CAT QUOTES BY AUTHOR

 

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“A cat is there when you call her – if she doesn’t have something better to do.” — Bill Adler

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 “If the grass looked greener on my side of the fence, it was because my cats kept peeing near it.”  

Shannon L. Adler 

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“The only thing a cat worries about is what’s happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.” ― Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

 

“Two cats can live as cheaply as one and their owner has twice as much fun.” —Lloyd Alexander

 

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 “In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, a cat walks with confidence.”– Roseanne Amberson 

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 “The cat has been described as the most perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the supreme example in the animal Kingdom of the coordination of mind and muscle.”   – R.Ambrose-Brown

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“Cats are only human, they have their faults.”– Kingsley Amis

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“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.”  Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

 

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 “My old black cat, he passed away this morning. He never knew what a heartache was. Woke up late and he danced till noon. If questioned why, answered just because. He never spoke much, preferring silence. Eight lost lives was all he had.” ― Ian Anderson 

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“Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.” ― Ilona Andrews, Magic Strikes

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 “Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” Anonymous

“Every life should have nine cats.”—Anonymous

“A cute expression and a purr, and the latest shredding incident is forgiven.” –Anonymous

“A true cat lover cradles a new kitten and knows that 9 lives will never be nearly enough.” –Anonymous

“A cat keeps her claws sharp because she knows a purr might not be enough.” –Anonymous

“A cat may look at a king.”

 –Anonymous Title of a Pamphlet (Published 1652).

“Cats have increased the excitement caused by the arrival of our modern missionaries amongst an isolated and untaught people.” Anonymous,  The Cat 1857

“There are many intelligent creatures in the universe and they are all owned by cats.”  Anonymous

“My cat knows the song in my heart and purrs it to me when my memory fails.”—Anonymous

“If you can remember how many cats you have, you don’t have enough.” –Anonymous

“It’s very hard to be polite if you’re a cat.”—Anonymous

“If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him.” –Anonymous

 “Cats are poetry in motion; dogs are gibberish in neutral.” – Anonymous

“A cat knows exactly what you are and treats you accordingly.” –Anonymous

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 Le Chat

Je souhaite dans ma maison:
Une femme ayant sa raison.
Un chat passant parmi les livres.
Des amis en toute saison
Sans lesquels je ne peux pas vivre.” 
― Guillaume Apollinaire, Alcools

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 “Cats can be funny and have the oddest way of showing they’re pleased to see you.”  Rumiface peed in our shoes.”  W.H. Auden

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 “I’m like Cat here. We’re a couple of no-name slobs. We belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”  George Axelrod (b. 1922), screenwriter. Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961).)

 

 

 

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“One of my biggest fears is that I’m going to die alone in my home, and my cats will eat me because I am too dead to open their food cans.” —-Kelli Jae Baeli, Bettered by a Dead Crustacean

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“Cats’ hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other.”– Stephen Baker

 

“To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction–and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.”– Stephen Baker

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“The only purpose of cats is that they constitute mobile decorative objects, a concept which I find intellectually interesting, but unfortunately our cats have such drooping bellies that this does not apply to them.” ― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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“Cats are independent, by which I mean smart.”— Dave Barry

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“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.”— Wesley Bates

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“Like those great sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they gaze incuriously at nothing, calm and wise.”— Charles Baudelaire

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“When I meow it means…..I am hungry…I want food in my bowl…I want food in my bowl right now…I want to go out…I want to come in…Brush me…Get my toy out from under the sofa…It’s time to change the litter…I just put a mouse in the bureau drawer…I did not break that vase…Get me down from this tree…Please kill that dog next door…Hello…Goodbye.”   —Henry Beard

From CATS ARE KIND

“A man said to the universe,
‘Sir, I exist!’
‘Excellent,’ replied the universe,
‘I’ve been looking for someone to take care of my cats.” 
― Henry N. Beard, Poetry for Cats: The Definitive Anthology of Distinguished Feline Verse

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“He lives in the half lights, in secret places, free and alone–this little-great being whom his mistress calls, ‘My Cat.'” —Margaret Benson

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“It has been the providence of Nature to give the cat nine lives instead of one.”– Bidpai (circa 326 B.C.)

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“My heart starts to slow down. Glancing down at the floor, I see Tybalt, who is glaring at me with a puffed-up tail. I wonder if he had been sleeping on my chest and I catapulted him off when I woke up. I don’t remember, but I wish that I did, because it would’ve been hilarious.” 
― Kendare Blake, Anna Dressed in Blood

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“If a cat spoke, it would say things like ‘Hey, I don’t see the problem here.” ― Roy Blount Jr.

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“. . . cats invented self-esteem. There is not an insecure bone in their body.” Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

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Animals are ever so psychic. There are some people who just can’t come in here…. The cats particularly. They seem to know. You can fool everybody, but landy M deary-me, you can’t fool a cat. They seem to know who’s not right, if you know what I mean.  Dewitt Bodeen (1908-1988)

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“i wish i had 15-20 cats that would serve as a blanket, like if i moved they would adjust to my new position, that would be good” ― Megan Boyle

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“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”  Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“Any owner of cats will know of what I speak. Cats come at dawn to sit on your bed. They may not nip your nose or inhale your breath or make a sound. They simply sit there and stare at you until you open one eyelid and spy them there about to drop dead for need of feeding. So it is with ideas. They come silently in the hour of trying to wake up and remember my name. The notions and fancies sit on the edge of my wits, whisper in my ears and then, if I don’t rouse, give more than cats give: a good knock in the head, which gets me out and down to my typewriter before the ideas flee or die or both. In any event, I make the ideas come to me. I do not go to them. I provoke their patience by pretending disregard. This infuriates the latent creature until it is almost raving to be born and once born, nourished. “ Ray Bradbury

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“The real measure of a day’s heat is the length of a sleeping cat.”  Charles J. Brady

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“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
These intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran” ― Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Saw Stars

“Dogs have their day but cats have 365.” ― Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who… Omnibus 02 (Books 4-6): The Cat Who Saw Red / The Cat Who Played Brahms / The Cat Who Played Post Office

 “Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.”– Lilian Jackson Braun

 “At dinner time he would sit in a corner, concentrating; and suddenly they would say, ‘Time to feed the cat,’ as if it were their idea.”  Lilian Jackson Braun

