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"I quote others only the better to express myself."
~ Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays of Montaigne, translated by Donald M. Frame, 1976


Anti-Cruelty

"I'm sometimes asked, 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer, 'I am working at the roots.' "
~ George T. Angell, reformer (1823-1909)

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"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death, all love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?"
~ Buddha

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"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. Well, I think my mother is attractive, but I just keep photographs of her."
~ Ellen DeGeneres

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"Chances are that a man who can nuzzle a kitten is also open and caring in other facets of his life."
~ Barbara L. Diamond

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"How nice it is to think that feline dreams, like our own, are painted with creative brush strokes from time to time. Perhaps my cats and I even share the same dream: a world where all kittens are wanted and loved, and where every cat has a safe, warm place to sleep ... and to dream."
~ Barbara L. Diamond

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"Our task must be to free ourselves ... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
~ Albert Einstein

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"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them."
~ Malcolm Forbes

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"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
~ M.K. Gandhi

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"I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs ... [They] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty."
~ James Herriot

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"The kind man feeds his beast before sitting down to dinner."
~ Hebrew proverb

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"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
~ Hippocrates

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"Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals."
~ Milan Kundera

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"I looked up the word 'property' in the dictionary. It said, 'a thing or things owned.' To me, this makes it clear that, by definition, animals can never be considered property. A 'thing' cannot love. A 'thing' cannot act from compassion. A 'thing' will never risk its own life to help a stranger or even a friend."
~ Stephanie Laland

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"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
~ Abraham Lincoln

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"Since an animal's natural life is a gift from God, it follows that God's right is violated when the life of his creatures is perverted. ... The de-beaked hen in a battery cage is more than a moral crime, it is a living sign of our failure to recognize the blessing of God in creation."
~ Rev. Prof. Andrew Linzey

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"The wild, cruel animal is not behind the bars of a cage. He is in front of it."
~ Axel Munthe

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"If one can discover how to relate fully to an animal, without exploitation, with real care and concern for [her] welfare and continued physical and psychological well-being, then one can relate to anyone. The skills involved are universal."
~ Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD

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"True mercy is nobility's true badge. He who does not restrict harmless conduct to man, but extends it to other animals, most closely approaches divinity."
~ Porphry

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"The value of a man is in his human qualities: in his character, in his conscience, in the nobility and magnanimity of his soul. Torturing animals to accommodate humanity has separated science from the most important thing that life has produced ... the human conscience."
~ John Cowper Powys

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"The greater cats with golden eyes
Stare out between the bars.
Deserts are there, and different skies,
And night with different stars."
~ Vita Sackville-West

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"When we have grasped the great central fact about animals, that they are in the full sense our fellow-beings, all else will follow for them."
~ Henry Salt (1851-1939)

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"Hear our prayer O Lord ... for animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death ...
And for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words."
~Albert Schweitzer

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"The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo ... We need a boundless ethic which will include the animals also."
~ Albert Schweitzer

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"[W]hen I think of the suffering of the creatures in our factory farms, laboratories, puppy mills, or of any animal neglected or mistreated by man, for me there is no more powerful question than to ask: 'What would the Good Shepherd think of this?'
~ Matthew Scully, 2002 interview

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"Go into the largest livestock operation, search out the darkest and tiniest stall or pen, single out the filthiest, most forlorn little lamb or pig or calf; and that is one of God's creatures you're looking at, morally indistinguishable from your beloved Fluffy or Frisky."
~ Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

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"Religious people ... hold a kind and merciful view of life, the faith of the broken, the hounded, the hopeless. Yet too often, they will not extend that spirit to our fellow creatures."
~ Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

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"When a man's love of finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice."
~ Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

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"The animals in the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites, or women created for men."
~ Alice Walker

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"The God of the whole gave a living soul
To furred and to feathered thing.
And I am my brother's keeper.
And I will fight his fight;
And speak for the beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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"Beloved animals stir love, comfort, and fond memories. We can learn so much from the simple lives and love of animals. Let us always remember to hold them firmly in our love, as they hold us firmly in their trust."
~ Ann Winter

