The sun had long set, but one blood-red gash like an open wound lay low in the distant west.

As the sun rose slowly above the eastern horizon, the caps of the great mountains lit up one after the other, like lamps at a festival, until they were all ruddy and glowing.

For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain.

A fine thought in fine language is a most precious jewel, and should not be hid away, but be exposed for use and ornament.

Have you read Gaboriau's works? I asked.

I may be very obtuse, Holmes, but I fail to see what this suggests.

Oh how I've missed you, Holmes.

A sick man is but a child, and so I will treat you.

Look at you. Why is the only woman you ever cared about a world-class criminal - are you a masochist?

I don't take much stock of detectives in novels - chaps that do things and never let you see how they do them. That's just inspiration: not business.

Who knows, Watson? Woman's heart and mind are insoluble puzzles to the male.

On the whole, he thinks that Barclay's devotion to his wife was greater than his wife's to Barclay. He was acutely uneasy if he were absent from her for a day. She, on the other hand, though devoted and faithful, was less obtrusively affectionate.

What, indeed? It is art for art's sake, Watson.

Gone to the nearest public-house. That is the centre of country gossip. They would have told you every name, from the master to the scullery-maid.

Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes.

However, I guess your time is of value, and we did not meet to talk about the cut of my socks.

What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?

It is only when you touch the higher that you realize how low we may be among the possibilities of creation.

Have you tried to drive a harpoon through a body? No? Tut, tut, my dear sir, you must really pay attention to these details.

My mind rebels at stagnation, give me problems, give me work!

Holmes, you have an answer to everything.

A large number merely strange.

A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen.

Depend upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace.

The cunning devil has told her every unsavoury public scandal of his past life, but always in such a way as to make himself out to be an innocent martyr. She absolutely accepts his version and will listen to no other.

A loaf of bread and a clean collar; what does man want more?

The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.

The Times is a paper which is seldom found in any hands but those of the highly educated.

As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.

There are some trees, Watson, which grow to a certain height, and then suddenly develop some unsightly eccentricity. You will see it often in humans.

Come, Watson, we must really take a risk and try to investigate this a little more closely.

Draw your chair up, and hand me my violin, for the only problem which we have still to solve is how to while away these bleak autumnal evenings.

We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence.

Let the high God judge between us. Choose and eat. There is death in one and life in the other. I shall take what you leave. Let us see if there is justice upon the earth, or if we are ruled by chance.

You may remember the old Persian saying, ‘There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much knowledge of the world.

My dear Watson, you were born to be a man of action. Your instinct is always to do something energetic.

The same singularly proud and reserved nature which turned away with disdain from popular notoriety was capable of being moved to its depths by spontaneous wonder and praise from a friend.

Give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and i am in my own proper atmosphere. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it.

The supreme gift of an artist is the knowledge of when to stop.

From a drop of water," said the writer, "a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other. So all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a single link of it.

I must thank you,' said Sherlock Holmes, 'for calling my attention to a case which certainly presents some features of interest. I had observed some newspaper comment at the time, but I was exceedingly preoccupied by that little affair of the Vatican cameos, and in my anxiety to oblige the Pope I lost touch with several interesting English cases.

A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap.

Let us see if there is justice upon the earth, or if we are ruled by chance.

You are right," he cried with an immense sigh of relief. "It is quite superficial." His face set like flint as he glared at our prisoner, who was sitting up with a dazed face. "By the Lord, it is as well for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive.

When once your point of view is changed, the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth.

In rapid succession we passed through the fringe of fashionable London, hotel London, theatrical London, literary London, commercial London, and, finally, maritime London, till we came to a riverside city of a hundred thousand souls, where the tenement houses swelter and reek with the outcasts of Europe.

It's just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together.

Science of Deduction.

That hurts my pride, Watson.