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“My mind," he said, "rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”


Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
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The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2) The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
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