Sherlock about Mycroft (in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"): "You are right in thinking that he under the British government. You would also be right in a sense if you said that occasionally he IS the British government.
Mycroft draws four hundred and fifty pounds a year, remains a subordinate, has no ambitions of any kind, will receive neither honour nor title, but remains the most indispensable man in the country.
...His position is unique. He has made it for himself. There has never been anything like it before, nor will be again. He has the tidiest and most...
"Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (#2.1)" (2012)
Mycroft Holmes: We are in Buckingham Palace, the very heart of the British nation. Sherlock Holmes, put your trousers on!
Mycroft Holmes: This is a matter of national importance. Grow up!
Sherlock Holmes: [dressed only in a bedsheet, on which Mycroft is standing] Get off my sheet!
Mycroft Holmes: Or what?
Sherlock Holmes: Or I'll just walk away.
Mycroft Holmes: I'll let you!
Mycroft Holmes is a character in the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the elder brother (by seven years) of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.
Possessing inductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, Mycroft is nevertheless incapable of performing detective work similar to that of Sherlock as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions.
...he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble...