10 Of The Most Famous Sherlock Holmes Quotes

Sherlock Holmes has been around for quite some time. Some argue he is as old as Scotland Yard. Others think he is as old as European civilization rebirth. To tell you the truth, we really don’t know much about his origins – but there is something we know very well about him, his quotes. Here are the most famous and most memorable Sherlock Holmes quotes.

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

This quote from the valley of Fear is all about differentiating the weak from the strong. It’s expected of Sherlock Holmes with his genius.


  1. “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know”

Sherlock Holmes is all about solving mysteries. His very work means he has to understand what every other intellect can’t. (The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle)


  1. “Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons, with the greatest for the last”

This sounds like something a philosophy teacher would tell his student. Its precise and sensible and educational. (His Last Bow)


  1. “I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix”

Well, we all know the brain can’t work without the rest of the body. But again, the digestive system still needs the appendix, and Holmes said it. We accept it. (The Adventure of Mazarin Stone)

  1. “I’m not a psychopath. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research well”

Sherlock’s escapades and thought trains could easily have you mistake him for a psycho. He doesn’t agree with you. (Sherlock TV Series)


  1. “Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore, it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.”

I am sure the police and citizens at large would learn a lot from this quote. You will forgive more. They will solve more crimes. (The Adventure of Copper Beeches)

  1. “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact”

Now this is something we can readily identify with. Take care. It might make you paranoid. (The Boscombe Valley Mystery)

  1. “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent”

This is proof that the Frankenstein’s Monster is a myth. Else Sherlock wouldn’t attest to this. (The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes).

  1. ““My mind,” he said, “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. “

We all know Sherlock gets crazy when he has no mystery to solve. He doesn’t prefer watching mysteries like we do. He prefers solving them. (The Sigh of Four).

  1. “It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”

Everyone can’t be a genius. Perhaps that will make some of us feel better.

Sherlock Holmes is not only witty but also cryptic. A careful investigation of all his conversations always yields something that you can easily identify with or use to make your life better.

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