What they say about cats

22:54, Sep 06 2012

Cats have prompted some wise people to say some wise things. How could a philospher or poet not be fascinated by these creatures, and challenged to find words to penetrate their mystery?

So today, consider some of my personal favourite quotes about cats, illustrated by: Charlie, Trouble, Greebo, Brett & Jessica, Wallace, Dymka, Parris, Allie, Boris, Bean, Hugo & Louie, Chee Chee, Gypsy & Junior, Diesel, Benjamin, Mindy, Mini, Bunk, Odin, Van, Murphy, Phantom, Oscar and Molly.

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Right, now back to the cats.

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"Cats are a mysterious kind of folk." - Walter Scott

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

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

"If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat." - Unknown

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

"The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

"Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat." - Robert A. Heinlein

"Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." - Jean Burden

"If a cat spoke, it would say things like 'Hey, I don't see the problem here'." - Roy Blount Jr

"I realised 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

"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

"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose." - Garrison Keillor

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

"Cats have it all - admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it." - Rod McKuen

"A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden." - Robert Sowthey

"Dogs have their day but cats have 365." - Lilian Jackson Braun

"when I am feeling/ low/ all i have to do is/ watch my cats/ and my/ courage/ returns" - Charles Bukowski

"There are no ordinary cats." - Colette

"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

"Dogs have owners. Cats have slaves." - Unknown

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

"Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw." - Terry Pratchett

"Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner." - Gary Smith

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