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Cat Quotes & Proverbs
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Enjoy some feline quotes and sayings I have collected.

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

  • "Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet."-- Colette

  • "The cat is the animal to whom the Creator gave the biggest eye, the softest fur, the most supremely delicate nostrils, a mobile ear, an unrivalled paw and a curved claw borrowed from the rose-tree."-- Colette

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

  • "There are no ordinary cats."-- Colette

  • "My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her."-- Colette

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

  • "I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."-- Jean Cocteau

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

  • "Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."-- Mark Twain

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives."-- Mark Twain

  • "One cat justs leads to another."-- Ernest Hemingway

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

  • "What greater gift than the love of a cat?"-- Charles Dickens

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

  • "Most beds sleep up to six cats. Ten cats without the owner."-- Stephen Baker

  • "Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives."-- Stephen Baker

  • "Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled and it makes a sound when you jump on it."-- Stephen Baker

  • "Any conditioned cat-hater can be won over by any cat who chooses to make the effort."-- Paul Corey, "Do Cats Think? "

  • "If there was any petting to be done...he chose to do it. Often he would sit looking at me, and then, moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then go away contented."-- Charles Dudley Warner, "Calvin"

  • "Of all animals, he alone attains to the Contemplative Life."-- Andrew Lang, "On Observing His Cats"

  • "The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends..."-- Saki (H. H. Munro), "The Achievement of the Cat"

  • "We cannot without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat mind."-- St. George Mivart, The Cat

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

  • "A kitten is the rosebud in the garden of the animal kingdom."-- Robert Southey

  • "Every cat is really the most beautiful woman in the room."-- E.V. Lucas

  • "A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person."-- Mugsy Peabody

  • "Cats don't like change without their consent. "-- Roger A. Caras

  • "Even the stupidest cat seems to know more than any dog. "-- Eleanor Clark

  • "A dog is prose, a cat is a poem. "-- Jean Burden

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

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

  • "Dogs eat. Cats dine."-- Ann Taylor

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

  • "To gain the friendship of a cat is a difficult thing. The cat is philosophical, metholodical, quiet animal, tenacious of it's own habits, fond of order and cleanliness, and it does not lightly confer its friendship. If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave. He keeps his free will, though he loves, and he will not do for you what he thinks is unreasonable. But if he once gives himself to you it is with absolute confidence and affection"-- Theophile Gautier, 1850

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

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

  • "A meow massages the heart."-- Stuart McMillan

  • "I have found my love of cats most helpful in understanding women."-- John Simon

  • "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."-- Mary Bly

  • "Like a graceful vase a cat even when motionless seems to flow."-- George F. Will

  • "As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with teh limitations of the human kind."-- Cleveland Armory

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

  • "When adressed, a gentleman cat does not move a muscle. He looks as if he hasn't heard."-- Mary Sarton

  • "The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal."-- Sir Compton Mackenzie

  • "A cat is nobody's fool."-- Heywood Brown

  • "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."-- Joseph Wood Krutch

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

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

  • "How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven."-- Robert A. Heinlein

  • "As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."-- Ellen Perry Berkeley

  • "The cat has too much spirit to have no heart."-- Ernest Menault

  • "Woman, poets, and especially artists, like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive nervous systems."-- Helen M. Winslow

  • "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well."-- Missy Dizick

  • "I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat."-- Edgar Allan Poe

  • "Beware of people who dislike cats."-- Irish proverb

  • "Happy is the home with at least one cat."-- Italian Proverb

  • "A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes."-- Indian saying

  • "Nobody can truly own a cat."-- Old British Saying

  • "The cat has nine lives: three for playing, three for straying, three for staying."-- English Proverb

  • "Her function is to sit and be admired."-- Georgina Strickland Gates

  • "Meow is like aloha - it can mean anything."-- Hank Ketchum

  • "Nothing's more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof..."-- Tennessee Williams

  • "If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats."-- Aldous Huxley

  • "A cat is a tiger that is fed by hand."-- Vakaoka Genrin

  • "Cats will always lie soft."-- Theocrites

  • "The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, colour scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever colour it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls."-- Eric Gurney

  • "Cats are always elegant."-- John Weitz

  • "Watch a cat when it enters a room for the first time. It searches and smells about, it is not quiet for a moment, it trusts nothing until it has examined and made acquaintance with everything."-- Jean Jacques Rousseau

  • "If there is one spot of sun spilling ontot the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up."-- Jean Asper McIntosh

  • "When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport. When the tiger wants to murder him, it's called ferocity."-- George Bernard Shaw

  • "They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say: Can he name a kitten?"-- Samuel Butler

  • "Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched."-- Cervantes

  • "Cat: a pygmy lion who loaves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings."-- Oliver Herford

  • "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

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

  • "People with insufficient personalities are fond of cats. These people adore being ignored."-- Henry Morgan

  • "Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect."-- James Mason

  • "Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people."-- Andre Norton

  • "Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly."-- Andre Norton

  • "It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that, whatever you say to them, they always purr."-- Lewis Carroll

  • "It has been the providence of Nature to give the cat nine lives instead of one."-- Bidpai (circa 326 B.C.)

