Why I Like Conan Doyle

Some advice from the creator of Sherlock Holmes

“Read solid books, history, biography and travel and above all, take notes on what you read. Reading without note-taking is as senseless as eating without digesting. It is easy to condense into a single page, all that you really want to remember out of a big book and there, you have your reference forever.”

At the time of his death, Doyle was found to have kept over 60 scrapbooks. With the internet, scrapbooks remain relevant. The whole process of taking notes constitutes a form of digestion – which is becoming increasingly difficult in today’s fast-paced living. The collection of notes (accumulatd over a lifetime) is a personalised search engine with far more relevance than what is readily available online. Being a big fan of Conan Doyle, I will always make it a point to take notes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1932)


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