From his penchant for deductive reasoning to his bare-knuckle boxing prowess, Detective Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers for more than a century. Drawn from the imagination of crime fiction pioneer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Holmes starred in four novels and 56 short stories by Doyle alone. The detective has since become the most portrayed literary human* character in film and TV, earning a Guinness World Record and mesmerizing audiences for generations.
In honor of Doyle’s birthday today, we rounded up 12 insightful quotes spoken by the author’s beloved character.
*While Holmes holds the record as the most portrayed literary human character, Dracula wins as the most portrayed literary character of any type.