by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Our father would never tell us what it was he feared, but he had a most marked aversion to men with wooden legs." ~ The Sign of The Four

"I cannot live without brain-work. What else is there to live for?" ~ The Sign of The Four

"No, no: I never guess. It is a shocking habit,--destructive to the logical faculty." ~ The Sign of The Four

"The only unofficial consulting detective," he answered. "I am the last and highest court of appeal in detection." ~ The Sign of The Four

"My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world." ~ The Sign of The Four

Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. ~ The Sign of The Four

He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. "It is cocaine," he said, "a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?" ~ The Sign of The Four

I have learned never to ridicule any man's opinion, however strange it may seem. ~ The Captain of the Polestar

"Might I trouble you to open the window, for chloroform vapour does not help the palate." ~ His Last Bow

"If you want to write good copy, you must be where the things are." ~ The Lost World

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