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18 pieces of Wisdom from Sherlock Holmes novels

If you're an aspiring detective then chances are, you've been rushing to the works of Arthur Conan Doyle for years when it comes to soaking up some noteworthy crime-solving advice.

But even if you're not remotely interested in finding out who did what with what at what time then there's still a lot to gain from Conan Doyle's many excellent Sherlock Holmes tales.

We've picked out 18 pieces of wisdom worth remembering.

Let us know if we've missed off your favourite.

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

His Last Bow

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

A Case of Identity

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

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

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

The Valley of Fear

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“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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“As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be.”

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

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

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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“Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.”

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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“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.”

The Musgrave Ritual

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“It is a capital mistake to theorise before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.”

A Study in Scarlet

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“Some people's affability is more deadly than the violence of coarser souls.”

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client

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

A Study in Scarlet

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“Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him.”

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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“Anything is better than stagnation.”

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

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“There's a light in a woman's eyes that speaks louder than words.”

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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“So all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a link of it.”

A Study In Scarlet

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