Cold, or Coldness refers to the condition or subjective perception of a relatively low level of heat energy, measurable by temperature scales, with a lower bound to temperature at absolute zero, defined as 0 K on the Kelvin scale, an absolute thermodynamic temperature scale. This corresponds to −273.15 °C on the Celsius scale, and −459.67 °F on the Fahrenheit scale. Metaphorically "coldness" can indicate emotional indifference or lack of empathy, contrasted with "warmth" of affections, or "heat" of passions.
- A cold coming they had of it, at this time of the year; just the worst time of the year to take a journey, and specially a long journey, in.
- Lancelot Andrewes, Sermon 15, Of the Nativity (1622).
- Do you wish to honor the Body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments while outside it is naked and numb with cold. He who said, “This is my body,” and made it so by his word, is the same that said, “You saw me hungry and you gave me no food. As you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.” Honor him then by sharing your property with the poor. For what God needs is not golden chalices but golden souls.
- Mr. Freeze: The snow is beautiful, don't you think? Clean, uncompromising...
- Batman: And cold.
- Mr. Freeze: Like the swift hand of vengeance.
- Batman: The Animated Series "Heart of Ice", September 7, 1992, written by Paul Dini.
- If I was not assured by the best authority on earth that the world is to be destroyed by fire, I should conclude that the day of destruction is at hand, but brought on by means of an agent very opposite to that of heat.
- Charles Dodgson (bishop) quoted in Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (1898), p. 5
- People ask the way to Cold Mountain.
Cold Mountain? There is no road that goes through.
Even in summer the ice doesn't melt;
Though the sun comes out, the fog is blinding.
How can you hope to get there by aping me?
Your heart and mine are not alike.
If your heart were the same as mine,
Then you could journey to the very center!
- Hanshan, as translated by Burton Watson, in Cold Mountain: 100 Poems by the T'ang Poet Han-shan (1970)
- Here I stand
In the light of day!
Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway!
- I love thee, I love but thee,
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold,
And the stars are old,
And the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold!
- Bayard Taylor, in "Bedouin Song" (1853), in The Poetical Works of Bayard Taylor (1907), p. 69