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Cat Quotations

  • "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 mind." -- Cleveland Amory
  • "A cat is an enigma but... a very successful enigma." -- Jeremy Angel
  • "There are three basic personality factors in cats: The kind who run up when you say hello and rub against you in cheap romance; the kind who run away certain that you mean to ravish them; and the kind who just look back and don't move a muscle. I love all three kinds." -- Eve Babitz
  • "Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated as a human being, grates their sensibility." -- Stephen Baker
  • "Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their natural lives." -- Stephen Baker
  • "Even with the best online MBA it's difficult to read my cat's mind The most skilled detective with an online masters in criminal justice had issues figuring out how he got into the ceiling." -- Anonymous
  • "A cat cannot be said to have any politics. Yet it is always polite. In its outlook is the ultimate and final egoism; yet it is always a charming companion." -- T. O. Beachcroft.
  • "If a cat spoke, it would say things like, 'Hey, I don't see the problem here.'" -- Roy Blount, Jr.
  • "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." -- Mary Bly
  • "Cats invented self-esteem." -- Erma Bombeck
  • "One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers." -- Gwendolyn Brooks
  • "The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical." -- William Seward Burroughs
  • "They say the test of [literary power] is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, "Can he name a kitten?" And by this test I am condemned, for I cannot." -- Samuel Butler
  • "Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously." -- Louis d. Camuti
  • "Anyone who has owned many cats in long succession can define his or her life as a series of furry episodes." -- Roger Caras
  • "We are the ones who have high blood pressure, ulcers, and heart attacks, not cats." -- Roger Caras
  • "In the night all cats are gray." -- Miguel de Cervantes
  • "Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched." -- Miguel de Cervantes
  • "There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten." -- Jules Champfleury
  • "The cat cleans her face with a look of delight." -- John Clarke
  • "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." -- Jean Cocteau
  • "Time spent with cats is never wasted." -- Colette
  • "By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer." -- Colette
  • "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." -- Colonial American proverb
  • "I never married, because there was no need. I have three pets at home, which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog, which growls every morning, a parrot, which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night." -- Marie Corelli
  • "Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons." -- Robertson Davies
  • "Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them." -- Jim Davis
  • "Cats do not go for a walk to get somewhere but to explore." -- Sidney Denham
  • "Those who dislike cats will be carried to the cemetery in the rain." -- Dutch Proverb
  • "In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats." -- English proverb
  • "Cats have loving hearts. But they also have self-respect, and a tendency to love only that which is lovable. It is this trait which their human masters cannot forgive." -- Dorothy Canfield Fischer
  • "Q: Where does a 2000 pound gorilla sleep?
    A: Anywhere it wants to.
    Q: Where does a 10 pound cat sleep?
    A: Anywhere it wants to.
    -- Leonore Fleischer
  • "A cat is better than you are, more honest, more graceful, smarter for her size, better coordinated, and infinitely more beautiful." -- Leonore Fleischer
  • "Nothing's more playful than a young cat..." -- Thomas Fuller
  • "She moved through the garden in glory, because
    She had very long claws at the end of her paws" -- Richard Garnett
  • "Poets generally love cats -- because poets have no delusions about their own superiority." -- Marion Garretty
  • "She moved through the garden in glory, because
    She had very long claws at the end of her paws.
    Her back was arched, her tail was high,
    A green fire glared in her vivid eye;
    And all the Toms, though never so bold,
    Quailed at the martial Marigold."
    -- Richard Garnett
  • "Her function is to sit and be admired." -- Georgina Strickland Gates
  • "Sometimes he will sit on the carpet in front of you, looking at you with eyes so melting, so caressing and so human, that they almost frighten you, for it is impossible to believe that a soul is not there." -- Theophile Gautier
  • "Her conscious tail her joy declared...
    The velvet of her paws,
    Her coat, that with the tortoise views,
    Her ears of jet and emerald eyes,
    She saw, and purr'd applause."