“…if you’ve never been cussed out by a Siamese, you don’t know what profanity is all about!” ― Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Saw Red

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“As we all know, cats now rule the world.”– John R.F. Breen

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 “A cat isn’t fussy—just as long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate.  From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.” —Arthur Bridges

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 “Cats don’t beat themselves up about not working hard enough. They don’t get up and go, they sit down and stay. For them, lethargy is an art form. From their vantage points on top of fences and window ledges, they see the treadmills of human obligations for what they are – a meaningless waste of nap time.” ― Helen Brown, Cleo

“Guilt isn’t in cat vocabulary. They never suffer remorse for eating too much, sleeping too long or hogging the warmest cushion in the house. They welcome every pleasurable moment as it unravels and savour it to the full until a butterfly or falling leaf diverts their attention. They don’t waste energy counting the number of calories they’ve consumed or the hours they’ve frittered away sunbathing.”  –Helen Brown

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“Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.” ― Pam Brown

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.”  Pam Brown

 “The trouble with sharing one’s bed with cats is that they’d rather sleep on you than beside you.”  Pam Brown

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 “It was difficult to be vexed by a creature that burst into a chorus of purring as soon as I spoke to him.”  Philip Brown

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“The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal…it’s also the reason they hate birds.”  KC Buffington

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 “when I am feeling

low
all i have to do is
watch my cats
and my
courage
returns” 
― Charles Bukowski

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“Not fooling around, not bothering nobody, just sitting here mending the Primus,” said the cat with a hostile frown, “and, moreover, I consider it my duty to warn you that the cat is an ancient, inviolable animal.” ― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

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“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.”  Jean Burden, Celebration Of Cats

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“You know a real friend?
Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.”  William S. Burroughs, Last Words:  The Final Journals.

 “Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 “Take care of my babies. Take them with you wherever you go.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 “May 4, 1985. I am packing for a short trip to New York to discuss the cat book with Brion. In the front room where the kittens are kept, Calico Jane is nursing one black kitten. I pick up my Tourister. It seems heavy. I look inside and there are her other four kittens.”  William S. Burroughs

“There is no final enough of wisdom, experience- any fucking thing. No Holy Grail, No Final Satori, no solution. Just conflict. Only thing that can resolve conflict is love, like I felt for Fletch and Ruski, Spooner, and Calico. Pure love. What I feel for my cats past and present.Love? What is it? Most natural painkiller what there is. LOVE.”  William S. Burroughs, Last Words, 7/30/97

 “And there are my cats, engaged in a ritual that goes back thousands of years, tranquilly licking themselves after the meal. Practical animals, they prefer to have others provide the food … some of them do. There must have been a split between the cats who accepted domestication and those who did not.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 “The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 “I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren’t cute,& if they are cute they rapidly outgrow it.”― William S. Burroughs

 “Cat hate reflects an ugly, stupid, loutish, bigoted spirit. There can be no compromise with this Ugly Spirit.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

“Evidence indicates that cats were first tamed in Egypt. The Egyptians stored grain, which attracted rodents, which attracted cats. (No evidence that such a thing happened with the Mayans, though a number of wild cats are native to the area.) I don’t think this is accurate. It is certainly not the whole story. Cats didn’t start as mousers. Weasels and snakes and dogs are more efficient as rodent-control agents. I postulate that cats started as psychic companions, as Familiars, and have never deviated from this function.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

 “A cat’s rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.” ― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside  

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“Anyone who claims that a cat cannot give a dirty look has either never kept a cat or is singularly unobservant.” —Maurice Burton

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“Cats are our last best chance to have a dysfunctional relationship.”– John Bush

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“They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say: Can he name a kitten?”– Samuel Butler

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“If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr.”– Martin Buxbaum

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“To err is human, to purr is feline.” ― Robert Byrne, The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said

 

 

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“Cat people are different to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be with a cat running their lives?” – Louis J. Camuti, D.V.M. 

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“Among human beings, a cat is merely a cat; among cats, a cat is a prowling shadow in a jungle.”—Karel Capek

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“A cat knows how to be comfortable, how to get the people around it to serve it. In a tranquil domestic situation, the cat is a veritable manipulative genius. It seeks the soft, it seeks the warm, it prefers the quiet and it loves to be full. It displays, when it gets its own way in these matters, a degree of contentment we would all like to emulate.” ― Roger A. Caras, A Celebration Of Cats

“Cats make one of the most satisfying sounds in the world:  They purr…a purring cat is a form of high praise, like a gold star on a test paper.  It is reinforcement for something we would all like to believe about ourselves—that we are nice.”  Roger A. Caras

“In Egypt: Under no conditions, under threat of death could anyone kill a cat. People were executed for even killing a cat accidentally. And when a cat died, the whole family, and probably their closest friends, went into mourning, the measure of their personal loss signaled by their shaving off their eyebrows.” ― Roger A. Caras, A Celebration Of Cats

“Cats don’t like change without their consent.”– Roger A. Caras

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“Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it.”– Winifred Carriere

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“Madame Lefoux accepted a cup of tea and sat on another little settee, next to the relocated calico cat. The cat clearly believed Madame Lefoux was there to provide chin scratches. Madame Lefoux provided.” ― Gail Carriger, Changeless

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“Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

 “It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they always purr.” —Lewis Carroll

 “And how do you know that you’re mad? “To begin with,” said the Cat, “a dog’s not mad. You grant that?” I suppose so, said Alice. “Well then,” the Cat went on, “you see a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tale when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.”  Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in the Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

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“Cats choose us; we don’t own them.” ― Kristin Cast

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“I’ve found that the way a person feels about cats-and the way they feel about him or her in return-is usually an excellent gauge by which to measure a person’s character”  P.C. Cast, Marked 

“My cat is not insane, she’s just a really good actress.”  P.C. Cast, Untamed

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“The mind of God may be glimpsed in the eyes of a cat.” —Celtic Saying

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“Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.”—Cervantes 

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“A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude.”– Jules Champfleury

“There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten.”– Jules Champfleury

“To understand a cat one must be a woman or poet.”  Jules Champfleury

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“Our cat is growing positively tyrannical. If she finds herself alone anywhere she emits blood curdling yells until somebody comes running. She sleeps on a table in the service porch and now demands to be lifted up and down from it. She gets warm milk about eight o’clock at night and starts yelling for it about 7.30.” –Raymond Chandler

