What they say about cats

Last updated 08:00 07/09/2012

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.

Oh, quick pause for some housekeeping matters...

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Right, now back to the cats.

"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

Brett and Jessica

"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

Riley and Allie

"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

Hugo and Louie

"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

Chee Chee, Gypsy, Junior

"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

Calico cat in breadbasket

"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

Murphy with Geoff

"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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Maureen   #1   08:24 am Sep 07 2012

Wonderful and thanks for quoting Terry Prachet who also has DEATH responding to the question "is life worth it?", with " Cats, cats are nice!"

mchaggis   #2   08:36 am Sep 07 2012

A wonderful treat this week. Something very different and unique to enjoy. Thank you Nick.

Some great quotes - most very true when applied to our cat friends - to accompany the beautiful subjects. Love 'em all.

Karen Tay   #3   08:44 am Sep 07 2012

It does not surprise me at all that Hemingway and Colette were cat fans...

viffer   #4   09:00 am Sep 07 2012

That cat being used as a pillow under the quote from Robert Heinlein looks very annoyed, and seems to have its claws out ready for a quick swipe!

Elizabear   #5   09:26 am Sep 07 2012

Another unanimous vote from Room 2. Sorry people, this week's winner is Orange Benjamin (the on looking soulfully over the shoulder). Why, you ask? Well he is the teacher's cat and has visited Room 2. "That's you, Miss!!!" He is Orange Benjamin, so we can tell him apart from his biggest fan, Benjamin one of the class. Photo taken at the Blessing of the Animals, he is NOT angelic. Just like Room 2, really. Thanks, Nick. You've made their week (and mine)

Spiral_Chambers   #6   09:54 am Sep 07 2012

They are all beautiful! <3 I love Orange Benjamin the best

Sarah   #7   10:02 am Sep 07 2012

I had to look twice at the gorgeous boy in Pic 2 as he looks identical to my gorgeous boy. And I love the look on Orange Benjamins face. Part 'Puss'n'Boots', part "I am only tolerating this because you feed me!"

Paulette   #8   10:04 am Sep 07 2012

Awesome, two favourite things put together - quotes and cats! And even nicer was to scroll through and see our beloved Boris who passed away a few months ago. He's the one caught mid-lick and looking reflective after a successful mouse kill. Thanks for another fantastic furry Friday!

Lovethis   #9   10:06 am Sep 07 2012

The voting icon link doesnt seem to be working - not for me anyway?

Nick Barnett   #10   10:10 am Sep 07 2012

Lovethis, I've fixed the link, I think. Is it working now?

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