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"a favourite ditty" [LAST] 

As you may know, we have a Facebook Page. We use it to notify our fans that we have new content on the site here, but we also try to use it for other purposes, such as quick posts that might not seem to warrant a full entry here, lighthearted observations, and an opportunity to interact.

One of the regular things we share include quotes from the Canon. We certainly have our own favorites, but as you can imagine, everyone has his or her preferences as well. We love hearing from our fans - on Facebook or below in the comments section - so we recently asked our fans on Facebook a relatively innocuous question (well, for Facebook, anyway):

Here are some of the responses we received:

"But there are always some lunatics about. It would be a dull world without them."
- "The Adventure of the Three Gables"

"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent."
- "A Case of Identity"

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data."
- "A Scandal in Bohemia"

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
- The Sign of Four

"You're not hurt, Watson? For God's sake, say that you are not hurt!"
- "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs"

"Is there any other little service that I can do you, my friend?"
"A match and a cigarette."
- "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"

"The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply."
- "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"

Some of our favorites include:
"For once you have fallen low. Let us see in the future how high you can rise."
- "The Adventure of the Three Students"

"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
- "The Adventure of the Red Circle"

"When one tries to rise above Nature, one is liable to fall below it."
- "The Adventure of the Creeping Man"

If you'd like to see what some of the most popular quotes are, as ranked by Randall Stock, check out The 10 Most Famous Sherlock Holmes Quotes, which includes an explanation of the ranking criteria as well as the complete context around each quote.

Do you have some favorite lines from the Canon? Please leave a comment below and tell us. No account or login is required to do so.