Temperature Quotes

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Josh Bazell
“In metric, one milliliter of water occupies one cubic centimeter, weighs one gram, and requires one calorie of energy to heat up by one degree centigrade—which is 1 percent of the difference between its freezing point and its boiling point. An amount of hydrogen weighing the same amount has exactly one mole of atoms in it. Whereas in the American system, the answer to ‘How much energy does it take to boil a room-temperature gallon of water?’ is ‘Go fuck yourself,’ because you can’t directly relate any of those quantities.”
Josh Bazell, Wild Thing

Amanda Mosher
“I love to feel the temperature drop and the wind increase just before a thunderstorm. Then I climb in bed with the thunder.”
Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

Ryū Murakami
“In heated rooms, he often felt the outlines of his body, the border between him and the external world, grow disturbingly fuzzy.”
Ryū Murakami, Piercing

Susan Ee
“How do you tell time here?’

‘It’ll get hotter,’ says Thermo. ‘We can meet when we feel like we’re baking.’

‘That’d be now,’ says Howler.

‘We’ll meet when Howler feels like he’s burning and the rest of us feel like we’re baking,’ says Raffe.”
Susan Ee, End of Days

Lionel Shriver
“Outside, she thought that there ought to be a word for it: the air temperature that was perfectly neither hot nor cold. One degree lower, and she might have felt a faint misgiving about not having brought a jacket. One degree higher, and a skim of sweat might have glistened at her hairline. But at this precise degree, she required neither wrap nor breeze. Were there a word for such a temperature, there would have to be a corollary for the particular ecstasy of greeting it - the heedlessness, the needlessness, the suspended lack of urgency, as if time could stop, or should. Usually temperature was a battle; only at this exact fulcrum was it an active delight.”
Lionel Shriver, The Post-Birthday World

Christopher Buckley
“Nothing raises the national temperature more than a VACANCY sign hanging from the colonnaded front of the Supreme Court. ”
Christopher Buckley, Supreme Courtship

James Clerk Maxwell
“So many of the properties of matter, especially when in the gaseous form, can be deduced from the hypothesis that their minute parts are in rapid motion, the velocity increasing with the temperature, that the precise nature of this motion becomes a subject of rational curiosity. Daniel Bernoulli, John Herapath, Joule, Krönig, Clausius, &c., have shewn that the relations between pressure, temperature and density in a perfect gas can be explained by supposing the particles move with uniform velocity in straight lines, striking against the sides of the containing vessel and thus producing pressure. (1860)”
James Clerk Maxwell, The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell: Volume II

Ray Bradbury
“More murders are committed at ninety-two degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature. Over one hundred, it's too hot to move. Under ninety, cool enough to survive. But right at ninety-two degrees lies the apex of irritability, everything is itches and hair and sweat and cooked pork. The brain becomes a rat rushing around a red-hot maze. The least thing - a word, a look, a sound, the drop of a hair and - irritable murder. Irritable murder, there's a pretty and terrifying phrase for you.

- Touched with Fire
Ray Bradbury, The October Country

Steven Magee
“The very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea was always cold and the telescope domes were chilled to the nighttime temperature which was often below freezing in wintertime.”
Steven Magee

Maggie Stiefvater
“I couldn't shed the cold; it clung to every bit of me.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Roy Blount Jr.
“Perhaps the truth is that heavy literature blooms in extremes of temperature.”
Roy Blount Jr., Where Books Fall Open: A Reader's Anthology of Wit & Passion

Elaine Dundy
“It was one of those nights when the air is blood-temperature and it's impossible to tell where you leave off and it begins.”
Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

Ljupka Cvetanova
“Don't worry about negative temperatures because minus times minus equals plus. If you are not very good at Maths, then put some rum in the tea.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Thomas Mann
“Eh bien, toi, qu'est-ce qui t'arrive ? Il fait si beau temps. [...] Quelle mouche t'a piqué ?
- Je n'ai rien, dit Joachim. Mais tu as l'air échauffé. Je crois que c'en soit fini de ta baisse de température."
En effet, c'en était fini. La dépression humiliante de l'organisme de Hans Castorp était surmontée par le salut qu'il avait échangé avec Clawdia Chauchat, et, à proprement parler, c'était à la conscience qu'il avait de ce fait que tenait en réalité sa satisfaction. Oui. Joachim avait eu raison : le mercure reprenait son ascension. Lorsque Hans Castorp, de retour de sa promenade, le consulta, il monta jusqu'à 38 degrés.”
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

