20 Literary Quotes About Cats

20 Literary Quotes About Cats

In this post from Writers Write, your comprehensive writing resource, we share a selection of our favourite quotes about cats.

Writers have always been fascinated by cats. As we wrote in The Relationship Between Famous Writers & Their Cats: “There is a long recorded history of the love writers have for their cats. In fact, there are so many writers who have adored cats that it’s difficult to ignore.”

We’re celebrating this relationship with 20 quotes about cats.

20 Literary Quotes About Cats

  1. In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. ~ Terry Pratchett
  2. Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. ~Robert A. Heinlein
  3. You know how it is with cats: They don’t really have owners, they have staff. ~P.C. Cast
  4. An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five year old. ~Carl Van Vechten
  5. 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
  6. Cats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic. ~Lillian Jackson Braun
  7. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat. ~Mark Twain
  8. There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat. ~Wesley Bates
  9. A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. ~Ernest Hemingway
  10. The smallest feline is a masterpiece. ~Leonardo da Vinci
  11. There are no ordinary cats. ~Colette
  12. If cats could talk, they wouldn’t. ~Nan Porter
  13. A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem. ~Jean Burden
  14. Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. ~Mark Twain
  15. There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten. ~Jules Champfleury
  16. The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don’t buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical. ~William S. Burroughs
  17. If you want to write, keep cats. ~Aldous Huxley
  18. If Pavlov tested his cat he would have failed. ~Patrick H.T. Doyle
  19. Beware of people who dislike cats ~Irish proverb
  20. The cat is the only animal without visible means of support who still manages to find a living in the city. ~Carl van Vechten

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Posted on: 2nd August 2014

1 thought on “20 Literary Quotes About Cats”

  1. You forgot Albert Schweitzer: ‘There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.’

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