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Quotes of the Day for 6 January 2003 – Sherlock Holmes

In the English-speaking world, one name stands above all the rest when it comes to solving criminal mysteries: Sherlock Holmes. According to his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes was born on this day in 1854.

After these quotes were sent, I received a correction from a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. It seems that Conan Doyle never specified Holmes' birthday, but that William S. Baring-Gould deduced this date from one of the stories, and that this is widely enough accepted that the annual meeting of the Irregulars is on the weekend closest to this date.

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The quotes:

As a rule, said Holmes, 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.

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the more important.

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.

I never guess. 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.

No violence, gentlemen - no violence, I beg of you! Consider the furniture!
     - All from the character Sherlock Holmes, created by
     - Arthur Conan Doyle, 1858 - 1930

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