It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital. Otherwise your energy and attention must be dissipated instead of being concentrated.
– Sherlock Holmes
I don’t know if you know Albatross Road where it runs into Hanger Lane, but if you do you’ll appreciate what a ghastly lonely area it is, with the surface-level tube-station on one side of the street, and dank, blind buildings, weeping with damp, on the other.
– Derek Raymond
Strange, is it not, how we fall into these patterns, how we are dictated to by the space that surrounds us.
– Anthony Horowitz
My friend.–Welcome to the Carpathians. I am anxiously expecting you. Sleep well tonight. At three tomorrow the diligence will start for Bukovina; a place on it is kept for you. At the Borgo Pass my carriage will await you and will bring you to me. I trust that your journey from London has been a happy one, and that you will enjoy your stay in my beautiful land.–Your friend, Dracula.
– Bram Stoker
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius
“See the value of imagination,” said Holmes. “It is the one quality which Gregory lacks. We imagined what might have happened, acted upon the supposition, and find ourselves justified. Let us proceed.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This confluence of social, technological, and economic factors led to the world’s first media explosion. In Paris alone, there were seventy-nine daily papers at the turn of the century. Le Petit Parisien, the largest newspaper in the world at the time, had one and a half million readers
– Douglas Starr