Last Updated on: October 7, 2011 by Ingrid King

cat with flower painting

Quotations resonate with us because they can express the essence of a subject with a few, well-chosen words.  They may teach us something new.  And they can make us smile.

Not surprisingly, I love these literary tidbits.  Here are some of my favorites:

I love cats because I love my home and little by little they become its visible soul. – Jean Cocteau

There are people who reshape the world by force or argument, but the cat just lies there, dozing, and the world quietly reshapes itself to suit his comfort and convenience. — Alan and Ivy Dodd

If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is own a pair of cats. — Aldous Huxley

Never ask a hungry cat whether he loves you for yourself alone. — Dr. Louis J. Camuti

You can’t look at a sleeping cat and be tense. — Jane Pauley

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats. — Anonymous

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

Time spent with cats is never wasted. – Colette

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this. — Anonymous

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

Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance. — Dan Greenburg

Your cat will never threaten your popularity by barking at three in the morning. He won’t attack the mailman or eat the drapes, although he may climb the drapes to see how the room looks from the ceiling. – Helen Powers

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. — Geoffrey Household

Cats are magical.  The more you pet them, the longer you both live. — Anonymous

The sun rose slowly, like a fiery furball coughed up uneasily onto a sky-blue carpet by a giant unseen cat. — Michael McGarel

The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world. — Lynn M. Osband

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 mind. — Cleveland Amory

Cats do care. For example they know instinctively what time we have to be at work in the morning and they wake us up twenty minutes before the alarm goes off. –Michael Nelson

The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal.  It’s also the reason they hate birds. — KC Buffington

And one of my all time favorites:

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

Do you have a favorite cat quote? Please share it in a comment!

Image: ©Bernadette Kazmarski. See this and more of Bernadette’s beautiful cat paintings in her 2012 calendar and gift book, Great Rescues.