“I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.”Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

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“Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world – the clock and the cat.” – Emile Auguste Chartier

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“The cat lives alone.  He has no need of society.  He obeys only when he wishes, he pretends to sleep the better to see, and scratches everything he can scratch.” Chateaubriand (1768-1848)

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“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” 
― Winston Churchill

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“Even the stupidest cat seems to know more than any dog.” Eleanor Clark

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“The cat cleans her face with a look of delight.”  John Clarke (1793-1864)

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“Such nonsense!” declared Dr Greysteel. “Whoever heard of cats doing anything useful!”
“Except for staring at one in a supercilious manner,” said Strange. “That has a sort of moral usefulness, I suppose, in making one feel uncomfortable and encouraging sober reflection upon one’s imperfections.” ― Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“For, though the room was silent, the silence of half a hundred cats is a peculiar thing, like fifty individual silences all piled one on top of another.”   Susanna Clarke

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“I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.”  Jean Cocteau

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“I am indebted to the species of the cat for a particular kind of honorable deceit, for a great control over myself, for characteristic aversion to brutal sounds, and for the need to keep silent for long periods of time.” – Colette

“There are no ordinary cats.” – Colette

“By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer.” – Colette

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Colette

“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Colette

“The cat is the animal to whom the creator gave the biggest eyes, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivaled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose tree.” Colette

“French novelist Colette was a firm cat-lover. When she was in the U.S. she saw a cat sitting in the street. She went over to talk to it and the two of them mewed at each other for a friendly minute. Colette turned to her companion and exclaimed, “Enfin! Quelqu’un qui parle francais.” (At last! Someone who speaks French!) – Anonymous

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“No tame animal has lost less of its native dignity or maintained more of its ancient reserve. The domestic cat might rebel tomorrow.”– William Conway

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“Every life has a love story, even though the beloved may be imaginary, or a cat.” Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

“A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.”― Mason Cooley

“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” Mason Cooley

 “Dogs often remind us of the human, all-too-human. Cats, never.” Mason Cooley   

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“Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort.”– Paul Corey, “Do Cats Think?”

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“I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.”  Julio CortázarAround the Day in Eighty Worlds 

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“Cats are designated friends.”– Norman Corwin

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“If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.”– Will Cuppy

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“Cats come and go without ever leaving.”– Martha Curtis

 

 

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“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”– Comedian Bill Dana

 

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“To respect the cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense.”  Erasmus Darwin

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“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.”  Robertson Davies

 

“The great charm of cats is their rampant egotism, their devil-may-care attitude toward responsibility, their disinclination to earn an honest dollar.” – Robertson Davies 

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“In my world, the grass is green, the sky is blue and all cats are orange.” —Jim Davis (Creator of “Garfield”)

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“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”– Leonardo da Vinci 

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“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”– Jim Davis

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“Indeed, organizing atheists has been compared to herding cats, because they tend to think independently and will not conform to authority.” ―Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion 

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“When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?” 
― Michel de Montaigne, Apology for Raymond Sebond

 

 “In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.” ― Michel de Montaigne

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 “A cat allows you to sleep on the bed.  On the edge.”  Jenny de Vries

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“I will always remember the olive-eyed tabby who taught me that not all relationships are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes just an hour is enough to touch your heart.”– Barbara L. Diamond 

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”  Charles Dickens

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“Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own.”– John Dingman

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“Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.” – Missy Dizick

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“Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don’t you have a slogan: `Kill a cat and save a bird?”  Duke of Edinburgh at a project to protect turtle doves in Anguilla in 1965 

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“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.”– Leo Dworken

 

 

 

 

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“In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat.” Warren Eckstein 

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“In my house lives a cat who is a curmudgeon and cantankerous, a cat who is charming and convivial, and a cat who is combative and commendable. And yet I have but one cat.”  David Edwards

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“There is nothing in the animal world, to my mind, more delightful than grown cats at play.  They are so swift and light and graceful, so subtle and designing, and yet so richly comic.”  Monica Edwards

 “Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.”– Monica Edwards

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“A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days.”– Albert Einstein 

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“Cats must have three names–an everyday name, such as Peter; a more particular, dignified name, such as Quaxo, Bombalurina, or Jellylorum; and, thirdly, the name the cat thinks up for himself, his deep and inscrutable singular Name.”– T.S. Eliot

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“A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it.”– Joseph Epstein

 

 

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“It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see.”  Eleanor Farjeon

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“To assume a cat’s asleep is a grave mistake. He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake.”– Aileen Fisher

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“Cat rescue is like a virus,” says Des placidly about the cat obsession that has taken over his life. “And once you’re infected, it’s incurable.”  Denise Flaim, Rescue Ink: How Ten Guys Saved Countless Dogs and Cats, Twelve Horses, Five Pigs, One Duck,and a Few Turtles

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“Of course, maybe I’d end up like one of those crazy old people with, like, sixty cats. And one day, the neighbors would complain about the smell, and it would turn out I’d died and the cats had eaten me.  Still, it might be nice to have a cat.” ― Alex Flinn

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“Walter had never liked cats. They’d seemed to him the sociopaths of the pet world, a species domesticated as an evil necessary for the control of rodents and subsequently fetishized the way unhappy countries fetishize their militaries, saluting the uniforms of killers as cat owners stroke their animals’ lovely fur and forgive their claws and fangs. He’d never seen anything in a cat’s face but simpering incuriosity and self-interest; you only had to tease one with a mouse-toy to see where it’s true heart lay…cats were all about using people” ― Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

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“No matter how tired or wretched I am, a pussycat sitting in a doorway can divert my mind.”– Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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“The smart cat doesn’t let on that he is.”– H. G. Frommer

 

 

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“The cat dropped the rat between its two front paws. “There are those,” it said with a sigh, in tones as smooth as oiled silk, “who have suggested that the tendency of a cat to play with its prey is a merciful one – after all, it permits the occasional funny little running snack to escape, from time to time. How often does your dinner get to escape?” 
 Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. “Calling cats,” it confided, “tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

 “What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’

‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.” 
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” ― Neil Gaiman

