Quotes: Entropy, the final enemy of all things

Recently I wrote about the books I read in 2015, and promised a post with quotes I particularly liked. These fall into several categories: funny ones, those with a high coolness factor, and those that make one reconsider about something or are otherwise interesting. Before I get to that though, I just have to post my collection of quotes on entropy 🙂

“You cannot fight entropy.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Neutronium Alchemist

“It is the epitome of entropy, the final enemy of all things.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Evolutionary Void

“Time travel is pure bullshit, impossible; nobody can defeat causality or entropy.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Temporal Void

“Venter Biomorphics—the last of the old-time corporations—had finally lost the fight against entropy and been swept away.”

― Peter Watts, Echopraxia (Firefall)

“Yet, in the end, entropy will always emerge victorious, snuffing out the very last glimmer of heat and light. After that there is only darkness. When that state is reached even eternity will cease to exist, for one moment will be like every other and nothingness will claim the universe.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Temporal Void

“Out of twinkling stardust all came, into dark matter all will fall. Death mocks us as we laugh defiance at entropy, yet ignorance birthed mortals sail forth upon time’s cruel sea.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Temporal Void

“This must be the sixth realm, the nameless void. Entropy is the only lord here. We will all bow down before him in the end.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Naked God

“This universe and all it is connected with will come to an end. Entropy carries us towards the inevitable omega point, that is why entropy exists.”
― Peter F. Hamilton, The Naked God

Hamilton makes it seem like entropy is so evil. Luckily there are more enlightened characters in other novels!

“Entropy is a bitch,” I said. “Now, now,” said Aenea from where she was leaning on the terrace wall. “Entropy can be our friend.”
― Dan Simmons, Endymion (Hyperion Cantos)

“Nothing up there tonight but entropy, and the same imaginary shapes that people had been imposing on nature since they’d first thought to wonder at the heavens.”

― Peter Watts, Echopraxia (Firefall)

As a bonus, enjoy this great short story by Asimov about entropy:

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