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 )

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