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"A speckled cat and a tame hare
Eat at my hearthstone
And sleep there;
And both look up to me alone
For learning and defence
As I look up to Providence."
~ William Butler Yeats

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"The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men."
~ Emile Zola

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Authors & Poets

"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?' "
~ Samuel Butler

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"Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons."
~ Robertson Davies

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"Poets generally love cats — because poets have no delusions about their own superiority."
~ Marion Garretty

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"Prose books are the show dogs I breed and sell to support my cat."
~ Robert Graves

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"Perhaps it is because cats do not live by human patterns, do not fit themselves into prescribed behavior, that they are so united to creative people."
~ Andre Norton

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"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat."
~ Edgar Allan Poe

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"As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not."
~ Carl Van Vechten

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The Church, Popes, & Others

"They [the animals] have very positive rights because they are God's creatures. If we have to speak with absolute accuracy we must say that God has the right to have all His creatures treated with proper respect. Nobody should therefore carelessly repeat the old saying that animals have no rights. This could easily lead to wanton cruelty ... The difficulty is that many people do not realize the extent to which cruelty to animals is practiced as a matter of business ... The best and most experienced teachers ... talk of kindness to animals. Christians have a duty not only to refrain from doing harm but also to do positive good."
~ Cardinal John Heenan (1905-1975)

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"Our obligation and our moral duty is to Him who made [the animals] ... And in giving dominion over creatures to man, He gave it subject to the condition that they should be used in conformity with His own perfections ... and among those perfections, one is, most profoundly, that of eternal mercy."
~ Cardinal Henry Manning (1808-1892)

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"The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. ... Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man's dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation."
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church [2415]

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"Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals."
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church [2416]

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"It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly."
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church [2418]

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"His Holiness rejoices to know that the object of your Society is in perfect accord with the doctrine which the Church has always taught and the Saints have always followed, leaving us innumerable beautiful examples of compassion and tenderness.

"The fact that the Nations have not always followed the precepts of the Church and the example of the Saints moves the Sovereign Pontiff all the more to favor all that tends (while reserving supreme honor to the King of Creation) to foster respect for these other creatures of God, which Providence forbids us to exploit without concern and enjoins us to show wisdom in our use of them ...

"Therefore the August Pontiff trusts that you will find faithful and efficient fellow-workers in the priests of God, since it is their duty to conform to the teaching of the Church and the example of the Saints.

"It is for them nobly to train souls in sentiments of enlightened gentleness and fostering care and guidance, so that they may offer to the animals refuge from every suspicion of roughness, cruelty or barbarism, and lead men to understand from the beauty of creation something of the infinite perfection of the Creator."
~ Pope Benedict XV in 1915, to the head of the Italian SPCA (Pontificate: 1914-1922)

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"The animal world, as all creation, is a manifestation of God's power, His wisdom, and His goodness, and as such deserves our respect and our consideration."
~ Pope Pius XII (Pontificate: 1939-1958)

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"Man must never hurt animals, must never ill-treat them nor torture them physically because they are sensitive creatures. If anyone told me that to achieve my purpose it would be sufficient to kill an ant, I would not do it."
~ Pope John XXIII (Pontificate: 1958-1963)

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"Also the animals possess a soul, and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren."
~ Pope John Paul II (Pontificate: 1978-2005)

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"Animals, too, are God's creatures, and even if they do not have the same direct relation to God that man has, they are creatures of his will, creatures we must respect as companions in creation and as important elements in the creation."
~ Pope Benedict XVI (Pontificate: 2005-present)

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"Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."
~ Pope Benedict XVI (Pontificate: 2005-present)

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"All creatures are created from the same paternal heartbeat of God. Not to hurt our humble brethren [animals] is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them whenever they require it."
~ St. Francis of Assisi

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"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 man."
~ St. Francis of Assisi

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Enrichment from Cats

"One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home."
~ Pam Brown

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

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"By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer."
~ Colette

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

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"You will be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats."
~ Colonial American Proverb

