Sherlock on Charles Augustus Magnussen: I’ve dealt with murderers, psychopaths, terrorists, serial killers. None of them can turn my stomach like Charles Augustus Magnussen. He’s like a shark – it’s the only way I can describe him. I hate him because he attacks people who are different and preys on their secrets. He is the Napoleon of blackmail and quite simply the most dangerous man I’ve ever encountered.
Sherlock on Culverton Smith: I take it back - he is the most dangerous, the most despicable human being that I have ever encountered and this monster must be ended. That creature, that rotting thing, is a living breathing coagulation of human evil, and if the only thing I ever do in this world is drive him out of it, then my life will not have been wasted.
Sherlock on Jim Moriarty: He isn’t a man at all – he’s a spider at the center of a criminal web with a magnificent brain that I admire. He’s never disappointing and always delightfully interesting, smart, and elegant as one should come to expect from someone who has given new meaning to the phrase “clever as the Devil”. He’s insane, he’s brilliant, he’s me. Also, he’s a shortarse.
I miss him.