Literary Birthday - 22 May
Happy Birthday, Arthur Conan Doyle, born 22 May 1859, died 7 July 1930
- It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
- Anything is better than stagnation.
- When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
- 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. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
- It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
- I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.
- Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- 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.
- Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
- The love of books is among the choicest gifts of the gods.
Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and author who is best known for his Sherlock Holmes novels. He was a prolific writer who wrote fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write