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
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