These cat quotes reflect the mystery, confidence, and independence of felines. As you read through our collection of 101 quotations, you’ll note that a pretty clear pattern emerges of what a cat is all about.
Despite usually being a puzzle to their owners, it hasn’t stopped the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens from being raving fans.
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1.) In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
2.) If cats could write history, their history would be mostly about cats.
3.) What greater gift than the love of a cat.
4.) A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
5.) As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
Ellen Perry Berkeley
6.) It is in fact the cat’s house. We only pay the mortgage.
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8.) Dogs have owners; cats have staff.
9.) A cat will do what it wants when it wants, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.
10.) Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
11.) The phrase ‘domestic cat’ is an oxymoron.
12.) Surely people who don’t like cats were mice in another life.
13.) Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.
14.) I’d like people more if they were cats instead.
15.) Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
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16.) I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
17.) Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
Joseph Wood Krutch
18.) Don’t let the cat out no matter what it tells you.
19.) 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.”
20.) Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made a 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.
21.) Cats are the dominant species. It’s best to just realize this and adjust.
22.) When a woman reaches a certain age, she starts to collect cats. This is known as many paws.
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24.) Curiosity killed the cat.
James Allan Mair
25.) Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.
26.) By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer.
27.) A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
28.) Dogs look at us as their gods, horses as their peers, but the cats look to us as their subjects.
29.) Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
30.) A cat has beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, all the virtues of man without his vices.
31.) There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
32.) Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes?
33.) Man is civilized as comprising a cat.
George Bernard Shaw
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36.) 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
37.) You can keep a dog, but it is the cat who keeps people because cats find humans useful domestic animals.
38.) Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.
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39.) Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
40.) There are no ordinary cats.
41.) A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.
42.) To err is human, to purr is feline.
43.) I wish that my writing was as mysterious as a cat.
Edgar Allan Poe
44.) One cat just leads to another.
45.) The cat is above all things, a dramatist.
46.) Curiosity killed the cat.
47.) A meow massages the heart.
48.) If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.
49.) Dogs eat. Cats dine.
50.) You can not look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.
52.) Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.
Sir Walter Scott
53.) In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats.
54.) I have lived with several Zen Masters – all of them cats.
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55.) A kitten gets himself into every kind of trouble.
56.) The smallest feline is a masterpiece.
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57.) An inquisitive kitten is the best reminder of what youth is all about.
58.) An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five years old.
Carl van Vechten
59.) 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.
60.) A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.
61.) There is one order of beauty which seems made to turn heads. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their softbills, or babies just beginning to toddle.
62.) When you’re alone with your kitten, you don’t have to act your age.
Jo Kittinger, The Joy of Cats
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63.) 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
64.) It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.
Cynthia E. Varnado
65.) They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, “Can he name a kitten?
66.) No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
67.) The trouble with a kitten is that it eventually becomes a cat.
68.) Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.
F.A. Paradis de Moncrif
69.) A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever and generally stopping before it gets there.
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70.) Not all who wander are lost.
71.) We’re all mad here. I am mad; you are mad.
72.) I knew who I was this morning, but I have changed a few times since then.
73.) How do you run from what is inside your head?
74.) Have I gone mad? I am afraid so, you are entirely bonkers. But I will tell you a secret… all the best people are.
75.) If you’re gonna make it to the top, get a grip on this rock, and get a grip on yourself.
76.) Can you stand on your head?
77.) The uninformed must improve their deficit, or die.
78.) Goodbye, sweet hat.
79.) Imagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.
80.) You are too naïve if you do believe life is innocent laughter and fun.
81.) I am not crazy; my reality is just different from yours.
82.) Every adventure requires a first step.
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83.) Only a few find the way, some don’t recognize it when they do – some… don’t ever want to.
84.) I went to a hunting party once, I didn’t like it. Terrible people. They all started hunting me!
85.) I could hardly afford to lose my head.
86.) How fine you look when dressed in rage. Your enemies are fortunate your condition is not permanent. You’re lucky, too. Red eyes suit so few.
87.) Haste makes waste, so I rarely hurry. But if a ferret were about to dart up my dress, I’d run.
88.) And no scheme of ours can raise any sort of smile.
89.) Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the shortcut.
90.) The proper order of things is often a mystery to me.
91.) I never get involved in politics.
The Cheshire Cat Legend
The Cheshire cat is a fictional character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. He’s perhaps best known for his mischievous grin.
But, believe it or not, the Cheshire Cat actually predates the novel.
It’s been part of English culture before 1865 when the novel was written. The origin of the Cheshire Cat has more than one answer.
Some attribute the name to the county of Cheshire which has many dairy farms that might please a cat on the search for milk and cream. Other stories involve a particular type of cheese that was molded into a cat shape or a sign maker whose attempts at painting lions looked more like cats.
Cat in the Hat Quotes
92.) I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
93.) He should not be here, ” said the fish in the pot. ” he should not be here when your mother is not.
94.) Cat, you ruined mom’s dress!
Honey, it was ruined when she bought it.
95.) Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know-how.
96.) And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!
98.) “Now look what you did!”
Said the fish to the cat.
“Now look at this house!”
Literary Cat Quotes
99.) My relationships with my cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance.
William S. Burroughs
100.) Cats will outsmart dogs every time.
John Grogan, Marley & Me
101.) Cats, like men, are flatterers.
Walter Savage Landor
Cats are valued around the world for their ability to hunt small rodents, their companionship, and the ease of caring for them. The ancient Egyptians venerated cats but the domestication of cats dates even further back to Cypress and China. The cat is the second most popular pet in America after fish but ahead of dogs. With such a high number of owners throughout the years, it’s easy to see how interesting quotations have become more prevalent.
By Mike O’Halloran
O’Halloran, the editor of Greeting Card Poet, compiled these feline quotes from many sources. Nearly all the photos were provided by Pat Schneider.
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