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My human and I love little purrls of wisdom about cats, and we read some of them over and over again. These are some of our favorites.
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”
“Arise from sleep, old cat,
And with great yawns and stretchings…
Amble out for love”
“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”
― The Cat That Walked By Himself
“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.”
―Jean Burden,Celebration Of Cats
“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, Coraline
“I am what I am. I would tell you what you want to know if I could, for you have been kind to me. But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.”
― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
“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
I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
“There is something about the presence of a cat… that seems to take the bite out of being alone.”
— Louis J. Camuti
There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.
— Rod McKuen
“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”
— Tay Hohoff
One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.”
— Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“The cat wrinkled its nose and managed to look unimpressed. “Calling cats,” it confided, “tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.”
“My cat is not insane, she’s just a really good actress.”
“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.”
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
“I thought maybe she’d whisk us off by magic, or at least hail a taxi. Instead, Bast borrowed a silver Lexus convertible.
“Oh, yes,” she purred. “I like this one! Come along, children.”
“But this isn’t yours,” I pointed out.
“My dear, I’m a cat. Everything I see is mine.” She touched the ignition and the keyhole sparked. The engine began to purr. [No, Sadie. Not like a cat, like an engine.]”
― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid
“A cat’s rage is beautiful, burning with pure cat flame, all its hair standing up and crackling blue sparks, eyes blazing and sputtering.”
― William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside
“Cats are cats . . . the world over!
These intelligent, peace-loving, four-footed friends- who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed- may someday teach us something.
-James Mackintosh Qwilleran”
― Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Saw Stars