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ADMIRATION

 

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

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“If the cat did not sit on the mat, quietly symbolizing all that man may achieve, silently influencing mankind towards domesticity and decent behavior; it is very doubtful if men could ever have emerged from savagery.”  T.O. Beachcraft, Just Cats

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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

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“Dogs often remind us of the human, all-too-human. Cats, never.” Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

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

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

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

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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 worshipppers, 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

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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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“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

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

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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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 ATTITUDE

 

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

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

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

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“A cat may look at a king.”  –Anonymous Title of a Pamphlet (Published 1652).

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

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

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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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“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

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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

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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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 “Dogs have their day but cats have 365.” 

― Lilian Jackson BraunThe Cat Who… Omnibus 02 (Books 4-6): The Cat Who Saw Red / The Cat Who Played Brahms / The Cat Who Played Post Office

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 “As we all know, cats now rule the world.”– John R.F. Breen, Who’s Who of Cats

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“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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“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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“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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“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 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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“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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“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” —Mason Cooley (b. 1927) 

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

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

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

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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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“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’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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“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.”  Jerome K. Jerome

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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A cat is an example of sophistication minus civilization. –Anonymous

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

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

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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 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.”

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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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“Cats are living adornments.”– Edwin Lent

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“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

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

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

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“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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“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

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

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

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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

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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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“Cats are always elegant.” –John Weitz

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“Even overweight cats know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.”  –John Weitz

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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

 

“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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BEHAVIOR

 

“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

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

–Pam Brown

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

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

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

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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

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 “Cats are designated friends.”– Norman Corwin

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

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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

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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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“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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“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 

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

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

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

 

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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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“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)

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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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“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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 “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

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

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 “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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“Few animals display their mood via facial expressions as distinctly as cats.”– Konrad Lorenz
“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

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

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

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“The cat is utterly sincere.”– Fernand Mery

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

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

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“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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“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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“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

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

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“…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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“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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“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

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“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

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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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“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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“Every life should have nine cats.”—Anonymous

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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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“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

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

 

 

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

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

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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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“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

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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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“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

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“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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“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

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

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

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“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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“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

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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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“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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“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

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“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 

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

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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

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

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

 

 

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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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“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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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

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

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

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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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“Intelligence in the cat is underrated.” Louis Wain

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

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

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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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“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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― Charles Bukowski

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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.

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

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“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

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“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 

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

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“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

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“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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“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

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“There are no ordinary cats.” – Colette 

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

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

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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 Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

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“Cats are designated friends.”– Norman Corwin 

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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 

cat quotes page break “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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“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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“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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“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 quotes page break“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 

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

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“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. 

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

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

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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 meow massages the heart.”  Stuart McMillan

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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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“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 

cat quotes page break  “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

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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.

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

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“You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense.”  Jane Pauley 

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

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

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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

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

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

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“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 

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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 “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 

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

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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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“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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“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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“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

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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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“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

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“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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 “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

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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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“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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“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

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

 

 

 

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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

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

cat quotes page breakCats 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

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“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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“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

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

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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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“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

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‘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 

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“It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal… one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.” — Théophile Gautier

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

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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, “On Observing His Cats”

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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

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

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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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“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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“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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“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

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“I never knew a moral cat.”  Jack Smith

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

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

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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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“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

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“It was not I who was teaching my cat to gather rosebuds but she who was teaching me.” –Irving Townsend

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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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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“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 

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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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“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 

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“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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“Cats’ eyes seem a bridge beyond the one we know.” –Lynn Hollyn 

cat quotes page break “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  

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“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

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“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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“…(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

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

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

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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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PURRING

 

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

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

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

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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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“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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“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

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“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 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 

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“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

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 “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

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

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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)

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

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

 

 

 

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

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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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“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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

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“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

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

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“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

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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

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

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“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

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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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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