Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, knighted physician, legendary author, longstanding Freemason, once hopeful politics enthusiast, famous and favoured author.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, living 71 years, Conan Doyle led a remarkable life; the creator of Sherlock Holmes, a character and series so wonderfully ubiquitous that they’ve redefined and epitomised the crime fiction genre. Being the profuse writer he was, his work also encompassed many pieces in fantasy/science fiction, along with plays, poetry, essays, editorials, historical novellas and other works of fiction/non-fiction. Conan Doyle’s fame also extended to his character Professor Challenger, his popularising the tale of The Mary Celeste, and Waterloo, a stage production of a Napoleonic War veteran.
A talented physician outside his literature, he served as a volunteer doctor at a field hospital during 1900. Following his service and penning a commentary on the Boer War, C.D. was knighted by King Edward VII in 1902.
The acclaimed author was never far from busy; involving himself with the Freemasons Society on and off from 1887-1911, and twice running for British parliament with the Liberal Unionist Party from 1900-1906, (though losing the election). He arose on the political scene again, during the outbreak of the First World War, arguing pacifism on part of the British Empire.
A man of diverse talents, a man of incredible creative skill, a man of widespread thoughts and views, a literary legend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was an unparalleled wordsmith above all. Here are but a few of his words:
“There are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world without them.”
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
“His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.”
“Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.”
“For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.”
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
“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.”
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. ”
Sir Conan Doyle’s wise words of literature hold something for everyone! If you have a suggestion for quote of the week, I’d love to hear it! Leave your suggestion in the comments section!
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