“Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.”
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“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.”
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”
“To a great mind, nothing is little.”
“But it is better to learn wisdom late than never learn it at all.”
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.”
“Work is the best antidote of sorrow, my dear Watson.”
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”
“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”
“You see, but you do not observe.”
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
“I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.”
“What Sherlock Holmes offers isn’t just a way of solving a crime. It is an entire way of thinking."
"Holmes provides... an education in improving our faculty of mindful thought and in using it in order to accomplish more, think better, and decide more optimally." - Ellen Langer
Sherlock Holmes observed facts without being judgmental. He would construct a hypothesis about what he believed happened. He would then search for more evidence to logically validate his initial statements. The detective deconstructed what happened — piece by piece.
Clear thinking is essential for every aspect of life, yet many of us have not really learnt how to think and make safe judgments under pressure.
When you learn to think like a detective, you can gain an advantage in the following areas:
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