scariest short stories I’ve ever read.

    • I’m going to have to look that one up! Thanks for the heads up.

  2. He wrote linearly. And was the f irst mystery writer as well as the first detective stories.

    • And he did it brilliantly! The genre of mystery and suspense he opened up for other writers is amazing.

  3. Love me some ACD.

    • Now I need to go and find some more of him to read!


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