"Yes, I have a turn both for observation and for deduction. The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical are really extremely practical -- so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese." ~ A Study in Scarlet
"Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another." ~ The Adventure of the Speckled Band
"An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen who can twist steel pokers into knots." ~ The Adventure of the Speckled Band
"You see, my dear Watson"--he propped his test-tube in the rack, and began to lecture with the air of a professor addressing his class--"it is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though possibly a meretricious, effect." ~ The Adventure of the Dancing Men
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