Arthur Conan Doyle
Scottish physician and author
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- The highest morality may prove also to be the highest wisdom when the half-told story comes to be finished.
- The Boer War (1902)
- These pictures are not occult, but they are psychic because everything that emanates from the human spirit or human brain is psychic. It is not supernatural; nothing is. It is preternatural in the sense that it is not known to our ordinary senses. It is the effect of the joining on the one hand of imagination, and on the other hand of some power of materialization. The imagination, I may say, comes from me — the materializing power from elsewhere.
- Before showing test footage from the movie The Lost World, based upon his novel, as a trick at the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. The New York Times ran a story the next day: DINOSAURS CAVORT IN FILM FOR DOYLE SPIRITIST MYSTIFIES WORLD-FAMED MAGICIANS WITH PICTURES OF PREHISTORIC BEASTS — KEEPS ORIGIN A SECRET — MONSTERS OF OTHER AGES SHOWN, SOME FIGHTING, SOME AT PLAY, IN THEIR NATIVE JUNGLES
- I can tell you that it is no game for children, and I will confess that, in spite of my nine campaigns, I felt myself turn pale when the first ball flashed past me.
- (Of cricket) Adventures of Gerard (1903)
- You are my heart, my life, my one and only thought.
- The White Company (1891)
The Stark Munro Letters (1894)Edit
- The more we progress the more we tend to progress. We advance not in arithmetical but in geometrical progression. We draw compound interest on the whole capital of knowledge and virtue which has been accumulated since the dawning of time. Some eighty thousand years are supposed to have existed between paleolithic and neolithic man. Yet in all that time he only learned to grind his flint stones instead of chipping them. But within our father's lives what changes have there not been? The railway and the telegraph, chloroform and applied electricity. Ten years now go further than a thousand then, not so much on account of our finer intellects as because the light we have shows us the way to more. Primeval man stumbled along with peering eyes, and slow, uncertain footsteps. Now we walk briskly towards our unknown goal.
- When you look closely it is a question whether that which is a wrong to the present community may not prove to have been a right to the interests of posterity. That sounds a little foggy; but I will make my meaning more clear when I say that I think right and wrong are both tools which are being wielded by those great hands which are shaping the destinies of the universe, that both are making for improvement; but that the action of the one is immediate, and that of the other more slow, but none the less certain. Our own distinction of right and wrong is founded too much upon the immediate convenience of the community, and does not inquire sufficiently deeply into the ultimate effect.
- I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can't all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something.
- At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.
- The whole doctrine of original sin, the Fall, the vicarious Atonement, the placation of the Almighty by blood—all this is abhorrent to me. The spirit-guides do not insist upon these aspects of religion.
- Quoted in The Life of Faith by Dr. A. T. Schofield, which was quoted in Heresies Exposed by William C. Irvine (Loizeaux Brothers, Neptune, New Jersey, 1921, p. 179)
Quotes about DoyleEdit
ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
PATRIOT, PHYSICIAN & MAN OF LETTERS
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - His Life, All His Works, And More
- Arthur Conan Doyle: Cricket Statistics
- Film footage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle discussing both Sherlock Holmes & Spiritualism
- Arthur Conan Doyle Online Exhibition
- Conan Doyle in Birmingham
- Conan Doyle's cricket record at CricketArchive
- The Arthur Conan Doyle Society
- The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Sherlock Holmes Museum
- "A Case of Considerable Interest" an exhibition celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection of the Toronto Public Library
Real life cases
- Conan Doyle and the Parson's Son -The George Edalji case
- The George Edalji Case
- The Oscar Slater Case
- Works by Arthur Conan Doyle at Project Gutenberg
- Works at Project Gutenberg Australia
- Free to read on a cell phone - Conan Doyle works.
- "Lot No. 429," from Round the Red Lamp and Other Medical Writings, 1904.
- Online works available from The University of Adelaide Library
- Sherlock Holmes: Audio books
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, full text with embedded audio (PDF).
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes: Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2007-03-24. Retrieved on 2008-02-22.
- Works of Arthur Conan Doyle available as freely downloadable eBooks at University of Virginia EText Center
- Arthur Conan Doyle at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Letter as foreword to pamphlet "The blue Island" by Estelle Stead
- Rare film