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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
pedro
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or a blobfish for that matter
Bully_rus
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I want to defend human's mind: inhabitants of nuthouses did pretty well in comparison with that strangers of life.
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jcbarros
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Daemon wrote:
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)




Whose life?
dirtydingusmcgee
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:13:47 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


An understatement, to be sure!
MTC
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:44:37 AM
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The opening lines of A Case of Identity from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes:

"My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generation, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable."

"And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, neither fascinating nor artistic."

"A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace."

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Arthur_Conan_Doyle/The_Adventures_of_Sherlock_Holmes/ADVENTURE_III_A_CASE_OF_IDENTITY_p1.html



Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 4:44:53 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)


That's because life cannot be invented by the mind of man, yet, other than incidental to cloning. The really nice epigram touching on detective
work is "Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace" found in the extended quotation above.
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