Cat Quotes & Sayings

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.” – Christopher Hitchens
“What’s your name,’ Coraline asked the cat. ‘Look, I’m Coraline. Okay?’
‘Cats don’t have names,’ it said.
‘No?’ said Coraline.
‘No,’ said the cat. ‘Now you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.”
– Neil Gaiman

“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” – Mark Twain
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.” – Charles Dickens
“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
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. 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
“Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace; even affectionately.

Next, in another cage I confined an Irish Catholic from Tipperary, and as soon as he seemed tame I added a Scotch Presbyterian from Aberdeen. Next a Turk from Constantinople; a Greek Christian from Crete; an Armenian; a Methodist from the wilds of Arkansas; a Buddhist from China; a Brahman from Benares. Finally, a Salvation Army Colonel from Wapping. Then I stayed away for two whole days. When I came back to note results, the cage of Higher Animals was all right, but in the other there was but a chaos of gory odds and ends of turbans and fezzes and plaids and bones and flesh–not a specimen left alive. These Reasoning Animals had disagreed on a theological detail and carried the matter to a Higher Court.”
– Mark Twain

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle
“My cat is not insane, she’s just a really good actress.” – P.C. Cast
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” – Hippolyte Taine

“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.” – P.C. Cast
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne
“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re very smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.” – Jodi Picoult
“Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.” – Mary Bly

“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 kind.” – Cleveland Amory
“I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.” – Julio Cortázar
“Cats were often familiars to workers of magic because to anyone used to wrestling with self-willed, wayward, devious magic–which was what all magic was–it was rather soothing to have all the same qualities wrapped up in a small, furry, generally attractive bundle that…might, if it were in a good mood, sit on your knee and purr. Magic never sat on anybody’s knee and purred.” – Robin McKinley

“Maurice watched them argue again. Humans, eh? Think they’re lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven.” – Terry Pratchett
“Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the Gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed…the Great Cat.” – Inscription on the Royal Tombs at Thebes

Cat Proverbs

“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” – Colonial Proverb
“In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.” – English Proverb
“Beware of people who dislike cats.” – Irish Proverb
“An old cat will not learn how to dance.” – Moroccan Proverb

“After dark all cats are leopards.” – Native American Proverb
“A cat may look at a king.” – English Proverb
“Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat. – Chinese Proverb
A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.”
– English Proverb
“Happy is the home with at least one cat” – Italian Proverb
“The cat was created when the lion sneezed.” – Arabian Proverb
“Curiosity killed the cat, Satisfaction brought it back!” – English Proverb
“I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail.” – Chinese Proverb
“The dog for the man, the cat for the woman.” – English Proverb

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