    -- Thomas Gray
  • "One cat just leads to another." -- Ernest Hemingway
  • "The cat has complete emotional honesty -- an attribute not often found in humans." -- Ernest Hemingway
  • "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • "Cat: a pygmy lion who loathes mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings." -- Oliver Herford
  • "There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." -- Tay Hohoff
  • "The Cat and the Archbishop, sitting together as they generally did, make a picture in themselves -- the former looking, according to my recollections, the more austere theologian of the two." -- Sir Henry Holland
  • "Cat's eyes seem a bridge to a world beyond the one we know." -- Lynn Hollyn
  • "A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings." -- William Ralph Inge
  • "A cat sneezing is a good omen for everyone who hears it." -- Italian Superstition
  • "What marvelous vitality a kitten has. It is really something very beautiful the way life bubbles over in the little creatures. They rush about, and mew, and spring; dance on their hind legs, embrace everything with their front ones, roll over and over, lie on their backs and kick. They don't know what to do with themselves, they are so full of life. -- Jerome K. Jerome
  • "Very few human beings are privileged to know the cat." -- Michael Joseph
  • "Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function." -- Garrison Keillor
  • "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." -- Joseph Wood Krutch
  • "If you,
    Like me
    Were made of fur
    And sun warmed you,
    Like me
    You'd purr"
    -- Karla Kuskin
  • "I salute in you, calm thinker, two exquisite virtues: skepticism and sweetness." -- Francois Elie Jules Lemaitre
  • "Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give to those who do spoil them." -- Sir Compton MacKenzie
  • "it s cheerio
    my deario that
    pulls a lady through"
    -- Mehitabel the Cat (Don Marquis)
  • "She will attempt nothing that she cannot do well." -- K. C. McIntosh
  • "The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." -- Ernest Menaul
  • "Only the most foolish of mice would hide in a cat's ear, but only the wisest of cats would think to look there." -- Andrew Mercer
  • "Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes?" -- Fernand Mery
  • "A cat is not merely diverted by everything that moves, but is convinced that all nature is occupied exclusively with catering to her diversion." -- Francois Auguste Paradis de Moncrif
  • "When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?" -- Montaigne
  • "Cats sleep fat and walk thin." -- Rosalie Moore
  • "You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense." -- Jane Pauley
  • "Dogs... can be made to feel guilty about anything, including the sins of their owners. Cats refuse to take the blame for anything -- including their own sins." -- Elizabeth Peters
  • "A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him." -- William Lyon Phelps
  • "With one of the most bewitching sounds in the world, its purr, the cat persuades us that it thinks we are wonderful." -- Akif Pirincci and Rolf Degen
  • "Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won't attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling." -- Helen Powers
  • "The cat pretends to sleep that it may see the more clearly." -- Francois Rene
  • "It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more." -- Agnes Repplier
  • "A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like made at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there." -- Agnes Repplier
  • "The cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts." -- Agnes Repplier
  • "People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." -- Faith Resnick
  • "The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat." -- Jules Reynard
  • "...this mysterious, mystical bundle of fur that won't come when you call it." -- John Reynolds
  • "The differences between languages are interesting. Cat: purr-purr (English), ron-ron (French), schnurr-schnurr (German)." -- Murray Schaefer
  • "The reason domestic pets are so lovable and so helpful to us is because they enjoy, quietly and placidly, the present moment." -- Arthur Schopenhauer
  • "There are two means of refuge from the misery of life -- music and cats." -- Albert Schweitzer
  • "Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of." -- Sir Walter Scott
  • "...For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
    For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion."
    -- Christopher Smart
  • "A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden." -- Robert Southey
  • "Wherever a cat sits, there shall happiness be found." -- Stanley Spencer
  • "An ample air, a warmer June,
    Enfold me, and my wondering eye
    Salutes a more imperial moon
    Throned in a more resplendent sky
    Than ever knew this pagan shore
    Oh, strange! For you are with me too
    And I who am a cat once more
    Follow the woman that was you."
    -- Lytton Strachey
  • "I love cats. I love their grace and their elegance. I love their independence and their arrogance, and the way they lie and look at you, summing you up, surely to your detriment, with that unnerving, unwinking, appraising stare." -- Joyce Stranger
  • "Nothing makes a house cozier than cats." -- Gladys Taber
  • "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine
  • "Balanchine has trained his cat to perform brilliant jetes, and tours en l'air; he says that at last he has a body worth choreographing for." -- Bernard Taper
  • "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
  • "Cats are a standing rebuke to behavioral scientists wanting to know how the minds of animals work. The mind of a cat is an unscrutable mystery." -- Lewis Thomas
  • "Man has been worshipping the cat for centuries and the cat has every intention of keeping it that way." -- John Tickner
  • "What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?" -- Henry David Thoreau
  • "I have three cats, all so loving and insistent that they play cat's-cradle with every train of thought. They drove me distracted while I was having influenza, gazing at me with large eyes and saying: O Sylvia, you are so ill, you'll soon be dead. And who will feed us then? FEED US NOW!" -- Sylvia Townsend
  • "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove its title?" -- Mark Twain
  • "Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. 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
  • "I have just been given a very engaging Persian kitten... and his opinion is that I have just been given to him." -- Evelyn Underhill
  • "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."-- Unknown
  • "If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself." -- Unknown
  • "A cat sees us as the dogs...A cat sees himself as the human." -- Unknown
  • "CAT (n): 1. Furry keyboard cover 2. Alarm clock" -- Unknown
  • "Every dog has his day and a cat two Sundays." -- Unknown
  • "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can not get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." -- Jeff Valdez
  • "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." -- Leonardo da Vinci
  • "Intelligence in the cat is underrated." -- Louis Wain
  • "Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow." -- George F. Will
  • "The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron." -- George F. Will
  • "Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
    Alone, important and wise,
    And lifts to the changing moon
    His changing eyes."
    -- William Butler Yeats
  • "After dark all cats are leopards." -- Zuni Native American Proverb