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“No one has ever been able to discover how they make this subtle sound, and what is more, no one ever will. It is a secret that has endured from the very beginning of the time of cats and will never be revealed.” ― Paul Gallico

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“Nothin’ wrong with havin’ a cat in the house. They can see what most people can’t, like the folks in the Otherworld when they cross back over – the good ones and the bad. And they get rid a mice.” 
― Kami Garcia, Beautiful Darkness

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“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!”– Theophile Gautier

“It is a difficult matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical, methodical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend, if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave.”  Théophile Gautier, Ménagerie Intime

“Once [a cat] has given its love, what absolute confidence, what fidelity of affection! It will make itself the companion of your hours of work, of loneliness, or of sadness. It will lie the whole evening on your knee, purring and happy in your society, and leaving the company of creatures of its own society to be with you.”  Théophile Gautier, Ménagerie Intime

 “He was very fond of these delightful creatures, quiet, mysterious, with their electric shiver, whose favourite attitude is the prone pose of the sphinxes, which seem to have passed their secret on to them.  They prowl with velvet paws through the house, like the genius loci, or come and sit down by the writer, keeping his thoughts company and gazing at him out of the depths of their eyes, dusted with god, with intelligent tenderness and magical penetration.  It seems as though cats divine the thought passing from the brain to the pen, and as they stretch out a paw they are trying to seize it on its way.”  Théophile Gautier, on Baudelaire and his cats

 “The cat is a dilettante in fur.”  Théophile Gautier

“A cat, with its phosphorescent eyes that shine like lanterns and sparks flashing from its back, moves fearlessly through the darkness, where it meets wandering ghosts, witches, alchemists, necromancers, grave-robbers, lovers, thieves, murderers, grey-cloaked patrols, and all the obscene larvae that only emerge at night.”  Théophile Gautier

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“A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand.”  Vakaoka Genrin

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“Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.”  W. L. George

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“People happily kill other people in the name of everything from a god to a country to an overly developed sense of annoyance when someone cuts across two lanes on a freeway without signaling. Cats will, on occasion, kill other cats but for the most part they are content to puff up their fur, yowl like banshees, and rip the occasional ear off – and all this is usually done for the sake of food or protecting their own territory (which may not be condonable but it is at least rational) .” 
 Peter Gethers, A Cat Abroad

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“Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren’t like this.  A dog’s idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish.”– James Gorman

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“He has become a much better cat than I have a person. With his gentle urgings, he made me realize that life doesn’t end just because one has a few obstacles to overcome.” – Mary F. Graf 

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“I don’t want her to have a cat because she’ll end up talking baby talk to the cat. That’s the way it is, and how can a P.I. do that?”  Sue Grafton (b. 1940)

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“Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.” – Bruce Graham

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“Pluto was a well-known fixture in Bad Münstereifel, at least among those who lived in the old part of town. A large, foul-tempered, and unsterilized inky-black tomcat, he had once made it onto the front page of the local free paper (admittedly during a quiet week as regards other news) after a resident of the town accused him of making an unprovoked attack on her pet dachshund.” 
― Helen Grant, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

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“Cats were put into the world to disprove the dogma that all things were created to serve man.”  Paul Gray

“Cats are a kindly master, just so long as you remember your place.”  Paul Gray 

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“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance.”  Dan Greenburg

“There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person.” 
― Dan Greenberg

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“In performing a variety of intellectually demanding tasks, cats usually emerge as clear winners (over dogs).” – David Greene

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You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, “What’s in it for me?” Lewis Grizzard (1946-1994) 

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“The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, colour scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever colour it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world’s free souls.”– Eric Gurney

 

 

 

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“You know how cats do. They hide to die. Dogs come home.” 
― Thomas Harris, Red Dragon

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“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” 
― Rachel Hartman, Seraphina

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 “Wild beast he created later:

 

Lions with their paws so furious;

 

In the image of the lion

 

Made He kittens, small and curious.”  Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) 

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“Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.” Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

 

 “Never try to outstubborn a cat.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

 

 “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

 

“I woke up in bed with a man and a cat. The man was a stranger; the cat was not.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

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“No animal has more liberty than the cat; but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.” Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

 

 “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway

 

 “One cat just leads to another.” [Letter from Finca Vigia, Cuba, to his first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson (1943).]” ― Ernest Hemingway, Selected Letters 1917-1961

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“Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.”– Oliver Herford 

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“I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.”  James Herriot                                                 

 

 “…(the stray cat) Oscar added many things to our ménage…Each evening I thought afresh that a nice cat washing his face by the hearth gave extra comfort to a room.”  James Herriot

 

 “Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” ― James Herriot, James Herriot’s Cat Stories 

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“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”  Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist:  Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

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“Cats are dogs with a college education”– Grace Hodgson

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“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”  Tay Hohoff 

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“A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.” – Barbara Holland

 “For some people, the pet dog is just a bit too—well, predictable.  Once you have come to know your dog and one or two ways in which she differs from thousands, or perhaps millions, of other dogs, she’s unlikely to astonish you; she’s the same all the way through, like a banana.  The cat is layered, like an artichoke.”  Barbara Holland

 

“There is no ‘cat language.’ Painful as it is for us to admit, they don’t need one!” ― Barbara Holland 

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“There are several cats smoothly moving about, which helped me greatly to relax, for I have always felt that no house is wholly bad where there are cats, and conversely, where there are several cats, a house is bound to be wonderfully charming.” ― Hans Holzer, The Ghost Hunter 

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“I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food – which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value. Asmodeus took to his toy enthusiastically. In another week he permitted me to stroke him, producing a raucous purr, but, in order to save his face, pretending to be asleep.” ― Geoffrey Household, Rogue Male 

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“The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.”– E. W. Howe 

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“God made the cat to give humankind the pleasure of caressing the tiger.”  Victor Hugo 

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I’m sitting here like Sis cat, washing my face and usin’ my manners. Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) 

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“If you want to write, keep cats.” – Aldous Huxley

 

 “If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?” Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

 

 “If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats.”– Aldous Huxley

 

“No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously importunate wife.”– Aldous Huxley

 

 

 

 

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“A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings.”– William Ralph Inge (1860 – 1954)

 

  

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When I’m discouraged, he’s empathy incarnate, purring and rubbing to telegraph his dismay.”– Catheryn Jakobson

