"My dear Waton, I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers."Our first response might be, "Holmes not modest? Well, that's obvious!" Perhaps so. But it may be less apparent that, as noted in a previous post, Holmes is actually humble.
-- "The Greek Interpreter"
In this opening scene from "The Greek Interpreter," for example, Holmes goes on to explain that his brother Mycroft is even more gifted at deduction than he is. This is not modesty, but humility. Holmes clearly knew the difference.
What is your favorite Sherlock Holmes quote?