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A home without a Cat is just a house!

"In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats." - English Proverb

"To please himself only, the cat purrs." - Irish Proverb

"It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens that what ever you say to them, they always purr." - Lewis Carroll (English Writer)

"If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence." - Will Cuppy (American Writer)

"The last thing I would accuse a cat of is innocence." - Edward Paley (1786-1847)

"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose." - Garrison Keillor

"One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night." - Margaret Mead

"Honest as the Cat when the meat's out of reach." - Old English saying

"A cat's eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world." - Irish Legend

"There are no ordinary cats." - Colette

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo da Vinci

"If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

"Nothing's more playful than a young cat, nor more grave than an old one." - Thomas Fuller

"If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed." - Winifred Carriere

"How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven." - Robert A. Heinlein

"Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!" - Theophile Gautier

"Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of." - Sir Walter Scott

"Cats know how to obtain food without labour, shelter without confinement and love without penalties." - W. L. George

"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 (from: The CAT Who Came For Christmas)

"The cat seldom interferes with other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life." - Carl Van Vechten

"There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten." - Jules Champfleury

"Cats love one so much - more than they will allow. But they have so much wisdom they keep it to themselves." - Mary Wilkins

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

"A cat is there when you call her - if she doesn't have anything better to do." - Bill Adler

"No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens." - Abraham Lincoln

"I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." - Abraham Lincoln

"Some cats are blind and stone deafdeaf some. But ain't no cat wuz ever dumb." - Anthony Henderson Euwer

"Ignorant people think it's the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it's the sickening grammar they use." - Mark Twain

"A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain

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

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." - Anonymous

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." - Jeff Valdez

"People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life." - Faith Resnick

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

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

"Managing senior programmers is like herding cats." - Dave Platt

"Time spent with cats is never wasted." - Colette

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat." - Jules Reynard

"Two things are aesthetically perfect in the world - the clock and the cat." - Emile Auguste Chartier

"I've met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

"A cat can purr its way out of anything." - Donna McCrohan

"I myself think that to have a cat is more important than to have a Bible." - R.H. Blyth, from Zen and Zen Classics V4

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." - Unknown

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." - Ellen Perry Berkeley

"I got rid of my husband. The cat was allergic!" - Unknown

"It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?" - Eleanor H. Porter

"Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit." - Unknown

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

"You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." - Colonial American proverb

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." - Mary Bly

"One cat just leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway

"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." - Ernest Menaul

"Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God." - Unknown

"Cats are glorious creatures who must on no accounts be underestimated... Their eyes are fathomless depths of cat-world mysteries. - Lesley Anne Ivory (from Glorious Cats, The Paintings of Lesley Anne Ivory)

"To bathe a cat requires brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction... and a cat. The last ingredient is the hardest to come by." - Stephen Baker

"Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives." Albert Schweitzer

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi

"God made the cat in order to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger." - Unknown

"Dogs have owners, cats have staff." - Sneaky Pie Brown author Rita Mae Brown's cat.

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul." - Jean Cocteau

"A meow massages the heart." - Stuart McMillan

"If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favourite cat, they, too, would purr." - Martin Buxbaum

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

"Meow is like aloha - it can mean anything." - Hank Ketchum

"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well." - Missy Dizick

"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

"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." - Ernest Hemingway

"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat." - Tay Hohoff

"Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them." - Jim Davis

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."

From "Miao" by Dilys Laing

When God made the world, He chose to put animals in it, and decided to give each whatever it wanted. All the animals formed a long line before His throne, and the cat quietly went to the end of the line. To the elephant and the bear He gave strength, to the rabbit and the deer, swiftness; to the owl, the ability to see at night, to the birds and the butterflies, great beauty; to the fox, cunning; to the monkey, intelligence; to the dog, loyalty; to the lion, courage; to the otter, playfulness. And all these were things the animals begged of God. At last he came to the end of the line, and there sat the little cat, waiting patiently. "What will YOU have?" God asked the cat.

The cat shrugged modestly. "Oh, whatever scraps you have left over. I don't mind."

"But I'm God. I have everything left over."

"Then I'll have a little of everything, please."

And God gave a great shout of laughter at the cleverness of this small animal, and gave the cat everything she asked for, adding grace and elegance and, only for her, a gentle purr that would always attract humans and assure her a warm and comfortable home.

But he took away her false modesty.

Lenore Fleischer - The Cat's Pajamas

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