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“The idea that the same amount of heat causes a greater change of entropy in a cold place than a hot one can seem strange. But consider this as an analogy: A noisy, crowded pub is next to a quiet library. Five rowdy people leave the pub. The din drops but by an indiscernible amount. The five stumble into the library. The noisiness there increases noticeably. When a group of raucous people enter a quiet place, the increase in disruption there is much greater than its fall in the boisterous place from which they came.”
Paul Sen, Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe

Ian Olasov
“We can’t help but look for faces everywhere, and it’s harmlessly exciting to find one in an unexpected place. But in our more sober moments, we realize that this is silly. Even if my breakfast looks exactly like the Virgin Mary, it’s just an immaculate deception. I’ll show myself out.”
Ian Olasov, Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions

Mark Harris
“On October 23, 1963, Barefoot in the Park opened on Broadway. Just before his extremely nervous cast took the stage, Nichols gathered them for a final pep talk. “Everybody relax,” Redford says he told them. “You know your positions, you know your laughs, you know your lines, you know where the comfort zones are. So enjoy yourselves, and remember: Everything depends on tonight.”
Mark Harris, Mike Nichols: A Life

Jim Butcher
“Oh. Is this, um, Harry Dresden? The, ah, wizard?” Her tone was apologetic, as though she were terribly afraid she would be insulting me. No, I thought. It’s Harry Dresden the, ah, lizard. Harry the wizard is one door down.”
Jim Butcher, Storm Front

Norman Maclean
“It’s hard enough to find out about the things the universe prefers to keep hidden without our government, which somebody you know must have voted for, covering up what has already been found. Sometimes, of course, it hides things to save its own neck and sometimes seemingly just for the hell of it.”
Norman Maclean, Young Men and Fire

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