Have You Ever Seen These Famous Quotes About Cats?

cat with glasses reading book

Many well-known people have said things about cats that have been circulated through literary circles, or written down in books and preserved for others to enjoy. It is my intent to share some of these sayings with you.

Many years ago, I was given a book called “The Cat Notebook.” The book was copyrighted in 1981 by Running Press. It contains illustrations and quotes on every page.

There is enough blank space on the pages to mount photos, if you wish. Instead of photos, I started collecting greeting cards with cats as the subject. One has gone on each page of the book. I’ve attempted to match the pictures with a quote that is apt. It is a fun book. Here are some of the quotes:

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!

–Theophile Gautierlong-haired silver cat, head and shoulders

With the qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of being cats?

–Fernand Mery

It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.

–Adlai Stevenson

…the wildest of tame animals and the tamest of wild ones.

–Lloyd Alexander

In the middle of a world that has always been a bit mad, the cat walks with confidence.

–Rosanne Anderson

The cat is a dilettante in fur.

–Theoophile Gautier

It is with the approach of winter that cats become in a special manner our friends and guests. It is then too that they wear their richest fur rand assume an air of sumptuous and delightful opulence.

–Pierre Loti

Dogs remember faces, cats places.

–English saying

Little kitten hunched up, large dogThe cat is mighty dignified until the dog comes by.

–Southern folk saying

...dignity and freedom of spirit…intelligence and grace…companionship and consolation… But these are ideas we can understand by words. At bottom, cats are like music. The reasons for their appeal to us can never be expressed too clearly.

–Lloyd Alexander

Her function is to sit and be admired.

–Georgina Strickland Gates

The cat sees through shut lids.

–English saying

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.

–Joseph Wood Krutch

The trouble with cats is that they’ve got no tact.

–P.G. Wodehousehead of cat, meowing loudly

We cannot, without becoming cats, perfectly understand the cat mind.

–St. George Mivart

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.

–Joseph Wood Krutch

I gave an order to the cat, and the cat gave it to its tail

–Chinese proverb

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

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

–Abraham Lincoln

A cat with kittens nearly always decides sooner or later to move them.e kittens walking side by side in hay

–Sidney Denham

Never ask a hungry cat whether he loves you for yourself alone.

–Dr. Louis J. Camuti

Honest is the cat when the meat is out of reach.

–English saying

A cat is nobody’s fool.

–Heywood Broun

He loved books, and when he found one open on the table he would lie down on it, turn over the edges of the leaves with his paw, and, after a while, fall asleep, for all the world as if he had been reading a fashionable novel.

–Theophile Gautier

There was a sound between them. A warm and contented sound like the murmur of giant bees in a hollow tree.

–Stephen Vincent Benet

All you have to remember is Rule 1: When in doubt — Wash.Cat washing

–Paul Gallico

I love cats because I love my home, and little by little they become its visible soul.

–Jean Cocteau

A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem.

–Jean Burden

At dinner time he would sit in a corner, concentrating, and suddenly they would say, ‘Time to feed the cat,’ as if it were their own idea.

–Lillian Jackson Braun

orange, white cat, head, shoulders outsideNobody can truly own a cat.

–British saying

Cats know how to obtain food without labor, shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.

–W.L. George

Cats always know whether people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it.

–Winifred Carriere

And then there crept A little noiseless noise among the leaves…
yellow eye of grey cat peering through reeds

–John Keats

The way to keep a cat is to try to chase it away.

–Ed Howe

The cat is utterly sincere.

–Fernand Merv

Deep in my brain walks to and fro,/As well as in his own domain,/A handsome cat of gentle strain.

–Pierre Charles Baudelaire

pair of dark tiger cats, lying downIf you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats.

–Aldous Huxley

There are more of these wonderful quotes, but will save them for a later post. If you read these and remember a quote you know or once heard about cats, please add it to the comments. Hope you enjoy these…



10 thoughts on “Have You Ever Seen These Famous Quotes About Cats?”

  1. I absolutely love the quote from Abraham Lincoln and the one from Ed Howe.  Howe’s quote is so funny, because it is so true.  Cat’s are very independent and they always seem to find just the right home. One thing I have noticed about cats is if they find a better home they will leave.  We recently “adopted” a stray cat.  Our cat befriended this stray kitten and before long, now it seems to be hanging out at our house all the time. I guess it doesn’t help that we started feeding it.  Anyway, thanks for the good laugh with some of these quotes.  Which one is your favorite?

    • Yep, they often choose us.  My last cat chose me.  Glad you enjoyed the quotes.  My favorite?  Well, one is the quote about the cat being the tamest of the wild animals and the wildest of the tame one.  I also love the one that says that “I’ve never seen a cat that suffered from insomnia.”  So true!  They can sleep anywhere.  So thanks for your response.  I hope your adopted cat stays with you for a good long time.

  2. Fran! Oh my goodness! I LOVE your site and these amazing articles! My entire life I have been a cat fanatic. There is never a dull moment with them in your life, endless entertainment. Their intelligence is at times, completely stunning.

    I am definitely going to bookmark your site. What a brilliant writer you are and I mean that sincerely!

    Keep up this amazing work that brings so many smiles 🙂

    • Well, Holly, you have made my day. When I get a comment like yours, I am encouraged that I’m going to make this internet thing work. Cat fanatic — well, we are certainly similar there. I have loved cats since I was a small child. So glad you will bookmark my site, because it would be fun to see you on here again.

      • Aw Fran, you are precious. I’m so grateful to see that you are believing you can make it work here because I definitely believe in you! I have indeed bookmarked your site and I for one, am a fan. To hear that I’ve made your day absolutely warms my heart and means more than I can say. (big hug)

        Cats are magical. To observe them in the regular routine is absolutely fascinating. They are as diverse as we humans are, maybe even more so. What do you think? But the way they make us laugh, oh my goodness, priceless!

        I enjoy you very much Fran and I pray nothing but the best for your success. You can do it 🙂

        • Thank you, Holly, for your kind words. Yes, I do believe this site can make a lot of people happy. Thank you for returning. I look forward to hearing from you again. By the way, did you look at my last post about the Bengal cat? It has a cute video in there in which a woman who is owned by two of these cats demonstrates how to cat-proof your house. Apparently these guys are real trouble-makers. Good pictures of her Bengals on the video, too.

  3. I completely agree with that quote by Adlai Stevenson, which is why I’ve always wished there were some way I could let my cats outside to run around and play without having to worry about how much danger I’d be putting them in by doing so… Plus I’m not sure if it’s even legal to do that anymore even if I was okay with the danger :/

    • You must live in a city, or in some country other than the U.S. I’d love to know where you are located. I am fortunate, as I have lived in rural areas for most of my life, and therefore have been able to let my cats outside. Some cats don’t seem to care about going out, but some are adamant. If you keep them in, you have to watch every door that opens to the outside, because they will do their best to sneak out. I’ve been fortunate, as my cats have been fine. I’m glad you liked the quotes. I’ll have another set of quotes going on in a couple of weeks, so be watching for it.


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