100 Sherlock Holmes Quotes on Logic & Life’s Mysteries

If you have a strong penchant for solving mysteries, then these Sherlock Holmes quotes will give you clues to solve your questions in life.

You don’t need to investigate to prove that Sherlock Holmes is the most popular detective worldwide.

His keen observation skills, logical reasoning, and memory technique called ‘Memory Palace,’ are his powerful tools in solving the most challenging cases. 

The Sherlock Holmes series was first created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. He published the first book on October 14, 1892.

Sherlock Holmes is enduringly the most favorite detective character in English literature, and if you think you have a strong mind like the famous detective, then scrutinize our full list below.

Let’s go, detective!

And don’t forget to check out these Enola Holmes quotes and Art of War quotes.

Best Sherlock Holmes Quotes

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

2. “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” 

3. “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” 

4. “To a great mind, nothing is little.” 

5. “You see, but you do not observe.”

6. “Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”

7. “I have the advantage of knowing your habits, my dear Watson.”

8. “You know my methods, Watson.” 

9. “Crime is common. Logic is rare.”

10. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”  

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

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

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

14. “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.”

15. “It’s a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brain to crime it is the worst of all.”

Famous Sherlock Holmes Quotes 

16. “‘Excellent!’ I cried. ‘Elementary,’ said he.”

17. “It’s every man’s business to see justice done.”

18. “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

19. “We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.”

20. “I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go.”

21. “I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.”

22. “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.”

23. “Watson! Come at once if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.”

24. “Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.”

25. “Let me see—what are my other shortcomings? I get in the dumps at times, and don’t open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I’ll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It’s just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together.” 

26. “It is a mistake to confound strangeness with mystery.”

27. “Of all ruins, that of a noble mind is the most deplorable.”

28. “It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal.”

29. “Serial suicides, and now a note. Ah! It’s Christmas.”

30. “A strange enigma is a man.”

Inspirational Sherlock Holmes Quotes

31. “When a doctor does go wrong, he is the first of criminals. He has the nerve and he has the knowledge.”

32. “Work is the best antidote of sorrow, my dear Watson.”

33. “In my inmost heart, I believed that I could succeed where others failed, and now I had the opportunity to test myself.”

34. “The game is afoot.”

35. “We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence.”

36. “Sentiment is a chemical defect, found on the losing side.”

37. “How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!”

38. “There is nothing more to be said or to be done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.”

39. “No. I am not tired. I have a curious constitution. I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.”

40. “It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”

41. “If my future were black, it was better surely to face it like a man than to attempt to brighten it by mere will-o’-the-wisps of the imagination.”

42. “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you  make people believe you have done.”

43. “Heroes don’t exist and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them.”

44. “The chief proof of man’s real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness.”

45. “There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.”

Sherlock Holmes Quotes About Solving Mysteries

46. “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.”

47. “No man burdens his mind with small matters unless he has some very good reason for doing so.”

48. “I never guess. It is a shocking habit, destructive to the logical faculty.”

49. “What one man can invent, another can discover.”

50. “No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done.”

51. “You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles.”

52. “My horror at his crimes was lost in my admiration at his skill.”

53. “I should prefer that you do not mention my name at all in connection with this case, as I choose to be only associated with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution.”

54. “Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.”

55. “Consider every wretched hive of depravity and murder in this city, my place of business.”

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

57. “I think that there are certain crimes which the law cannot touch, and which, therefore, to some extent, justify private revenge.”

58. “Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

59. “We can’t giggle. It’s a crime scene. Stop it.”

60. “‘Data! Data! Data! I can’t make bricks without clay.’”

Sherlock Holmes Quotes About Deduction

61. “A good detective knows that every task, every interaction, no matter how seemingly banal, has the potential to contain multitudes.”

62. “I follow my own methods, and tell as much or as little as I choose. That is the advantage of being unofficial.”

63. “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.”

64. “It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.” 

65. “I listen to their story, they listen to my comments, and then I pocket my fee.”

66. “What one man can invent, another can discover.”

67. “The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning.”

68. “What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear? It must tend to some end, or else our universe is ruled by chance, which is unthinkable.”

69. “Having gathered these facts, Watson, I smoked several pipes over them, trying to separate those which were crucial from others which were merely incidental.”

70. “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.”

71. “Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.”

72. “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.”

73. “There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before.”

74. “I don’t guess. I observe, and once I’ve observed, I deduce.” 

Sherlock Holmes Quotes About Logic and the Brain

75. “Dear God, what is there in your funny little brains? It must be really boring.”

76. “I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for?”

77. “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.”

78. “They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.’It’s a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work.’”

79. “Oh, hell! What does that matter? So we go around the sun! If we went around the moon or round and round the garden like a teddy bear, it wouldn’t make any difference! All that matters to me is the work! Without that, my brain rots. Put that in your blog — or better still, stop inflicting your opinions on the world!”

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

81. “To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine. It racks itself to pieces.”

82. “I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection.”

Sherlock Holmes Quotes About Life

83. “It is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.”

84. “The past and the present are within my field of inquiry.”

85. “My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.”

86. “Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth.”

87. “Your own death is something that happens to everybody else. Your life is not your own. Keep your hands off it.”

88. “Is not all life pathetic and futile? Is not his story a microcosm of the whole? We reach. We grasp. And what is left in our hands at the end? A shadow. Or worse than a shadow—misery.”

89. “I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?”

90. “I am the most incurably lazy devil that ever stood in shoe leather.”

91. “Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.”

92. “People don’t really go to heaven when they die. They’re taken to a special room and burned.”

93. “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.”

94. “I trust that age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety.”

Sherlock Holmes Quotes About Love

95. “But love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things.”

96. “I’m not a psychopath, Anderson. I’m a high-functioning, sociopath. Do your research.”

97. “I don’t have friends, I just have one.’”

98. “I’ve always assumed that love is a dangerous disadvantage. Thank you for the final proof.”

99. “From the first day I met her, she was the only woman to me. Every day of that voyage I loved her more, and many a time since have I kneeled down in the darkness of the night watch and kissed the deck of that ship because I knew her dear feet had trod it. She was never engaged to me. She treated me as fairly as ever a woman treated a man. I have no complaint to make. 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.”

100. “A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman’s love, however badly he may have treated her.”

Which of These Sherlock Holmes Quotes Bring Out the Detective in You?

Sometimes, we were perplexed by enigmas in life, and clues were nowhere to be found. 

Life is full of mysteries that are only waiting to be revealed by our curious and playful minds. 

At some point in our life, we also play detective to solve our problems. We struggle to scrutinize and make things work out especially in our relationship with other people. Keen observation and logical reasoning are very useful tools to keep us on track.

When you feel puzzled and need guidance to go on, these Sherlock Holmes quotes will come to your aid in finding the solution to your problem. This collection will help you examine your life and give the answer to your inquiries.

What are the life mysteries you want to investigate? Let’s find the evidence in the comment section below.