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Quote Left His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to me to be such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it. You appear to be astonished, he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it. To forget it! You see, he explained, I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. But the Solar System! I protested. What the deuce is it to me? he interrupted impatiently: you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work. Quote Right
Quote Left Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult is it to bring it home. Quote Right
Quote Left It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really merely 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 planning, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations and leading to the most outer results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable. Quote Right
Quote Left My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. Quote Right
Quote Left At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society. Quote Right
Quote Left For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imaginati... Quote Right
Quote Left Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the mud stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime records unique, violin player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Quote Right
Quote Left Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognises genius. Quote Right
Quote Left It was all love on my side, and all good comradeship and friendship on hers. When we parted she was a free woman, but I could never again be a free man. Quote Right
Quote Left There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. Quote Right
Quote Left From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other. Quote Right
Quote Left The stage lost a fine actor, just as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime. Quote Right
Quote Left Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life, although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40, had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career than most of his brethren. Quote Right
Quote Left Mediocrity does not see higher than itself. But talent instantly recognizes the genius. Quote Right
Quote Left When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Quote Right
Quote Left ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Quote Right
Quote Left I never guess. It is a shocking habit -- destructive to the logical faculty. Quote Right
Quote Left Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil Quote Right
Quote Left Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another. Quote Right
Quote Left Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the mud stains from any regi... Quote Right
Quote Left You see, but you do not observe. Quote Right
Quote Left The chief proof of mans greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left This is quite a three-pipe problem. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Quote Right
Quote Left 'How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Quote Right
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