Sherlock Holmes is one of the most well-known literary characters, and while “Elementary, my dear Watson” is his most famous piece of dialogue, this specific phrase was not written by Arthur Conan Doyle, nor is it featured in any of the books.

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Om Illustrated Classics the Case Book of Sherlock Homes

Om Illustrated Classics the Case Book of Sherlock Homes

by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

One of the first times this dialogue, as it is, appeared, was in P.G. Wodehouse’s book, Psmith, Journalist, and it has since been commonly used in many movies.b

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

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

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

4) “Come at once if convenient—if inconvenient come all the same."

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

6) “The game is afoot.”

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