While Robert Downey Jr's incarnation of Sherlock Holmes might have featured him involved in more fights than we usually expect from the character, he also relied on his sharp tongue to get out of fraught situations. And he wasn't alone, with the scripts providing plenty of opportunities for the characters to deliver some intriguing pearls of wisdom.
As we impatiently wait for news on the forthcoming third instalment, we've decided to take a look back at Guy Ritchie's first two big screen Sherlock outings and pick out the greatest wise words from Holmes et al.
“The little details are by far the most important."
"Slow and steady wins the race."
"How terrible is wisdom, when it brings no profit to the wise."
"Bad people do bad things because they can."
"The laws of celestial mechanics dictate that when two objects collide, there is always damage, of a collateral nature."
"No girl wants to marry a doctor who can't tell if a man's dead or not!"
"There's nothing more elusive than an obvious fact."
"Death … is only the beginning."
"Never theorise before you have data. Invariably, you end up twisting facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."
"Crime is common. Logic is rare."
"Don't fill up on bread."
"What better place to start a war than a peace summit?"
"Data, data, data, I cannot make bricks without clay."
"You see, hidden within the unconscious, there is an insatiable desire for conflict."
"Perhaps it's better for one to die alone than to live life in an eternal purgatory."
"Fear being the most powerful weapon of all"