Arthur Conan Doyle · 709 pages
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“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.”
“Am dining at Goldini's Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington. Please come at once and join me there. Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver. S. H." It was a nice equipment for a respectable citizen to carry through the dim, fog-draped streets.”
“The most serious point in the case is the disposition of the child."
What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated.
My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining insight as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.”
“Oh how I've missed you, Holmes.”
“It may have been a comedy, or it may have been a tragedy. It cost one man his reason, it cost me a blood-letting, and it cost yet another man the penalties of the law. Yet there was certainly an element of comedy. Well, you shall judge for yourselves.”
“My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built. Life is commonplace; the papers are sterile; audacity and romance seem to have passed forever from the criminal world. Can you ask me, then, whether I am ready to look into any new problem, however trivial it may prove?”
“Holmes laughed. "Watson insists that I am the dramatist in real life," said he. "Some touch of the artist wells up within me, and calls insistently for a well-staged performance. Surely our profession, Mr. Mac, would be a drab and sordid one if we did not sometimes set the scene so as to glorify our results. The blunt accusation, the brutal tap upon the shoulder - what can one make of such a denouement? But the quick inference, the subtle trap, the clever forecast of coming events, the triumphant vindication of bold theories - are these not the pride and the justification of our life's work? At the present moment you thrill with the glamour of the situation and the anticipation of the hunt. Where would be that thrill if I had been as definite as a timetable?”
“I don't take much stock of detectives in novels - chaps that do things and never let you see how they do them. That's just inspiration: not business.”
“no era aquel un momento para dimes y diretes.”
“Populus me sibilat, at mihi plaudo. Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca.”
“«Este hombre tal vez sea muy inteligente, pero, desde luego, es insufriblemente engreído».”
“DÉCOR : Un salon dans la maison des Murray, vieille demeure triste et en mauvais état, dans un lointain quartier de Londres. Cependant, la pièce est vaste et conserve un certain aspect de grandeur. Un escalier au fond de la pièce conduit au premier étage, dont on entrevoit le palier. À droite, une porte donnant dans le vestibule. Une large fenêtre occupe la plus grande partie du côté droit.”
“Parece que el saber que uno ha hecho todo lo posible, ayuda a enfrentarse con el peligro. No queda entonces otro recurso que el de esperar con calma el resultado. En”
“el castigo sólo produce placer a quien lo administra si la víctima tiene tiempo de conocer sus principales detalles y la personalidad de su ejecutor.”
“pero más vale aprender tarde que no aprender nunca.”
“Chaldean roots which are surely to be traced in the Cornish branch of the great Celtic speech.”
“-No hay nada tan engañoso como un hecho evidente -respondió”
“I would not tell them too much. Women are never to be entirely trusted,—not the best of them.”
“El conocimiento siempre da más conocimiento, del mismo modo que el dinero da más interés.”
“We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”
“If I have learned anything in a lifetime spent overseeing schools, it is that childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.”
“The great authors were great readers, and one way to understand them is to read the books they read.”
“It's hypocrisy of men makes these hills grim”
“No sooner had he finished with a case than another two or three appeared in its place. What was the name of that creature? The Hydra, was it? That was what he was fighting. Every time he cut off a head, more popped into his in-tray. Coming back from a holiday was a nightmare. And now they were giving him rocks to push up hills as well.”
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