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“That got me a look so intense I was unable to interpret it—like the way cats sometimes fix on you.  What they mean by the look is completely beyond understanding; but it’s meant for you, you alone.” Donald James, Walking the Shadows

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“A cat’s got her own opinion of human beings. She don’t say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it.”– Jerome K. Jerome

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“Cats have a sort of game they play when they meet. A player alternates between watching the strange cat and ignoring her, grooming or examining everything around herself – a dead leaf, a cloud – with complete absorption. It is almost accidental how the two cats approach, a sidelong step and then the sitting again. This often ends in a flurry of spitting and slashing claws, too fast to see clearly, and then one or the other (or both) of the cats leap out of range. The game can have one exchange or many – and is not so different from the first meetings of women.” ― Kij Johnson, Fudoki

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“When anyone mistreats it, the cat wants nothing more to do with that person and will remember him or her for a long time. It doesn’t believe in the doctrine of turning the other cheek and won’t pretend that it does.”  Lawrence N. Johnson                                                                                              

“The domestic cat seems to have greater confidence in itself than in anyone else.” – Lawrence N. Johnson

“More than likely it was the cat who first coined and put into practice the sage advice: ‘If you would have a thing done well, you must do it yourself.'” – Lawrence N. Johnson

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“Lecturing Brooks was as useful as lecturing a cat.”― Maureen Johnson, The Key to the Golden Firebird

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“It’s an honor to paint cats.”– Oliver Johnson

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“If you make a fool of yourself in front of a cat, he will sneer at you, if you are sober; he will leave the room if you are drunk. If you make a fool of yourself in front a dog, he will make a fool of himself, too.” ― Chuck Jones

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“All cats are possessed of a proud spirit, and the surest way to forfeit the esteem of a cat is to treat him as an inferior being.” – Michael Joseph

“Is it yet another survival of jungle instinct, this hiding away from prying eyes at important times? Or merely a gesture of independence, a challenge to man and his stupid ways?”– Michael Joseph

 

 

 

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“Alas,” said the mouse, “the world is growing smaller every day.  At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.”  “You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.”  Franz Kafka

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“Cats are endless opportunities for revelation.”– Leslie Kapp

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“A cat lover and his cat have a master/slave relationship. The cat is the master.” —Arthur R Kassin

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“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.”– Garrison Keillor 

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“I’d often heard that having pets prepares a person for parenthood. That, of course, is ridiculous. . . . I have never worried about [the cat’s] grades or ability to make friends.” Marge Kennedy (20th century)

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Of all the things God created, from sunrises and rainbows, to black holes and humor, cats are the most fascinating to me.
” ― Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

“Loyalty is for the dogs. Count me among the cats. And count me twice—once for each of my faces.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

“Cats are like walking brooms you can actually comfortably cuddle with.” ― Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense

“Cats are always there when you need them, asleep, telling you with their body language that they don’t need you.”  ― Jarod Kintz, $3.33

“A cat purring on your lap while you sip hot tea, is there anything better? Oh, and you’re floating in a zero gravity environment.”  Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life

“If my love for cats were hydrogen, there’d be enough of it to give you skin cancer if you didn’t wear suntan lotion. The only sad part for me about getting a cat from the pound is that I can only choose one. If I could, I’d take home all of them. Actually, my view is why take them home? Why not just move in to an animal shelter? But my future wife wouldn’t go for that. Though I’m pretty sure she could move into a shoe store no problem.” ― Jarod Kintz, Gosh, I probably shouldn’t publish this.

“Schrödinger’s cat was a Siamese cat, must have been, because if it’s at once alive and dead, it’s a zombie, and the only zombie cats are Siamese cats.” ― Jarod Kintz

“I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” ― Jarod Kintz

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“The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.”– Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) 

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“Cats don’t need to be possessed; they’re evil on their own.” ― Peter Kreeft 

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“Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments—but I never heard of one that suffered from insomnia.”  Joseph Wood Krutch

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.”– Joseph Krutch

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.” Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970)

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“Cats can’t speak, that’s common sense.
-Yoruichi ” ― Tite Kubo

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“A dog is like a liberal. He wants to please everybody. A cat really doesn’t need to know that everybody loves him.”– William Kunstler

 

 

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“We quickly discovered that two kittens were much more fun than one.”– Allen Lacy

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“I have found it is surprisingly difficult to remain sad when a cat is doing its level best to sandpaper one’s cheeks.” ― R.L. LaFevers, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

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“When a cat flatters … he is not insincere: you may safely take it for real kindness.”   Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

“Cats ask plainly for what they want.” ― Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

“Cats, like men, are flatterers.” ― Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations

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“Of all animals, he alone attains to the Contemplative Life.”– Andrew Lang, “On Observing His Cats”

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“The cat is attractive, adroit, clean, and voluptuous; he likes his leisure, he searches out only the softest furniture to sleep and play on.”  Pierre Larousse

“The philosophes of the last century affirmed on good authority no doubt, that a pronounced taste for cats in certain people was indication of superior merit.” Pierre Larousse

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“A child is a person who can’t understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten.”– Doug Larson

“The cat could very well be man’s best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it.”– Doug Larson

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“I’ve always been mad about cats.”  Vivien Leigh

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“Cats are living adornments.”– Edwin Lent

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“The kitten was six weeks old. It was enchanting, a delicate fairy-tale cat, whose Siamese genes showed in the shape of the face, ears, tail, and the subtle lines of its body. […] She sat, a tiny thing, in the middle of a yellow carpet, surrounded by five worshippers, not at all afraid of us. Then she stalked around that floor of the house, inspecting every inch of it, climbed up on to my bed, crept under the fold of a sheet, and was at home.”  Doris Lessing, On Cats

“If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.”  Doris Lessing, On Cats

 “In the morning, when she wishes me to wake, she crouches on my chest, and pats my face with her paw. Or, if I am on my side, she crouches looking into my face. Soft, soft touches of her paw. I open my eyes, say I don’t want to wake. I close my eyes. Cat gently pats my eyelids. Cat licks my nose. Cat starts purring, two inches from my face. Cat, then, as I lie pretending to be asleep, delicately bites my nose. I laugh and sit up. At which she bounds off my bed and streaks downstairs — to have the back door opened if it is winter, to be fed, if it is summer.”  Doris Lessing, On Cats