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W.G. Sebald
“Thirty-six degrees, according to Alphonso, has always proved the best natural level, a kind of magic threshold, and it had sometimes occurred to him, Alphonso, said Austerlitz, that all mankind's misfortunes were connected with its departure at some point in time from that norm, and with the slightly feverish, overheated condition in which we constantly found ourselves.”
W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

“With every second in the lift the temperature plummets. I’m beginning to think I should have stayed where I was.”
David Chitty, Shoal: A Thanet Writers Anthology

Gina Marinello-Sweeney
“75 degrees: the perfect—and possibly only acceptable—temperature.”
Gina Marinello-Sweeney, Peter

J.S. Mason
“Santa was sweating, so much so that he realized that his coat was in no way indicative of a man who acclimated to changing temperature conditions”
J.S. Mason, The Ghost Therapist...And Other Grand Delights

Alix E. Harrow
“Now, tell me, have you ever heard of upyr? Vampir? Shrtriga?" The words rolled and hissed in his mouth. They reminded me, for no clear reason, of the trip I'd taken with Mr. Locke to Vienna when I was twelve. It'd been February and the city was shadowed, wind-scoured, old. "Well, the name hardly matters. I'm sure you've heard of them in general outline: things that creep out of the black forests of the north and feast on the lifeblood of the living."
He was removing the glove from his left hand as he spoke, tugging on each white fingertip. "Lies spread by superstitious peasants, in the main, repeated in story papers and sold to Victorian urchins." Now his hand was entirely free, fingers so pale I could see blue veins threading them. "Stoker should've been summarily executed, if you ask me."
And he reached toward me. There was perhaps half a second before his fingertip touched me when all the fine hairs on my arm stood straight and my heart seized and I knew, in a scrabbling, animalish way, that I shouldn't let him touch me, that I should scream for help- but it was too late.
His finger was cold against my skin. Beyond cold. An aching, burning, tooth-hurting absence of heat. My body warmth drained desperately toward it, but the cold was ravenous. My lips tried to form words but they felt numb and clumsy, as if I'd been out walking in freezing wind.”
Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Sean Dietrich
“November. It was already getting cold in the Panhandle. I'm talking bone cold. Temperatures were sinking all the way to sixty-two degrees in some places.”
Sean Dietrich, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: A Memoir of Learning to Believe You’re Gonna Be Okay

“Norma: 'I agree with Smar. I have noticed a rise in temperature.' Angie: 'Now that you mention it, lately I have more sweat than ever. I used hydrocortizone two times. Then I used liquid powder to prevent the burn.”
enlatia, Pandemiconium: Viral Conspiracy

A.D. Aliwat
“Being too cold is just as bad as being too hot.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Elizabeth Kolbert
“We're no at about 1.1, 1.2 Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and the conclusion is that this is already too much. The Arctic sea ice, for example, has been melting far more rapidly than was predicted. We're seeing the Greenland ice sheet beginning to melt more quickly that was predicted. So how do we with this? Sir David King, chief science adviser to British prime minister Tony Blair.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“You can adjust the thermostat, but you can’t alter the reality of temperature.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Teju Cole
“It is amazing, he said, how little variation, too hot or too cold, can lead to complaints. We have efficient HVAC systems - that stands for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning - and in the summer, we try to keep things ten to fifteen degrees cooler than it is outside. We are constantly checking them, so it is a big operation. But of course no one notices the temperature unless it becomes uncomfortable, when the nozzles get blocked, or there's a local break-down in the system. And, he added with a laugh, you don't ever notice your oxygen until it's gone: something goes wrong with the HVAC, even for fifteen minutes, and people are ready to riot.”
Teju Cole, Open City