Top 10 Quotes in Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Quotes

(as compiled by Randall Stock, with context and notes,


  1. “Excellent! I cried. “Elementary,” said he. ( The Crooked Man )


  1. You know my methods, Watson. ( The Crooked Man )


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


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


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


  1. To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.     ( A Scandal in Bohemia )


  1. It is the unofficial force—the Baker Street irregulars.     ( The Sign of Four )


  1. The fair sex is your department.     ( The Second Stain )


  1. “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”      “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”      “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.   ( Silver Blaze )


  1. They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!     ( The Hound of the Baskervilles )

Top 12 Short Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The top 12 Sherlock Holmes Short Stories:

Chosen by the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1927

  1. The Speckled Band
  2. The Red-Headed League
  3. The Dancing Men
  4.  The Final Problem
  5.  A Scandal in Bohemia
  6.  The Empty House
  7.  The Five Orange Pips
  8.  The Second Stain
  9.  The Devil’s Foot
  10.  The Priory School
  11.  The Musgrave Ritual
  12.  The Reigate Squire

 1944-1999 Survey Results (compiled by Randall Stock,

  1. The Speckled Band
  2. The Red-Headed League
  3. A Scandal in Bohemia
  4. Silver Blaze
  5. The Blue Carbuncle
  6. The Musgrave Ritual
  7. The Final Problem
  8. The Empty House
  9. The Dancing Men
  10. The Six Napoleons
  11. The Bruce-Partington Plans
  12. The Man with the Twisted Lip