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You say that your fare told you that he was a detective?"
"Yes, he did."
"When did he say this?"
"When he left me."
"Did he say anything more?"
"He mentioned his name."
Holmes cast a swift glance of triumph at me.
"Oh, he mentioned his name, did he? That was imprudent. What was the name that he mentioned?"
“His name," said the cabman, "was Mr. Sherlock Holmes.


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Wir sind gewohnt dass die Menschen verhöhnen was sie nicht verstehen. (Goethe)—We are used to see...
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I've had ups in my life, and I've had downs, but I've learned not to cry over spilled milk.
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Even the best of us are thrown off some- times.
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No: I am not tired. I have a curious constitution. I never remember feeling tired by work, though id...
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Well, and there is the end of our little drama," I remarked, after we had sat some time smoking in s...
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My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, ...
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There have,” said I, “been numerous petty thefts.”
Holmes snorted his contempt.
“T...
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Das Leben ist unendlich seltsamer als alles, was der menschliche Geist erfinden könnte.
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That which is clearly known hath less terror than that which is but hinted at and guessed.
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A sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and...
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I confess that I have been as blind as a mole, but is is better to learn wisdom late than never to l...
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To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name...
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As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, ...
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It is not easy to express the inexpressible," he answered with a laugh.
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It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal.
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Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but the right contacts are more valuable than either.
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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
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I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it ...
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A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, an...
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I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclu...
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There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
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When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be...
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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
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There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact.
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It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
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When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly ...
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Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to c...
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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to sui...
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Mediocrity does not see higher than itself. But talent instantly recognizes the genius.
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It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor ...
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You will, I am sure, agree with me that... if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the leng...
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I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their child...
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My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, ...
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I never guess. It is a shocking habit destructive to the logical faculty.
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It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
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It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
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One should always look for a possible alternative and provide against it. It is the first rule of cr...
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From the first day I met her, she was the only woman to me. Every day of that voyage I loved her mor...
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Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.
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The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearing...
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You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.
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Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.
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Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.
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What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with ...
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Holy men? Holy cabbages! Holy bean-pods! What do they do but live and suck in sustenance and grow fa...
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My first impression as I opened the door was that a fire had broken out, for the room was so filled ...
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A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, an...
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The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes
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Problems may be solved in the study which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the a...
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How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gig...
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There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact
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It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes
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You know my methods, Watson.
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One should always look for a possible alternative and provide against it. It is the first rule of cr...
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Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking int...
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Dr. Munro, sir, said he, "I am a walking museum. You could fit what ISN'T the matter with me on to t...
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Come, Watson, come! he cried. The game is afoot."
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Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping o...
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You know how easily and suddenly these things happen, beginning in playful teasing and ending in som...
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When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly ...
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When people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the Post-Office bank.
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It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however imp...
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It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important
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My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know.
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There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient ...
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I must apologize for calling so late," said he, "and I must further beg you to be so unconventional ...
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I have always held, too, that pistol practice should be distinctly an open-air pastime; and when Hom...
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