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Perhaps God made cats so that man might have the pleasure of fondling the tiger.

ROBERTSON DAVIES, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks

Leave a door open long enough,
a cat will enter.
Leave food, it will stay.

JANE HIRSHFIELD, "A Small-Sized Mystery"

I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The kitten has a luxurious, Bohemian, unpuritanical nature. It eats six meals a day, plays furiously with a toy mouse and a piece of rope, and suddenly falls into a deep sleep whenever the fit takes it. It never feels the necessity to do anything to justify its existence; it does not want to be a Good Citizen; it has never heard of Service. It knows that it is beautiful and delightful, and it considers that a sufficient contribution to the general good. And in return for its beauty and charm it expects fish, meat, and vegetables, a comfortable bed, a chair by the grate fire, and endless petting.

ROBERTSON DAVIES, The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks

Cats, no less liquid than their shadows,
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes
Less than themselves.


When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.


Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.

JEAN GENET, The Blacks

The trouble with a kitten is
Eventually it becomes a

OGDEN NASH, "The Kitten," The Face Is Familiar

Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest.

CAMILLE PAGLIA, Sexual Personae

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.

JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH, The Twelve Seasons

Cat said, "I am not a friend, and I am not a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself."


If the cat waits for long hours, silent beside the crack of the wainscot, it is for pure pleasure. Cats do not keep the mice away; it is my belief that they preserve them for the chase.

OSWALD BARRON, as quoted in The Quotable Cat Lover

A cat is not merely diverted by everything that moves, but is convinced that all nature is occupied exclusively with catering to her diversion.

FRANÇOIS AUGUSTE PARADIS DE MONCRIF, as quoted in Agnes Repplier's The Fireside Sphinx

One cat just leads to another.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, as quoted in Louis G. Morton's E-mail Humor

The trouble with a kitten is that eventually ... it becomes a cat.

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. They realize that, whether they like it or not, they are simply going to have to put up with what to them are excruciatingly slow mental processes, that we humans have embarrassingly low I.Q.'s, and that probably because of these defects, we have an infuriating inability to understand, let alone follow, even the simplist and most explicit of directions.

CLEVELAND AMORY, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

Oft in the stilly night, certain back fence melodies convince us that old Noah made a grave mistake when he let more than one cat in the ark.


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.


Cats kept their secrets; they yielded to no one.

ELIZABETH REDFERN, Music of the Spheres

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

GARRISON KEILLOR, attributed, The Cat Lover's Book of Fascinating Facts

You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse —
But all may be described in verse.

T. S. ELIOT, "The Ad-dressing of Cats," Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

If dogs are like high school, cats are like a really tough Ph.D. program.

SIOBHAN ADCOCK, 30 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Before Turning 30

Cats are like Thoreau. You cannot explain them.

DAN SKLAR, Bicycles, Canoes, Drums

Cats are like potato chips--it's hard to have just one.


Cats are like women--we may fart, but it's quiet, polite, dignified, and never in public.

JUSTINE LEE, It's a Cat's World ... You Just Live in It

The sound of the cat mesmerizes, calms the chattering mind, stills the anxious heart.

THERESA MANCUSO, Cats Do It Better Than People

Cats are like oysters, in that no one is neutral about them; everyone is, explicitly or implicitly, friendly or hostile to them. And they are like children in their power of discovering, by a rapid and sure instinct, who likes them and who does not. It is difficult to win their affection; and it is easy to forfeit what is hard to win. But when given, their love, although less demonstrative, is more delicate and beautiful than that of a dog.

CANON LIDDON, The Spectator, Jan. 17, 1885

Dogs love you no matter what, because God made them that way. They are pack animals and will always choose to be with their particular pack of humans no matter how they are treated. Cats are discriminating and hold you to a higher standard. You have to earn their trust and a certain amount of pride can be taken in the achievement.


Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.

Cats are like Baptists. You know they raise hell, but you can never catch them at it.


There is nothing quite like the presence of a cat in the house to make you feel at home, whether it's a mansion or the tiniest inner city apartment, a rustic cabin or royal palace. Cats are like a little bit of heaven on earth, their purring not unlike the stir of angel wings.

THERESA MANCUSO, Cats Do It Better Than People

Cats are narcissistic. Their needs come before ours. They don't understand the word "No." They carry themselves with that aloof, arrogant sense of perpetual entitlement, they will jump up and insinuate themselves wherever they please--on your lap, on your newspaper, on your computer keyboard--and they really couldn't care less how their behavior affects the people in their lives. I've had boyfriends like this; who needs such behavior in a housepet?

CAROLINE KNAPP, The Merry Recluse

Cats are like insects. They should be left outside to clean up the garbage.


Some cats are like mystics or cloistered esthetes, finding waking life of no interest and entering it only for necessities such as eating, while others ... do not disdain the secular pastimes of hunting, lurking, and exploring.

VAL SCHAFFNER, The Algonquin Cat

Cats are like women: allow them to nurse and attend you when ill, and they are sure to love you.

GORDON STABLES, Cats: Their Points and Characteristics

Finding a cat--or having a cat find you--can change your world as much as marriage, divorce, love, death, or even winning the lottery can, and sometimes more.

KINKY FRIEDMAN, forward, The Power of Purrs

Cats ... are like four-legged poster children for OCD.

CAROLINE KNAPP, The Merry Recluse

What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head.

DORIS LESSING, The Old Age of El Magnifico

Cats are like guests you're never sure of and are always trying to please.

MARY WELLS LAWRENCE, A Big Life in Advertising

Cats, no less liquid than their shadows,
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes
Less than themselves.


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, Pudd'nhead Wilson

Dogs have Masters. Cats have staff.



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