"The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity."
~Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

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

"A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor."
~Arthur Bridges

"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person."
~Dan Greenberg

"Cats, as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by the fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshipped as gods."
~P.G. Wodehouse

"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

"Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule:
when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses."
~John Weitz

"May your cat may never have to hunt farther than the kitchen counter for its supper nor face a predator more fierce than the vacuum cleaner."
~Barbara L. Diamond

"Most cats do not approach humans recklessly. The possibility of concealed weapons, clods or sticks, tend to make them reserved. Homeless cats in particular - with some justification, unfortunately - consider humans their natural enemies. Much ceremony must be observed, and a number of diplomatic feelers put out, before establishing a state of truce."
~Lloyd Alexander

"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

"I have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food which they take for granted, but his or her entertainment value.
~Author Unknown

"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

"He liked companionship, but he wouldn't be petted, or fussed over, or sit in anyone's lap a moment; he always extricated himself from such familiarity with dignity and with no show of temper. If there was any petting to be done, however, 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

"Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have. Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy. It's easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America's favorite pet. People like pets to possess the same qualities they do. Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it. In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it's often hard to tell the people and the cats apart."
~P.J. O'Rourke, Modern Manners

"I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue. 'Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.' She looks up and gives me her full gaze. 'Don't be ridiculous,' she purrs, 'I wrote it.'"
~Dilys Laing, "Miao"

"Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.
~Roger Caras

"A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It's a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys."
~Barbara Holland

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

"After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference."
~Charlotte Gray

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

"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

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."
~Mark Twain





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