Quotations About / On:
A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
(Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "Mehitabel," Toronto Daily Star (Nov. 21, 1959).)
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins, ch. 7 (1894).)
Even cats grow lonely and anxious.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Notebook, pp. 236-237, entry for 1984, ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1935).)
The black cat does not die. Those same books, if I am not mistaken, teach that the black cat is deathless. Deathless as evil. It is the origin of the common superstition of the cat with nine lives.
(Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, discussing the shooting of a black cat (1934).
Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.)
I'm sitting here like Sis cat, washing my face and usin' my manners.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Mules and Men, Ch. 7, J.P. Lippincott (1935).)
What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 201, selection 5, number 122, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more than I with her.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. Essays, bk. 2, ch. 12 (1595).)