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"To some blind souls all cats are much alike. To a cat lover, every cat from the beginning of time has been utterly and amazingly unique."
~ Jenny de Vries

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"Don't let anyone tell you loving a cat is silly. Love, in any form, is a precious commodity."
~ Barbara L. Diamond

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"What greater gift than the love of a cat?"
~ Charles Dickens

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"A cat stretches from one end of my childhood to the other."
~ Blaga Dimitrova

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"People who love cats have some of the biggest hearts around."
~ Susan Easterly

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"You have learned enough to see that cats are much like you and me."
~ T.S. Eliot

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"No heaven will not ever
Heaven be
Unless my cats are there
to welcome me."
~ epitaph in a pet cemetery

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"I was only a small child when the seeds of cat enchantment were sown within me."
~ May Eustace

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"I extended a tentative finger and two soft paws clung to it. There was a contented sound of purring, I suspect on both our parts."
~ George Freedley

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"No matter how tired or wretched I am, a pussycat sitting in a doorway can divert my mind."
~ Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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"People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote."
~ Charlotte Gray

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

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"I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love."
~ James Herriot

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

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"Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o' fur?"
~ Irish saying

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"As for me, I’ll take cats, those symbols of adultness and chief spreaders of impetigo in sandboxes—every little bit helps."
~ Florence King

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"A cat's name may tell you more about [her guardians] than it does about the cat."
~ Linda W. Lewis

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"A meow massages the heart."
~Stuart McMillan

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"You can't look at a sleeping cat and be tense."
~ Jane Pauley

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"You can tell your cat anything and he'll still love you. If you lose your job or your best friend, your cat will think no less of you."
~ Helen Powers

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" 'I meant,' said Ipslore bitterly, 'what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?'

"Death thought about it. CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE."
~ Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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"Life + a cat ... adds up to an incalculable sum."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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"Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat is not replaceable like a wornout coat or a set of tires. Each new kitten becomes [her] own cat, and none is repeated. I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that have succeeded but not replaced one another."
~ Irving Townsend

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"Cats exercise ... a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland."
~ Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch

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Grace & Beauty

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat."
~ Wesley Bates

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"Drowsing, they take the noble attitude of a great sphinx, who, in a desert land, sleeps always, dreaming dreams that have no end."
~ Charles Baudelaire, The Cat

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"A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect beatitude."
~ Jules Champfleury

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

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"Of all domestic animals the cat is the most expressive. His face is capable of showing a wide range of expressions. His tail is a mirror of his mind. His gracefulness is surpassed only by his agility. And, along with all these, he has a sense of humor."
~ Walter Chandoha

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"Cats only assume their strangest, most intriguing and most beautiful postures when it is impossible to photograph them. Cat calendars always disappoint for they only show the public range of cat positions."
~J.R. Coulson

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

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"To respect the cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense."
~ Erasmus Darwin

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"There is nothing in the animal world, to my mind, more delightful than grown cats at play. They are so swift and light and graceful, so subtle and designing, and yet so richly comic."
~ Monica Edwards

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"Far in the stillness a cat
Languishes loudly."
~ William Ernest Henley

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"Nature breaks through the eyes of the cat."
~ Irish proverb

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"[F]lex and reflex of claws
gently pricking through sweater to skin
gently sustains their own tune,
not mine. I-Thou, cat, I-Thou."
~ Denise Levertov

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"The cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see."
~ H.P. Lovecraft

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"A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution."
~ Hazel Nicholson

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"A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him."
~ William Lyon Phelps

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"Cats walk the floor at midnight; that enemy of fog,
The moon, wraps the bedpost in receding stillness. ..."
~ Allen Tate

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"Cats, no less liquid than their shadows,
Offer no angles to the wind.
They slip, diminished, neat, through loopholes
Less than themselves."
~ A.S.J. Tessimond

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"I wish you could see the two cats drowsing side by side in a Victorian nursing chair, their paws, their ears, their tails complementally adjusted, their blue eyes blinking open on a single thought of when I shall remember it's their suppertime. They might have been composed by Bach for two flutes."
~ Sylvia Townsend Warner