  • "Among human beings, a cat is merely a cat; among cats, a cat is a prowling shadow in a jungle."-- Karel Capek

  • "But thousands die without or this or that,
    Die, and endow a college or a cat."-- Alexander Pope

  • "It's an honor to paint cats."-- Oliver Johnson

  • "Every life should have nine cats."-- Anonymous

  • "A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude."-- Jules Champfleury

  • "There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten."-- Jules Champfleury

  • "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

  • "The cat is a character of being; the dog, a character of doing."-- Michael J. Rosen

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

  • "In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats."-- English Proverb

  • "When I'm discouraged, he's empathy incarnate, purring and rubbing to telegraph his dismay."-- Catheryn Jakobson

  • "Cats invented self-esteem; there is not an insecure bone in their body."-- Erma Bombeck

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

  • "In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat."-- Warren Eckstein

  • "The cat could very well be man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it."-- Doug Larson

  • "A child is a person who can't understand why someone would give away a perfectly good kitten."-- Doug Larson

  • "Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own."-- John Dingman

  • "Is it yet another survival of jungle instinct, this hiding away from prying eyes at important times? Or merely a gesture of independence, a challenge to man and his stupid ways?"-- Michael Joseph

  • "If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer."-- A. H. Whitehead

  • "Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow."-- Monica Edwards

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

  • "When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even."-- Penny Ward Moser

  • "I wonder what goes through his mind when he sees us peeing in his water bowl."-- Penny Ward Moser

  • "Artists like cats; soldiers like dogs."-- Desmond Morris

  • "He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep"-- Saki

  • "The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried,... still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside."-- Saki

  • "Cats are dogs with a college education"-- Grace Hodgson

  • "You can't own a cat. The best you can do is be partners."-- Sir Harry Swanson

  • "In nine lifetimes, you'll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you."-- Michael Zullo

  • "In my house lives a cat who is a curmudgeon and cantankerous, a cat who is charming and convivial, and a cat who is combative and commendable. And yet I have but one cat."-- Dave Edwards

  • "A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution."-- Hazel Nicholson

  • "Cats are endless opportunities for revelation."-- Leslie Kapp

  • "Cats come and go without ever leaving."-- Martha Curtis

  • "The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world."-- Lynn M. Osband

  • "Everything comes to those who wait...except a cat."-- Marilyn Peterson

  • "The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer."-- Paula Poundstone

  • "Cats are our last best chance to have a dysfunctional relationship."-- John Bush

  • "In life there are two compensations---Prozac and cats."-- Brian Walsh

  • "All cats are possessed of a proud spirit, and the surest way to forfeit the esteem of a cat is to treat him as an inferior being."-- Michael Joseph

  • "By associating with the cat one only risks becoming richer."-- Colette

  • "Cats are designated friends."-- Norman Corwin

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

  • "A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it."-- Joseph Epstein

  • "The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron."-- George Will

  • "God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger."-- Fernand Mery

  • "With the qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of being cats?"-- Fernand Mery

  • "The cat is utterly sincere."-- Fernand Mery

  • "To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction--and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by."-- Stephen Baker

  • "Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other."-- Stephen Baker

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

  • "As we all know, cats now rule the world."-- John R.F. Breen

  • "There is, indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage."-- Carl Van Vechten

  • "There is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest, for there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion."-- Christopher Smart.

  • "It's very hard to be polite if you're a cat."-- Anonymous

  • "Unlike us, cats never outgrow their delight in cat capacities, nor do they settle finally for limitations. Cats, I think, live out their lives fulfilling their expectations."-- Irving Townsend

  • "Most of us rather like our cats to have a streak of wickedness. I should not feel quite easy in the company of any cat that walked about the house with a saintly expression..."-- Beverly Nichols

  • "Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish."-- James Gorman

  • "A cat's got her own opinion of human beings. She don't say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it."-- Jerome K. Jerome

