You see but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room.”
“Well, some hundreds of times.”
“Then how many are there?”
“How many? I don’t know.”
“Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen.
Holmes and Watson discussing Holmes’ methods at Baker St. From ‘A Scandal In Bohemia,’ The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (via robinade)
Oh God I know there are 17 steps and I don’t even live there! (via thebaconsandwichofregret)
^This. Plus I know what kind of tree is in the backyard.
It’s different when you’re reading, though. I’d definitely say we have an advantage over Watson.