Thirteen Famous Quotes About Cats [#26]

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Goodness, can it really be? Four months since I’ve participated in Thursday Thirteen? As it happens, I had collected a bunch of cat quotes I wanted to post but thought I should wait before posting them, lest someone just discovering this blog think it is all about cats! But since it’s been a full week since my last post showing my smitten kitten Mimi Making Faces, I figure another dose of cat content really can’t hurt anyone. Besides, if you happen to hate cats or just don’t particularly like felines in general—for which I may stop speaking to you— if you disregard what the quotes are about you’ll find they can provide a healthy dose of culture. Without further ado:

“The man who carries a cat by the tail learns something that can
be learned in no other way.” ~ Mark Twain

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

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:
music and cats.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty
of kittens.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering
outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of
never saying a word too much.” ~ Mark Twain

“There are no ordinary cats.” ~ Colette

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

“One cat justs leads to another.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave
of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat
it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
~
Mark Twain

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” ~ Colette

“The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of
your holiday games. You may think at first I’m mad as a hatter.
When I tell you a cat must have three different names…”
~
T.S. Eliot

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little,
they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau

Who’s counting anyway…

“If I die before my cat, I want a little of my ashes put in his food
so I can live inside him.” ~ Drew Barrymore

“No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as
does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously
importunate wife.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“I want to create a cat like the real cats I see crossing the streets,
not like those you see in houses. They have nothing in common.
The cat of the streets has bristling fur. It runs like a fiend, and if
it looks at you, you think it is going to jump in your face.”
~
Pablo Picasso

“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make
that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar
that they use.” ~ Mark Twain

“If you want to write, keep cats.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal
is going somewhere.” ~ Groucho Marx

Illustration: caricatures of cats elegantly dressed cats on their way to a ball from an illustrated children’s book circa 1890-1900. Found at www.villageantiques.ch

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