Today is also the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In celebration, here are a few related links:
Discovering Sherlock Holmes (Stanford University)
Project Gutenberg Titles by Arthur Conan Doyle (audio and text)
The Sherlock Holmes Canon Online
Doyle's Non-Holmes Works on the Web
Some Doyle-related audio downloads are available at the following:
The Mercury Theater on the Air
AudioBooksforFree.com (Search "Arthur Conan Doyle")
And some quotes for the day by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
"The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
-from The Hound of the Baskervilles
"Do you know anything on earth which has not a dangerous side if it is mishandled and exaggerated?"
-from The Land of Mist
"The charlatan is always the pioneer. From the astrologer came the astronomer, from the alchemist the chemist, from the mesmerist the experimental psychologist. The quack of yesterday is the professor of tomorrow."
-from The Leather Funnel
"'The Valley of Fear,'" the lady answered. "That was an expression he has used when I questioned him. 'I have been in the Valley of Fear. I am not out of it yet.' -- 'Are we never to get out of the Valley of Fear?' I have asked him when I have seen him more serious than usual. 'Sometimes I think that we never shall,' he has answered."
-from The Valley of Fear
I look out at the sunrise--that fateful sunrise which will shine upon an unpeopled world. The human race is gone, extinguished in a day, but the planets swing round and the tides rise or fall, and the wind whispers, and all nature goes her way, down, as it would seem, to the very amoeba, with never a sign that he who styled himself the lord of creation had ever blessed or cursed the universe with his presence.
-from The Poison Belt