From: Elementary 3.8
My mind 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 very own atmosphere. Then I can dispense with old cravings and bad habits but I abhor the dull routine of existence.
Reference: This is almost directly verbatim from A Sign of Four, and it is one of my personal favorite speeches of Holmes’ in all of the Doyle canon. In this episode of Elementary, Sherlock says this to his recovery support group. In Sign, Holmes replies with the following speech to Watson’s admonishment at his cocaine use. “Why should you,” reprimands Watson, “for a mere passing pleasure, risk the loss of those great powers with which you have been endowed?”
“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.”