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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet was written in 1886 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published the following year. It served as the introduction of one of the most famous characters in literature, Sherlock Holmes.

16 Murder Quotes from Literature

The bell upon the roof that had told the tale of murder to the midnight wind, became a very phantom whose voice would raise the listener's hair on end; and every leafless bough that nodded to another, had its stealthy whispering of the crime. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ. ~ Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out. The element of water moistens the earth, But blood flies upwards and bedews the heavens. ~ The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster The first diabolical character who intruded himself on my peaceful youth (as I called to mind that day at Dullborough), was a certain Captain Murderer. This wretch must have been an off-shoot of the Blue Beard family, but I had no suspicion of the consanguinity in those times. His warning name would seem to have awakened no general prejudice against him, for he was admitted into the best society and possessed immense wealth. Captain Murderer's mission was matrimony, and the gratification of a cannibal appetite with tender brides. ~ The Uncommercial Traveller - Nurse's Stories by Charles Dickens "Every shot that kills ricochets." ~ Romany of the Snows by Gilbert Parker "I now swear, and record the oath on this page, That I nevermore will discuss this mystery with any human creature until I hold the clue to it in my hand. That I never will relax in my secrecy or in my search. That I will fasten the crime of the murder of my dear dead boy upon the murderer. And, That I devote myself to his destruction." ~ The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens "I think you want a little unofficial help. Three undetected murders in one year won't do, Lestrade. But you handled the Molesey Mystery with less than your usual -- that's to say, you handled it fairly well." ~ The Adventure of the Empty House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend," observed Poirot philosophically. "You cannot mix up sentiment and reason." ~ The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly correct than the official force." ~ The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "I am one by myself, one," said Mortimer, "high up an awful staircase commanding a burial-ground, and I have a whole clerk to myself, and he has nothing to do but look at the burial-ground, and what he will turn out when arrived at maturity, I cannot conceive. Whether, in that shabby rook's nest, he is always plotting wisdom, or plotting murder; whether he will grow up, after so much solitary brooding, to enlighten his fellow-creatures, or to poison them; is the only speck of interest that presents itself to my professional view." ~ Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

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