“Her ears, lightly fringed with white that looked silver, lifted and moved, back, forward, listening and sensing. Her face turned, slightly, after each new sensation, alert. Her tail moved, in another dimension, as if its tip was catching messages her other organs could not. She sat poised, air-light, looking, hearing, feeling, smelling, breathing, with all of her, fur, whiskers, ears — everything, in delicate vibration.” ― Doris Lessing, On Cats

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“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.”– Abraham Lincoln 

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“Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the contemplative life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha.”– Andrew Long

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“Few animals display their mood via facial expressions as distinctly as cats.”– Konrad Lorenz
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“If by chance I seated myself to write, she very slyly, very tenderly, seeking protection and caresses, would softly take her place on my knee and follow the comings and goings of my pen — sometimes effacing, with an unintentional stroke of her paw, lines of whose tenor she disapproved.”  Pierre Loti

“It is with the approach of winter that cats…wear their richest fur and assume an air of sumptuous and delightful opulence.”– Pierre Loti

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 “It is good to be a cynic — it is better to be a contented cat — and it is best not to exist at all.” 
 H.P. Lovecraft, Collected Essays 5: Philosophy, Autobiography and Miscellany

“Cats reject the conventional American’s sentimental morality and foolish ideals of manliness and sociability, which dogs enthusiastically share.” HP Lovecraft

“The cat lover proves his superiority by rejecting ‘pointless social ability and friendliness, or slivering devotion and obedience….like the cat…he is a free soul …whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.” HP Lovecraft

“Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and stumbles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement. And just as inferior people prefer the inferior animal which scampers excitedly because someone else wants something, so do superior people respect the superior animal which lives its own life and knows that the puerile stick-throwings of alien bipeds are none of its business and beneath its notice. The dog barks and begs and tumbles to amuse you when you crack the whip. That pleases a meekness-loving peasant who relishes a stimulus to his self importance. The cat, on the other hand, charms you into playing for its benefit when it wishes to be amused; making you rush about the room with a paper on a string when it feels like exercise, but refusing all your attempts to make it play when it is not in the humour. That is personality and individuality and self-respect — the calm mastery of a being whose life is its own and not yours — and the superior person recognises and appreciates this because he too is a free soul whose position is assured, and whose only law is his own heritage and aesthetic sense.”  H.P. Lovecraft

“It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat; and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire. For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle’s lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.”  H.P. Lovecraft, The Cats of Ulthar

“Through all this horror my cat stalked unperturbed. Once I saw him monstrously perched atop a mountain of bones, and wondered at the secrets that might lie behind his yellow eyes.”― H.P. Lovecraft, The Rats in the Walls

“Some of them stole off to those cryptical realms which are known only to cats and which villagers say are on the moon’s dark side, whither the cats leap from tall housetops; but one small black kitten crept upstairs and sprang in Carter’s lap to purr and play, and curled up near his feet when he lay down at last on the little couch whose pillows were stuffed with fragrant drowsy herbs.” ― H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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“Every cat is really the most beautiful woman in the room.”– E.V. Lucas

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“A cat is only technically an animal, being divine.”  Robert Lynd

 

 

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“Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the rewards that they are able to give to those who will spoil them.”  Sir Compton Mackenzie

“For me, one of the pleasures of cats’ company is their devotion to bodily comfort.”– Sir Compton Mackenzie

“The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal.”– Sir Compton Mackenzie

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“A pharaoh’s profile, a Krishna’s grace, tail like a question mark.”– Louis MacNeice

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“To venture … close (to a lion) on foot … would mean the sudden shattering of any kindly belief that the similarity of the lion and the pussy cat goes much beyond their whiskers. But then, since men still live by the sword, it’s a little optimistic to expect the lion to withdraw his claws, handicapped as he is by his inability to read our better effusions about the immorality of bloodshed.” ― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

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“Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat.” Don Marquis (1878-1937)

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“If a black cat crosses your path it is a sign that the animal is going somewhere.” —Groucho Marx

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“Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.”– James Mason

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“We need cats to need us. It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us.” ― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson 

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“The cat is the only animal to have succeeded in domesticating man.” Marcel Mauss 

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“…I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of highest order.”  Trisha McCagh

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“A cat can purr its way out of anything.”  Donna McCrohan

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“When Rome burned, the emperor’s cats still expected to be fed on time.” Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

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“If there is one spot of sun spilling on to the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.”– Jean Asper McIntosh

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“Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.” ― Rod McKuen

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“One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”– Margaret Mead

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“The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.” – Ernest Menaul

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“With the qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of being cats?”– Fernand Mery 

“The cat is utterly sincere.”– Fernand Mery

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“Looking at cats, is like looking at clouds, stars or the ocean, makes it difficult to believe there is nothing miraculous in this world.” —Leonard Michaels

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“I have had at least one hundred cats or rather one hundred cats have owned me.”  Jules Michelet 

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“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”– George Mikes from “How to be decadent” 

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“We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat mind.” St. George Mivart 

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 “When the tea is brought at five o’clock

And all the net curtains are drawn with care,

The little black cat with bright green eyes

Is suddenly purring there.”   Harold Monro, Milk for the Cat 

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“A house isn’t a home without the ineffable contentment of a cat with its tail folded about its feet. A cat gives mystery, charm, suggestion.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Emily’s Quest

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island 

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“People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored.”– Henry Morgan

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“The playful kitten with its pretty little tigerish gambole is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in the world.”  Lady Sydney Morgan 1783-1859

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“Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs.”  Desmond Morris 

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“I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl.”– Penny Ward Moser

“When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.”– Penny Ward Moser 

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“Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat’s chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own.”  Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“You know what I should do?” Hoshino asked excited. “Of course,” the cat said. “What’d I tell you? Cats know everything. Not like dogs.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 

 

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 “I realized that cats make a perfect audience, they don’t laugh at you, they never contradict you, there’s no need to impress them, and they won’t divulge your secrets.” ― Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

