Arthur Conan Doyle

Novelist, Author

1859 – 1930


Who was Arthur Conan Doyle?

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KGStJ, DL was a Scottish physician and writer who is most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.

Famous Quotes:

  • 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.
  • I can never bring you to realize the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace.
  • From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
  • Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
  • The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.
  • It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
  • Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
  • It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
  • Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
  • A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.

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May 22, 1859
Also known as
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
  • Arthur Conan-Doyle
  • Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
  • Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
  • A. Conan Doyle
  • Conan Doyle
  • Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KGStJ, DL
  • Agnosticism
  • Irish people in Great Britain
  • Scotland
  • United Kingdom
  • University of Edinburgh
    (1876 - 1881)
  • Stonyhurst College
    (1870 - 1875)
  • University of Edinburgh Medical School
    (1876 - 1881)
  • Stonyhurst Saint Mary's Hall
    (1868 - 1870)
  • Stella Matutina
    (1875 - 1876)
Lived in
  • Edinburgh
Jul 7, 1930

on July 23, 2013


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