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"There are no ordinary cats." - Colette

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo da Vinci

"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

"Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one." - Thomas Fuller

"How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven." - Robert A. Heinlein

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

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!" - Theophile Gautier

"Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of."
- Sir Walter Scott

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

"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

"The cat seldom interferes with other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life." - Carl Van Vechten

"Cats love one so much - more than they will allow. But they have so much wisdom they keep it to themselves." - Mary Wilkins

"Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses."
- John Weitz

"A cat is there when you call her - if she doesn't have anything better to do." - Bill Adler

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
- Abraham Lincoln

"Some cats are blind and stone deaf but ain't no cat wuz ever dumb." - Anthony Henderson Euwer

"Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it's the sickening grammar they use." - Mark Twain

"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

"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." - Doris Lessing


"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." - Terry Pratchett

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." - Jeff Valdez

"People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous

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

"Managing senior programmers is like herding cats." - Dave Platt


"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Colette

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat." - Jules Reynard

"Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world - the clock and the cat." - Emile Auguste Chartier

"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

"A cat can purr its way out of anything." - Donna McCrohan



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

"To err is human, to purr is feline." - Robert Byrne

"Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort." - Paul Corey

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial American proverb

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



"There are few things in life more heartwarming then to be welcomed by a cat." - Tay Hohoff

"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph Wood Krutch

"If cats could talk, they wouldn't." - Nan Porter

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

"Most cats do not approach humans recklessly. The possibility of concealed weapons, clods or sticks, tend to make them reserved. Homeless cats in particular - with some justification, unfortunately- consider humans their natural enemies. Much ceremony must be observed, and a number of diplomatic feelers put out, before establishing a state of truce." - Lloyd Alexander


"I myself think that to have a cat is more important than to have a Bible." - R.H. Blyth, from Zen and Zen Classics V4

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

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

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

"When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation, staring thoughtfully at something that you can't see, just remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe." - Bonni Elizabeth Hall & Missycat



"A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem." - Jean Burden - American writer

"The cat is a dilettante in fur." - Theophile Gautier

"The Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat...
When you let me in, then I want to go out
I'm always on the wrong side of every door.
And as soon as I'm at home, then I'd like to get about
I like to lie in the bureau drawer
And I make such a fuss if I can't get out." -
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

"Cats are glorious creatures ~ who must on no accounts be underestimated...
Their eyes are fathomless depths of cat-world mysteries.
- Lesley Anne Ivory (from Glorious Cats, The Paintings of Lesley Anne Ivory)

"If you want the best seat in the house, you'll have to move the cat."
- anonymous, contributed by Gillian Robinson

"The difference between cats and dogs is that dogs come when called and cats take a message and get back to you." - anonymous, contributed by Gillian Robinson


"No one can own a cat, but they will bless you with their company, if they choose." - Frank Engram ..1952

"Cats pride themselves on their ability to do nothing." - John R. Breen

"To respect the cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense." - Erasmus Darwin

"Cats are people too!" - a favorite saying of Jennifer Raskin

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."
- author unknown. Contributed by Susannah Walden

"The more i know about men... the more i love my cat" - catperson Bailey


Thanks to Pete for contributing these little gems:

"Our words should be purrs instead of hisses. - Kathrine Palmer Peterson

"To me, the best holistic remedy for high blood pressure, is a purring cat on your lap." - Kathrine Palmer Peterson

"I always find it curious as to why I take such great pains to keep my cat's dishes clean when I know I'll look out the window and see her happily carrying a dead mouse in her mouth." - Fannie Roach Palmer

"Each cat has a distinct purrsonality." - Richard L. Peterson

"I like cats because they go where they want, they do what they want, and usually get what they want" - Rick McDivitt

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France.
special thanks to Constance for sharing this quote in the Circle of Healing Purrs forum.



Thanks to Celete for passing along these feline observations made by her friend, Alexandriea Rika Anderson

"When i play with my cat, Who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more than i am with her?"

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

"Cats are distant,discreet,impeccably clean and able to stay silent. What more could be needed to be more company?"
~ Alexandriea Rika Anderson


"I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur
as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.
Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.
She looks up and gives me her full gaze.
Don't be ridiculous, she purrs, I wrote it.


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