Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 

33 Magical Quotes From the Master Detective

If you’ve read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, you know how witty Holmes can be in these stories.

Sometimes, he is downright condescending and almost rips Watson apart.

At other times, he states deep life truths with mind-blowing clarity.

At still other times, he is funnily boastful.

Intelligent,  interesting, principled, funny, deep, insightful, and sometimes boastful - our hero rocks! ;-) 

By the Way...

If YOU have a favorite Holmesian quote, don't forget to add it right here! I am compiling a list of the best Sherlock Holmes quotes chosen by readers.

So then, let's begin. 

Grab your coffee. Or your glass of water. Or your chin ( I do that some times when I read quotes). And relish this Holmesian quotes collection from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.


"I see it, I deduce it...You see, but you do not observe."

A Scandal in Bohemia

"You did not know where to look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring you to realise the important of sleeves, the suggestiveness of thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a bootlace. "

A Case of Identity

"...a man should keep his little brain-attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it."

The Five Orange Pips


"...Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting."

A Scandal in Bohemia

"When a woman thinks her house is on fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she values most....A married woman grabs at her baby; an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box. "

A Scandal in Bohemia

"Oscillation upon the pavement always means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet, even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom is  a broken bell wire."

A Case of Identity

My Favourite Sherlock Holmes Quotes

By the way, here's my list of the best Sherlock Holmes quotes from across all Sherlock Holmes stories and novels!

"You may remember the old Persian saying, ´There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.´"

A Case of Identity


"It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

A Scandal in Bohemia

"...the strangest and most unique things are very often connected not with the larger but with the smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for doubt whether any positive crime has been committed."

The Red Headed League

"...there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace."

A Case of Identity

"As a rule...the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify."

The Red Headed League

The more bizarre a case is, the easier it is to solve - says Holmes

"...it is usually in unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive."

The Red Headed League

"It has long been an axion of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."

A Case of Identity

"Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details."

A Case of Identity

"It is a curious thing...that a typewriter has really quite as much individuality as a man’s handwriting. Unless they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike."

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

"Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing...it may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different."

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

"The ideal reasoner...would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it."

The Five Orange Pips

"There is nothing more important than trifles."

The Man With the Twisted Lip

There is nothing more important than 'trifles'

"...how dangerous it always is to reason from insufficient data."

The Speckled Band

"...when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains however improbable, must be the truth."

The Beryl Coronet

"Data! Data! Data!...I can’t make bricks without clay."

The Copper Beeches


"I am the last court of appeal."

The Five Orange Pips

"I shall be my own Police. When I have spun the web they may take the flies, but not before."

The Five Orange Pips

"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know."

The Blue Carbuncle

"...it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed there."

The Copper Beeches




"My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so."

The Red Headed League


"...for strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination."

The Red Headed League

"Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another."

The Speckled Band

"...life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and forseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable."

A Case of Identity


"I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his case."

The Noble Bachelor

"To the man who loves art for its own sake...it is frequently in its least important manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived."

The Copper Beeches

"If I claim full justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing - a thing beyond myself."

The Copper Beeches


Aren't these quotes from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes endearing and informative at the same time?

I love 'em!


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