I am not going to lie: I believe in Sherlock. I am Sherlocked. I know the game is afoot. Now that I have that out of the way, I thought I would share with you some quotes by one of my favorite all time characters, as they are so true and so blunt in nature.
Part of Sherlock’s lack of human connection, genius, and lack of concern for feelings and relationships, is that he gets to the heart of the matter, and speaks the truth in ways that others would not dare.
Let me share with you some of my favorite thoughts from the man of mystery over the years.
The Wit and Wisdom of Sherlock Holmes
1.) “…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth…” – Sherlock Holmes
2.) “Dear God, what is it like in your funny little brain? It must be so boring!” – Sherlock Holmes
3.) “I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.” – Sherlock Holmes
4.) “Anderson, don’t talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street.” – Sherlock Holmes
5.) “Don’t make people into heroes, John. Heroes don’t exist and if they did I wouldn’t be one of them.” – Sherlock Holmes
6.) “My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.” – Sherlock Holmes
7.) “I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection.” – Sherlock Holmes
8.) “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” – Sherlock Holmes
9.) “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear.” – Sherlock Holmes
10.) “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.” – Sherlock Holmes
11.) “I never guess. It is a shocking habit,—destructive to the logical faculty.” – Sherlock Holmes
12.) “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” – Sherlock Holmes
13.) “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.” – Sherlock Holmes
14.) “Data! Data! Data! I can’t make bricks without clay.” – Sherlock Holmes
15.) “I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for?” – Sherlock Holmes
More Sherlock Holmes Quotes and Sayings
16.) “There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before.” – Sherlock Holmes
17.) “I ought to know by this time that when a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation.” – Sherlock Holmes
18.) “I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.” – Sherlock Holmes
19.) “What one man can invent another can discover.” – Sherlock Holmes
20.) “The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning.” – Sherlock Holmes
21.) “I think that there are certain crimes which the law cannot touch, and which therefore, to some extent, justify private revenge.” – Sherlock Holmes
22.) “Having gathered these facts, Watson, I smoked several pipes over them, trying to separate those which were crucial from others which were merely incidental.” – Sherlock Holmes
23.) “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.” – Sherlock Holmes
24.) “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. I can dispense them with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession,—or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.” – Sherlock Holmes
25.) “When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals. He has the nerve and he has the knowledge.” – Sherlock Holmes
26.) “Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.” – Sherlock Holmes
27.) “I think that you know me well enough, Watson, to understand that I am by no means a nervous man. At the same time, it is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.” – Sherlock Holmes
28.) “I confess that I have been blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.” – Sherlock Holmes
29.) “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.” – Sherlock Holmes
30.) “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 on 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 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.” – Sherlock Holmes
What do you think about these Sherlock Holmes quotes?
I feel that is the best thought and point I can leave you with. While blunt and concise, the important point is to try and live a life of logic. To leave emotion out of intellectual endeavors. To trust our own findings and instincts over what others might try to prevail upon us.
There is no one who clarifies these tenets better than the greatest detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes.