The Best Enola Holmes Quotes from the New Netflix Movie

Enola Holmes is now streaming on Netflix! And this is one mystery that you do not want to miss!

Millie Bobbie Brown is absolutely delightful and witty — and she has some of the best quotes. My favorites from the film are below — but if you haven’t watched it yet, beware of spoilers!



Now, where to begin? The first thing you need to know is that my mother named me Enola. She insisted on it, in fact. I know it’s an unusual name, but my mother is rather a fan of word games. And Enola spelled backwards reads, well, “alone.” She would continually tell me, “you’ll do very well on your own, Enola.” And, yet, we were always together. — Enola Holmes

She was not an ordinary mother. She didn’t teach me to string seashells or practice my embroidery. We did different things. Reading, science, sports, all sorts of exercise – both physical and mental. Mother said we were free to do anything at Ferndell and be anyone. — Enola Holmes

Mother believed privacy was the highest virtue, and the one most frequently violated. — Enola Holmes

I’m presently on the way to collect my brothers, Mycroft and Sherlock, names which backwards spell out, respectively, Tforcym and Kcolrehs. Perhaps one shouldn’t read too much into the “alone” idea. — Enola Holmes

Sherlock Holmes. The famous detective, scholar, chemist, virtuoso violinist, expert marksman, swordsman, singlestick fighter, pugilist, and brilliant detective thinker. My genius brother. He will have all the answers. — Enola Holmes

Where’s your hat and your gloves? — Mycroft Holmes // Well, I have a hat. It just makes my head itch. And I have no gloves. — Enola Holmes

A wild and dangerous woman brought up a wild child. — Mycroft about Mrs. Holmes and Enola Holmes

Mother always had a reason for everything. Her own way of doing things. And those kind of mysteries are always the most satisfying to unpick. — Sherlock Holmes // I don’t want a mystery, Sherlock. I want my mother back here and my life as it was. — Enola Holmes // You’re being emotional. It’s understandable, but unnecessary. Look for what’s there, not what you want to be there. You’ll see the truth soon enough. — Sherlock Holmes

Enola, look in my chrysanthemums. — Mrs. Holme’s decrypted note to Enola Holmes

(Check out my fun Enola Holmes cookies inspired by the clues left in Mrs. Holmes’ chrysanthemums!) 

The bestowing of chrysanthemums indicates familial attachment and, by implication, affection. — From Enola’s flower book

There are two paths you can take, Enola. Yours or the path others choose for you. — Mrs. Holmes

Paint your own picture, Enola. Don’t be thrown off by other people. Especially men! — Mrs. Holmes

So if I am to fit in and stay hidden from my brothers, I must become something… unexpected. — Enola Holmes

The corset: a symbol of repression to those who are forced to wear it. But for me, who chooses to wear it, the bust enhancer and the hip regulators will hide the fortune my mother has given me. And as they do so, they will make me look like that truly unlikely thing: a lady. — Enola Holmes

Stars and garters, are you really so ridiculous? — Enola Holmes to Lord Tewksbury

If you don’t stop looking at me like that, Viscount Irritation, Marquess of Bothersomeshire, I’ll murder you myself. — Enola Holmes to Lord Tewksbury

You may not like me. You may not think what I’m doing is right. But even your blessed mother made a match. Even your blessed mother was a bride. I want you to be happy. –Mycroft Holmes // No. You want you to be happy. You want me controlled. Because otherwise you think I will affect your standing. –Enola Holmes // You already have done immense damage. As has that errant brother of ours. — Mycroft Holmes

I was forced into calligraphy as a child. Hated it. But there’s rarely a case where someone’s handwriting doesn’t tell me something I need to know. — Sherlock Holmes // And what might I learn from deportment? — Enola Holmes // The way a person stands may disguise who they are. Nothing’s wasted. — Sherlock Holmes

Perhaps she wants to change the world. — Sherlock // Perhaps it’s a world that needs changing. — Enola Holmes

The only advice I can give to you, one detective to another, sometimes you must dangle your feet in the water in order to attract the sharks. — Sherlock Holmes to Enola Holmes

The choice is always yours. Whatever society may claim, it can’t control you. As mother has proven. — Sherlock Holmes to Enola Holmes

There will come a time when you must make a hard choice. And, in that moment, you will discover what mettle you truly have, and what you’re prepared to risk, for what matters. Your move, Enola. — Mrs. Holmes

An injustice has occurred. It’s time to right some wrongs. You want the culprit, find the motive. — Enola Holmes

Unlike most well-bred ladies, I was never taught to embroider. I never molded wax roses, hemmed handkerchiefs, or strung seashells. I was taught to watch and listen. I was taught to fight. This is what my mother made me for. Trust me… to find the answers we need. — Enola Holmes // You don’t know how to embroider? — Lord Tewksbury

Where are all the servants? — Lord Tewksbury // Welcome to the future. — Enola Holmes

It’s always there, the truth. You just need to look for it. — Sherlock Holmes

Facts don’t distract from hope. — Enola Holmes

I didn’t leave you because I didn’t love you. I left for you because I couldn’t bear to have this world be your future. So I had to fight. You have to make some noise if you want to be heard. — Mrs. Holmes

I thought I was the one that was going to change the world. The reform bill, is it true what you did? What a woman you’ve become. — Mrs. Holmes to Enola Holmes

My name is Enola, which backwards spells “alone.” To be a Holmes you must find your own path. My brothers have, my mother has, and I must too. But I now see that being alone doesn’t mean I have to be lonely. Mother never wanted that. She wanted me to find my freedom, my future, my purpose. I am a detective, I am a decipherer, and I am a finder of lost souls. My life is my own. And the future is up to us. — Enola Holmes

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