Famous Cat Quotes

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Find out what some of history’s greatest minds have said about felines with this list of famous cat quotes:

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats… ― Albert Schweitzer

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort. ― James Herriot

“Meow” means “woof” in cat. ― George Carlin

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

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

What greater gift than the love of a cat. ― Charles Dickens

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

Never try to outstubborn a cat. ― Robert A. Heinlein

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

I’m trying to translate what my cat says and put it in a book, but how many homonyms are there for meow? ― Jarod Kintz

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The smallest feline is a masterpiece. ― Leonardo da Vinci

Time spent with a cat is never wasted. ― Colette

The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be. ― Elizabeth Peters

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. ― Robertson Davies

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

My cat is not insane, she’s just a really good actress. ― P.C. Cast, Untamed

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience. ― Pam Brown

There are no ordinary cats. ― Colette

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

Dogs have their day but cats have 365. ― Lilian Jackson Braun

No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.  ― Abraham Lincoln

To err is human, to purr is feline. ― Robert Byrne

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

You know a real friend? Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone. ― William S. Burroughs

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 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 title? ― Mark Twain

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

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

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats? ― Henry David Thoreau

I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human. ― L.M. Montgomery

I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them. ― Rachel Hartman

In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you. ― Michel de Montaigne

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later. ― Mary Bly

Like all pure creatures, cats are practical. ― William S. Burroughs

There should always be one more cat than person, so everyone has one to pet, and I have two to myself.  ― Jarod Kintz

One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers. ― Gwendolyn Brooks

If a cat spoke, it would say things like ‘Hey, I don’t see the problem here. ― Roy Blount Jr.

Cats gravitate to kitchens like rocks gravitate to gravity. ― Terry Pratchett

If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat. ― Mark Twain

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. ― Walter Scott

I have found it is surprisingly difficult to remain sad when a cat is doing its level best to sandpaper one’s cheeks. ― R.L. LaFevers

Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can. ― Ilona Andrews

It always gives me a shiver when I see a cat seeing what I can’t see. ― Eleanor Farjeon

Of all the things God created, from sunrises and rainbows, to black holes and humor, cats are the most fascinating to me. ― Jarod Kintz

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

We need cats to need us. It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us. ― Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

It is a curious truth that many cats enjoy warmer, more convivial, even affectionate relationships with humans than they could ever do with fellow felines. ― Bruce Fogle

The only thing a cat worries about is what’s happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time. ― Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat

Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives. ― Pam Brown

If cats could write history, their history would be mostly about cats. ― Eugen Weber

Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it. ― Rod McKuen

I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason. ― Jarod Kintz

The amazing activity of the cat is delicately balanced by his capacity for relaxation. Every household should contain a cat, not only for decorative and domestic values, but because the cat in quiescence is medicinal to irritable, tense, tortured men and women. ― William Lyon Phelps

God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger. ― Francois Joseph Mery

I realized 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

If I knew everything, life would be lonely, as everyone else would want to explore the world, and I’d be content with a cat on my lap sitting in the dark. ― Jarod Kintz

Cats may walk by themselves, but there are times when they need our support. ― Nicholas Dodman

A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden. ― Robert Sowthey

When a cat flatters … he is not insincere: you may safely take it for real kindness. ― Walter Savage Landor

A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor. ― Champfleury

I regard cats as one of the great joys in the world. I see them as a gift of highest order. ― Trisha McCagh

Cats ask plainly for what they want. ― Walter Savage Landor

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. ― William S. Burroughs

One cat just leads to another.― Ernest Hemingway

It is a difficult matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical, methodical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend, if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave. ― Théophile Gautier

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of suble air. ― Doris Lessing

Love is like a blanket: it will keep you warm, but it might also suffocate you. Also, it’s probably covered with cat hair–love, I mean. ― Jarod Kintz

Cats, like men, are flatterers. ― Walter Savage Landor

One of my biggest fears is that I’m going to die alone in my home, and my cats will eat me because I am too dead to open their food cans. ― Kelli Jae Baeli

A cat knows how to be comfortable, how to get the people around it to serve it. In a tranquil domestic situation, the cat is a veritable manipulative genius. It seeks the soft, it seeks the warm, it prefers the quiet and it loves to be full. It displays, when it gets its own way in these matters, a degree of contentment we would all like to emulate. ― Roger A. Caras

My cat will love you more than me. He won’t love you more than he loves me, but he will love you more than I love you.  ― Jarod Kintz

The approval of a cat cannot but flatter the recipient. ― Elizabeth Peters,

Sleeping, it’s what cats do best. It’s why they are my heroes. ― Jarod Kintz

The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing. ― William S. Burroughs

Dogs own space and cats own time. ― Nicola Griffith

If you can love cats, you can love human beings, because you have to be able to love them without getting them at all. ― Chris Kelly, Downton Tabby

The coldest depth of Hell is reserved for people who abandon kittens. ― Robert A. Heinlein, Friday

Purr more, hiss less ― Linda C. Marchman

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

The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. ― Hippolyte Taine

I’ve found that he 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

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a warm house and a well-stocked fridge must be in want of a cat. ― Heather Hacking

I preferred to think of myself as a cat. If I think of my behavior as cat behavior instead of people behavior, it pretty much always makes sense. ― Jael McHenry

While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats. ― Mark Twain

When the mouse laughs at the cat, there’s a hole nearby. ― Nigerian Proverb

There is no known cure for severe affection for one’s cat. The only way to relieve the symptoms is to go ahead and launch a kiss attack. ― Tichakorn Khroopan Hill

When bored, find a little cat and watch it; when very bored, find two little cats and watch them! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

A house isn’t a home without the ineffable contentment of a cat with its tail folded about its feet. A cat gives mystery, charm, suggestion. ― L.M. Montgomery

My cat brought me a toy. I thanked her and threw it. She sat there gave me a look that made me realize people and dogs are the crazy ones. ― Dan Harmon

No one has ever been able to discover how they make this subtle sound, and what is more, no one ever will. It is a secret that has endured from the very beginning of the time of cats and will never be revealed. ― Paul Gallico

Cats are people, and the sooner the world accepts that fact, the better off the world will be. ― H. Allen Smith

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living. ― Ursula Andress

I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats. ― Eckhart Tolle

I prefer cats to people, for the most part. Most people aren’t cute, and if they are cute they rapidly outgrow it. ― William S. Burroughs

A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats. ― Mason Cooley

The human race can be roughly divided into two categories: ailurophiles and ailurophobes – cat lovers and the underprivileged. ― David Taylor

After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to be make a man happy. ― Orhan Pamuk

A lie is like a cat: you need to stop it before it gets out the door or it’s really hard to catch. ― Charles M. Blow

Don’t judge a cat by its coat. ― Magdalena VandenBerg

Kind old ladies assure us that cats are often the best judges of character. A cat will always go to a good man, they say. ― Virginia Woolf

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