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“Often, when I have been feeling lonely, when a book as been thrust aside in boredom […] I have lain back and stared at the shadows on the ceiling, wondering what life is all about […] and then, suddenly, there is the echo of the swinging door, and across the carpet, walking with the utmost delicacy and precision, stalks Four or Five or Oscar. He sits down on the floor beside me, regarding my long legs, my old jumper, and my floppy arms, with a purely practical interest. Which part of this large male body will form the most appropriate lap? Usually he settles for the chest. Whereupon he springs up and there is a feeling of cold fur […] and the tip of an icy nose, thrust against my wrist and a positive tattoo of purrs. And I no longer wonder what life is all about.” ― Beverley Nichols, Cats’ A. B. C

“Let us be honest: most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked around the house with a saintly expression.” ― Beverley Nichols, Beverley Nichols’ Cats’ A Z 

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“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.”– Hazel Nicholson 

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“Beware in the presence of cats: they never give, they do not even retaliate—they only reply, and purr in doing so.” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)                            

“What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

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“Cats like doors left open in case they change their minds.” –Rosemary Nisbet

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“There was once a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, and lived a million lives, and in those lives, various people owned him. None of those people he cared for. This cat was not afraid of death. One life, the cat became a stray cat, which meant it was free. And it met a white female cat. They became mates, and lived together. Time passed, the white cat passed away of old age. And the tiger- striped cat cried a million times. Eventually, the cat died again. But this time, it didn’t come back to life.  -Spike Speigel” ― Keiko Nobumoto

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“Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people.”– Andre Norton

“Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly.”– Andre Norton

 

 

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“The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world.”– Lynn M. Osband

 

  

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“After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to be make a man happy.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

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“He inclined his head ever so slightly, displaying with his bearing the supreme confidence, even arrogance, that is the sole providence of cats, dragons, and certain highborn women.” 
― Christopher Paolini, Inheritance

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“A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person.”– Mugsy Peabody 

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“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.”  Elizabeth Peters, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog

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“Everything comes to those who wait…except a cat.”– Marilyn Peterson 

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“The amazing activity of the cat is delicately balanced by his capacity for relaxation. Every household should contain a cat, not only for decorative and domestic values, but because the cat in quiescence is medicinal to irritable, tense, tortured men and women.” ― William Lyon Phelps

“A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.”– William Lyon Phelps 

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 “I want to create a cat like the real cats I see crossing the streets, not like those you see in houses. They have nothing in common. The cat of the streets has bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if it looks at you, you think it is going to jump in your face.”  Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 

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“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re very smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.”  Jodi Picoult, House Rules
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“Curiosity killed the cat,” Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable.
Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? “People always forget the rest of the saying,” she complained. “‘And satisfaction brought it back.” ― Tamora Pierce, Trickster’s Choice 

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“Sleeping together is a euphemism for people, but tantamount to marriage with cats.”  Marge Piercy 

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“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”  Edgar Allan Poe

“…(Catterina is)one of the most remarkable black cats in the world—and this is saying much; for it will be remembered that black cats are all of them witches.” Edgar Allan Poe

“Pluto—this was the cat’s name- was my favorite pet and playmate.  I alone fed him, and he attended me wherever I went about the house.  It was even with difficulty that I could prevent him from following me through the streets.” Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat  

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“But thousands die without or this or that,

Die, and endow a college or a cat.”– Alexander Pope 

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“If cats could talk—they wouldn’t.”  Dan Porter 

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“Sunday, January 27, 1884. — There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat’s plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master’s plate, the other on its own.” ― Beatrix Potter, Beatrix Potter’s Journal 

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“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.” ― Paula Poundstone

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“If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.” ― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

 “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”

Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.” ― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

 “Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.” ― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms

   

 

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“And what cats have to tell
on each return from hell
is this: that dying is what the living do, 
that dying is what the loving do, 
and that dead dogs are those who do not know
that dying is what, to live, each has to do.” 
― Alastair Reid

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“Cats often devise their own sets of rules that they think we should live by, and they may be quick to chastise us if we fail to adhere to these rules!” – Margaret Reister, D.V.M.

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 “People that hate cats will come back as mice in the next life.”  Faith Resnick 

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“Then it suddenly and theatrically began to clean itself in the way cats do when they want you to know what a big deal you aren’t.” ― Adam Rex, Cold Cereal  

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“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.”– Jules Reynard 

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“The cat is a character of being; the dog, a character of doing.”– Michael J. Rosen 

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“Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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“The black cat does not die. Those same books, if I am not mistaken, teach that the black cat is deathless. Deathless as evil. It is the origin of the common superstition of the cat with nine lives.”(Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, discussing the shooting of a black cat (1934). Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.)

 

 

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“Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.”  Saki

 

“He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep”– Saki

 

“The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried,… still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside.”– Saki

 

“The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends…”– Saki (H. H. Munro), “The Achievement of the Cat”

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“The fog comes on little cat feet.”– Carl Sandberg (1916)

 

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“When addressed, a gentleman cat does not move a muscle. He looks as if he hasn’t heard.”– Mary Sarton

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“The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into.”– Bruce Schimmel

 

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“A cat sees through shut lids.” –Fred Schwab

 

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“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”  Albert Schweitzer

 

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“Cats are mysterious folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.”– Sir Walter Scott

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“Sometimes I like her calm, unwild, 
gentle as a sleeping child,
and wonder as she lies, a fur ring,
curled upon my lap, unstirring — 
is it me or Tibbles purring?” 
― Ian Serraillier

 

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“The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.”  William Shakespeare 

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“When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.  Percy Bysshe Shelley 

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“I have found my love of cats most helpful in understanding women.”– John Simon 

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“For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.  For every house is incomplete without him and as blessing is lacking in the spirit.” Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno c.1760

 

“There is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest, for there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.”– Christopher Smart.

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“Cats are people, and the sooner the world accepts that fact, the better off the world will be.” 
― H. Allen Smith, Rhubarb

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“I never knew a moral cat.”  Jack Smith

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“Since each of us is blessed with only one life, why not live it with a cat.”  Robert Stearns 

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“Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?” 
 John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

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“It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.”– Adlai Stevenson  

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“If only cats grew into kittens.”– R. D. Sternpaw_prints

 

 

 

“A kitten is the rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom.”– Robert Southey 

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“You can’t own a cat. The best you can do is be partners.”– Sir Harry Swanson 

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“It is in their eyes that their magic resides.”– Arthur Symons

 

 

 

 

 

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“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”  Hippolyte Taine

 

 “His tongue is, by turns, a sponge, a comb, a brush. He cleans himself, he smooths himself, he knows what is proper.” –Hippolyte Taine

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“Dogs eat. Cats dine.”– Ann Taylor

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“The human race can be roughly divided into two categories: ailurophiles and ailurophobes – cat lovers and the underprivileged.”  David Taylor, You and Your Cat
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 “Cats, no less liquid than their shadows,
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes
Less than themselves.” 
― A.S.J. Tessimond, Collected Poems

 

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“There are many who say that a dog has his day, and a cat has a number of lives;” Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Welsh poet. 