  • "Cats are connoisseurs of comfort."-- James Herriot

  • "The trouble with cats is that they've got no tact."-- P.G. Wodehouse

  • "Cats must have three names--an everyday name, such as Peter; a more particular, dignified name, such as Quaxo, Bombalurina, or Jellylorum; and, thirdly, the name the cat thinks up for himself, his deep and inscrutable singular Name."-- T.S. Eliot

  • "The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into."-- Bruce Schimmel

  • "When I play with my cat who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?"-- Michel de Montaigne

  • A man has to work so hard so that something of his personality stays alive. A tomcat has it so easy, he has only to spray and his presence is there for years on rainy days."-- Albert Einstein

  • "It is with the approach of winter that cats...wear their richest fur and assume an air of sumptuous and delightful opulence."-- Pierre Loti

  • "There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."-- Wesley Bates

  • "Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them."-- Jim Davis

  • "The smart cat doesn't let on that he is."-- H. G. Frommer

  • "Cats are living adornments."-- Edwin Lent

  • "I will always remember the olive-eyed tabby who taught me that not all relationships are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes just an hour is enough to touch your heart."-- Barbara L. Diamond

  • "A dog is like a liberal. He wants to please everybody. A cat really doesn't need to know that everybody loves him."-- William Kunstler

  • "We quickly discovered that two kittens were much more fun than one."-- Allen Lacy

  • "A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it."-- Henry David Thoreau

  • "If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence."-- Will Cuppy

  • "If you want to know the character of a man, find out what his cat thinks of him."-- Anonymous

  • "No tame animal has lost less of its native dignity or maintained more of its ancient reserve. The domestic cat might rebel tomorrow."-- William Conway

  • "To assume a cat's asleep is a grave mistake. He can close his eyes and keep both his ears awake."-- Aileen Fisher

  • "For me, one of the pleasures of cats' company is their devotion to bodily comfort."-- Sir Compton Mackenzie

  • "Few animals display their mood via facial expressions as distinctly as cats."-- Konrad Lorenz

  • "A cat is never vulgar."-- Carl Van Vechten

  • "Cats are only human, they have their faults."-- Kingsley Amis

  • "The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away."-- E. W. Howe

  • "Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it."-- Winifred Carriere

  • "If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr."-- Martin Buxbaum

  • "Sleeping together is a euphemism for people but tantamount to marriage with cats."-- Marge Piercy

  • "It is in their eyes that their magic resides."-- Arthur Symons

  • "Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance."-- Dan Greenburg

  • "If only cats grew into kittens."-- R. D. Stern

  • "No matter how tired or wretched I am, a pussycat sitting in a doorway can divert my mind."-- Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • "If I called her she would pretend not to hear, but would come a few moments later when it could appear that she had thought of doing so first."-- Arthur Weigall

  • "Catnip is vodka and whiskey to most cats."-- Carl Van Vechten

  • "A pharaoh's profile, a Krishna's grace, tail like a question mark."-- Louis MacNeice

  • "Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the contemplative life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha."-- Andrew Long

  • "Like those great sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they gaze incuriously at nothing, calm and wise."-- Charles Baudelaire

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

  • "A little lion, small and dainty sweet with sea-grey eyes and softly stepping feet."-- Graham Tomson

  • "No workman can build a door which shall be proof against a cat or a lover."-- French Saying

  • "It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming."-- Adlai Stevenson

  • "A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him."-- William Lyon Phelps

  • "I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days."-- Comedian Bill Dana

  • "One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when your don't come home at night."-- Margaret Mead

  • "You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals."-- George Mikes from "How to be decadent"

  • "When the cat's away, the mice will play."-- Folk Saying.

  • "Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack."-- Folk Saying

  • "The dog for the man, the cat for the woman."-- English Proverb

  • "Happy owner, happy cat. Indifferent owner, reclusive cat."-- Chinese Proverb

  • "A cat pent up becomes a lion."-- Italian Proverb

  • "A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays."-- English/American Proverb

  • "A house without either a cat or a dog is the house of a scoundrel."-- Portuguese Proverb

  • "The cat was created when the lion sneezed."-- Arabian Proverb

  • "Curiosity killed the cat, Satisfaction brought it back!"-- English Proverb

  • "A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope."-- Arabian Proverb

  • "Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room."-- French Proverb

  • "I gave an order to a cat, and the cat gave it to its tail."-- Chinese Proverb

  • "Cats, flies and women are ever at their toilets."-- French Proverb

  • "In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, a cat walks with confidence."-- Roseanne Amberson

  • "A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings."-- William Ralph Inge (1860 - 1954)

  • "The fog comes on little cat feet."-- Carl Sandberg (1916)

  • "The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him."-- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  • "My cat knows the song in my heart and purrs it to me when my memory fails."-- unknown

 

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