Sherlock: The Lines that Rule the Show

by , Saturday January 14, 2017
 Sherlock: The Lines that Rule the Show

The best lines from Sherlock Holmes all in one place!

I blog about it, and he forgets his pants. Willow Angel talks about the most significant - and most awesome - quotes from BBC Sherlock and ACD Sherlock Holmes.



BBC Sherlock is a show that has a special place in all of our hearts, with the stunning cinematography and the thrilling cases. But the things that are most significant to me are the amazing acting of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the way they deliver their lines, and especially the lines they deliver. So today, to close out Sherlock Feature week, I give you the most significant and meaningful quotes from the BBC show and the original books, along with some of the most awesome ones.


"Listen, what I said before John, I meant it. I don’t have friends; I’ve just got one." - Sherlock, BBC.

This quote is one of the most meaningful things that Sherlock Holmes could have said in the BBC show. This one quote lets Sherlock put all of his cardds out on the table for John, and it lets John see him for everything that he is. This is Sherlock telling John that he is Sherlock's only friend. The way that Benedict Cumberbatch delivers this line is just icing on the already wonderful cake. Whether you're a Johnlocker or not, this line is simply beautiful.


"I'm his doctor." - John, BBC (unaired pilot).

As a quote from the original unaired pilot (often called the "gay pilot"), this quote may not even be considered official, but I love it nonetheless. John says this at the end of A Study In Pink, when Lestrade tries to question Sherlock after John shot the cabbie. John hasn't even known Sherlock for 48 hours, and he's already given that part of himself to Sherlock. He shot a man for Sherlock, and he told Lestrade that he couldn't question Sherlock because he hadn't eaten for days. When Lestrade tries to ask John who he is, John simply replies with the quote above. Martin delivers this line so flawlessly and so smoothly with the sassy character of John that we all know and love, and it makes this scene so meaningful, even if it didn't make the final cut of the aired pilot.


"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sherlock, ACD (later used in the BBC show).

This quote originally comes from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Sign of the Four, and the quote was later used in the BBC Sherlock series. This is, quite possibly, the most famous Sherlock Holmes quote in history. It defines Sherlock's entire thought process, the way he uses the process of elimination to find his murderer. This gives us the clearest insight into how he thinks. To some, it may not make sense, but to others, it explains everything.

Sherlock has a form of high-functioning autism that used to be called Asperger Syndrome or Asperger's, and this quote gives us the evidence we need to figure this out, or at least to "deduce" that Sherlock's brain works differently from a normal person's. The way that he makes seemingly illogical leaps to eliminate the impossible may not make sense to us, but to him it works perfectly.

We can only imagine how Holmes must have said this line to Watson in the books, but the way that Sherlock says it to John in the show is simply wonderful.


"There is no one who knows the higher criminal world of London so well as I do." - Holmes, ACD.

This line hasn't been used in the show, because it was used in what was originally the last book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Final Problem. Yes, you read that right, as that is the title of the final episode of the new BBC Series 4. 

This quote just screams Sherlock's personality: he is the best detective out there and he knows it. This quote is almost boastful, but we all know it's true. Nobody knows the hidden world of crime like Sherlock Holmes.

I hope this quote or something akin to it gets used in the coming episode of BBC Sherlock, because it is such a Sherlock-y thing to say. I can imagine Benedict saying it, and it is beautiful.


"Because he's a psychopath. And psycopaths get bored." Sally Donovan, BBC.

This is the quote that gets everybody angry every time they hear it. Sally Donovan is not a nice person (and neither is Philip Anderson, while I'm at it), and she certainly doens't think that Sherlock is, either. She freely calls him "Freak" and "Psychopath", without being told off by anyone other than our very own Dr John Watson.

Most people, just by being around him for a few minutes, would probably come to agree with Sergeant Donovan. Sherlock is rude and doesn't seem to care about what other people think about him and his methods of solving murders. The moral of this quote is to give people time - there might be more to them than first meets the eye.


"But the Solar System!" I protested. - Watson.

"What the deuce is it to me? You say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work." - Holmes, ACD.

You may recognise this quote - it is the original quote from A Study in Scarlet, the origin story of BBC's A Study in Pink. This quote went on to go into the third episode of the first series, however, which is called The Great Game:

"But it’s the solar system!" - John.

"Oh! How? What does that matter? So we go ’round the sun. If we went ’round the moon or round and round the garden like a teddy bear it wouldn’t make any difference. All that matters to me is the work. Without that my brain rots." - Sherlock, BBC.

This exchange shows us that Sherlock doesn't care about things that aren't important to him or his work - he lives off of his work, he thrives on it. He needs his work like he needs air to breathe ("Breathing? Breathing's boring.") and he is not afraid to admit it. 


So those are, to me, the most significant and the most meaningful things that have been said in this show. But what a way to end Sherlock Feature Week! No, we're not done yet. The game, Movellians, is on, and it's not over yet!


"Stop! We can't giggle, it's a crime scene! Stop it!" - John Watson, BBC.

Nerves getting to you, John? You did just kill a man for someone you barely know, so I don't blame you.


"Honey, you should see me in a crown." - James Moriarty, BBC.

We have seen you in a crown, Mr Moriarty. Long live the king.


"We are in Buckingham Palace, the very heart of the British nation. Sherlock Holmes, put your trousers on!" - Mycroft Holmes, BBC.

Oh Mycroft, this is Sherlock we're talking about. There's not much hope.


"You, being all mysterious with your cheekbones and turning your collar up so you look cool." - John Watson, BBC.

Of course. Sherlock is the most Extra (with a capital E) person we know, of course he's going to turn his collar up. And yes, he does look cool. And yes, those Cheekbones (with a capital C).


"Anderson, don't talk out loud, you lower the IQ of the entire street."

"Anderson, face the other way, you're putting me off."

Ah, we all love it when people - especially Sherlock - sass Anderson. As I've mentioned, Anderson isn't a very nice person, and this? This is just glorious.


Thank you everyone for reading, and a suggestion from my parents gives me a lovely way to finish it off. I hope you enjoyed Sherlock Feature Week, everyone!


"I'm gonna solve a case, only got John Watson as my partner,
I-I-I'm hunting, looking for a comeup,
This is bloody awesome!"



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