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“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” ― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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“A little lion, small and dainty sweet with sea-grey eyes and softly stepping feet.”– Graham Tomson

 

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“What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?”  Henry David Thoreau

 

“The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

 

“A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread upon it.” — Henry David Thoreau

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“I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance – a sharp, vindictive glance.” ― James Thurber

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“Civilization may no more dispense with the cat than with prostitution.”  Alphonse Toussenel

 

“An animal so keen on maintaining her appearance, so silky, so shiny, so eager for caresses, so ardent and responsive, so graceful and supple…; an animal that makes the night her day, and who shocks decent people with the noise of her orgies, can only have one single analogy in this world, and that analogy is of the feminine kind.”  Alphonse Toussenel 

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“Unlike us, cats never outgrow their delight in cat capacities, nor do they settle finally for limitations. Cats, I think, live out their lives fulfilling their expectations.”– Irving Townsend

 

“Could the purr be anything but contemplative?” ~Irving Townsend 

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“She hops expectantly into the sink. I turn on the tap for her; she laps without a glance in my direction, like a duchess so used to being ministered to that she no longer notices the servants and sees only a world where objects dumbly bend to her wishes, doors opening, faucets discharging cool water, delicious things appearing in her dish.” ― Peter Trachtenberg, Another Insane Devotion: On The Love of Cats and Persons

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“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love of course.” Mark Twain

 

“Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” — Mark Twain

 

“Next to a wife that I idolize, give me a cat.”  Mark Twain

 

“I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one.” –Mark Twain

 

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.” -Mark Twain

 

“A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime.” Mark Twain

 

 “A house without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect house, perhaps—but how can it prove its title?”  Mark Twain

 

“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.”– Mark Twain

 

“One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.”– Mark Twain

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“I’ve always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals…. I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night, or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in. You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?”  Anne Tyler (b. 1941)

 

 

 

 

 

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“Cats are the lap-dancers of the animal world. Soon as you stop shelling out, they move on, find another lap. They’re furry little sociopaths. Pretty and slick — in love with themselves. When’s the last time you saw a seeing-eye cat?” ― Andrew Vachss, Safe House 

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“Cats are smarter than dogs.  You cannot get eight cats to pull a sled through the snow.”  Jeff Valdez

 

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 “It is impossibleto keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” Cynthia E. Varnado

 

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“Cats have gnosis to a degree that is granted to few bishops.”  Carl Van Vechten, The Tiger in the House

 

“Catnip is vodka and whiskey to most cats.”– Carl Van Vechten

 

“A cat is never vulgar.”– Carl Van Vechten

 

“There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage.” – Carl Van Vechten

 

“…with a cat, you stand on much the same footing as you stand with a fine and dignified friend; if you forfeit his respect, the relationship suffers.  The cat, it is well to remember, remains the friend of Man because it pleases him to do so, not because he must.”  Carl Van Vechten

 

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“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” — Jules Verne

 

 

 

 

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“Intelligence in the cat is underrated.” Louis Wain 

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“In life there are two compensations—Prozac and cats.”– Brian Walsh

 

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“Dogs have hair. Cats, fur.
Dogs whine, yip, howl, bark. Cats purrr.
I say: No contest.” 
― Lee Wardlaw, Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

 

  

 

“What do you mean “Ewww”?
How is my tuna breath worse
than peanut butter?” 
― Lee Wardlaw, Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

 

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 “…when I returned home at night, he was pretty sure to be waiting for me near the gate and would rise and saunter along the walk, as though his being there was purely accidental.”  Charles Dudley Warner 

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“One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do.” Barbara Webster 

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“If I called her she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first.”– Arthur Weigall 

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“Cats are always elegant.” –John Weitz         

 

“Even overweight cats know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.” (…or not) –John Weitz 

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“If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer.”– A. H. Whitehead (1861-1947) 

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“And let me touch those curving claws of yellow ivory; and grasp the tail that like a monstrous asp coils round your heavy velvet paws.” — Oscar Wilde

 

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“Nothing snubs quite like a cat. What evolutionary purpose did it serve, this inherent disdain, this artful blanking?” ― Will Wiles, Care of Wooden Floors

 

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 “The phase “domestic cat” is an oxymoron” George F. Will

 “Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.”  George F. Will (b. 1941, US writer and journalist)

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“Nothing’s more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof…”– Tennessee Williams 

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“Cats, as you know, are quite impervious to threats” ― Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog

 

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“Be careful with this one” said Dina, bending down to greet the cat. “All cats are half jinn, but I think she’s three quarters.” ― G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen 

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“It is better, under certain circumstances to be a cat than to be a duchess…no duchess of the realm ever had more faithful retainers or half so abject subjects.” Helen M. Winslow (1851-1938)

 

“Women, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems.”– Helen M. Winslow

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“The trouble with cats is that they’ve got no tact.”– P.G. Wodehouse

 

“I flung open the door. I got a momentary flash of about a hundred and fifteen cats of all sizes and colours scrapping in the middle of the room, and then they all shot past me with a rush and out of the front door; and all that was left of the mob scene was the head of a whacking big fish, lying on the carpet and staring up at me in a rather austere sort of way, as if it wanted a written explanation and apology.” ― P.G. Wodehouse, A Wodehouse Bestiary 

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“Kind old ladies assure us that cats are often the best judges of character. A cat will always go to a good man, they say[.]”  Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

 

“Let a man get up and say, “Behold, this is the truth,” and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.” Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

 

 

 

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“Rousseau pounced. Men who dislike cats were tyrannical: “They do not like cats because the cat is free and will never consent to become a slave.”  —Robert Zaretsky, “The Philosophers’ Quarrel:  Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding”

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“In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.”–Michael Zullo

 

 

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