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

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"Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow."
~ George F. Will

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Humor

"Places to look: behind the books in the bookshelf, any cupboard with a gap too small for any cat to squeeze through, the top of anything sheer, under anything too low for a cat to squash under and inside the piano."
~ Roseanne Ambrose-Brown

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"One of the ways in which cats show happiness is by sleeping."
~ Cleveland Amory

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"There was a young curate of Kew
Who kept a tom cat in a pew.
He taught it to speak
alphabetical Greek,
But it never got further than µ."
~ Anonymous

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"Always turn and look when your cat gazes behind you with that intent look in her eyes. Some day there might actually be something there."
~ Anonymous

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

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"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."
~ Lilian Jackson Braun

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"A cat can maintain a position of curled up somnolence on your knee until you are nearly upright. To the last minute she hopes your conscience will get the better of you and you will settle down again."
~ Pam Brown

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"Most cats, when they are Out want to be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."
~ Louis J. Camuti, DVM

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"Cat people are different, to the extent that they generally are not conformists. How could they be, with a cat running their lives?"
~ Louis J. Camuti, DVM

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"A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats."
~ Mason Cooley

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"Cats are absolute individuals, with their own ideas about everything, including the people they own."
~ John Dingman

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"In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats."
~ English proverb

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"There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person."
~ Dan Greenberg

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"When human folk at Table Eat
A kitten must not mew for meat
Or Jump to grab it from the Dish
Unless it happens to be Fish."
~ Oliver Herford, The Whole Duty of Kittens

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"I’d often heard that having pets prepares a person for parenthood. That, of course, is ridiculous. ... I have never worried about [the cat’s] grades or ability to make friends."
~ Marge Kennedy

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

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"If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur."
~ Doug Larson

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"The phrase 'domestic cat' is an oxymoron."
~ George F. Will

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Proper Treatment

"If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself."
~ Anonymous

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"Again I must remind you that a dog's a dog — a cat's a cat."
~ T.S. Eliot

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"All cats are possessed of a proud spirit, and the surest way to forfeit the esteem of a cat is to treat him as an inferior being."
~ Michael Joseph

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"Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give those who do spoil them."
~ Sir Compton Mackenzie

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"Each one of our cats is a distinct, four-footed little person with an individual personality."
~ Ira B. Rubin

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"It is axiomatic that you cannot order a cat to play. You can only coax and beguile."
~ Sydney

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"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

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Rebuttals to Cat-Haters

"It is easy to understand why the rabble dislike cats. A cat is beautiful; [she] suggests ideas of luxury, cleanliness, voluptuous pleasures ..."
~ Charles Baudelaire

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"I suspect that many an ailurophobe (a person who fears or hates cats) hates cats only because he feels they are better people than he is — more honest, more secure, more loved, more whatever he is not."
~ Winifred Carriere

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"When I hear someone say 'I hate cats,' I don't frown on them or view them with disdain. I simply recognize that they haven't had the opportunity to be accepted and owned by a cat."
~ Warren & Fay Eckstein

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"How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven."
~ Robert A. Heinlein

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"There is no such thing as 'just a cat'."
~ Robert A. Heinlein

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

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Superior Qualities

"Cats are only human, they have their faults."
~ Kingsley Amis

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"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

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"As we all know, cats now rule the world."
~ John R.F. Breen

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"A cat is nobody's fool."
~ Heywood Brown

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"The cat has been described as the most perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the supreme example in the animal kingdom of the coordination of mind and muscle."
~ Roseanne Ambrose Brown

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"We are the ones who have high blood pressure, ulcers, and heart attacks, not cats."
~ Roger Caras

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"Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them."
~ Jim Davis (Garfield creator)

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"In the beginning God created Man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat."
~ Warren & Fay Eckstein

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"I rarely meddled in the cat's personal affairs and she rarely meddled in mine. Neither of us was foolish enough to attribute human emotions to our pets."
~ Kinky Friedman

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"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
~ James Herriot

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"A cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings."
~ William Ralph Inge

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"Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed ... the Great Cat."
~ inscription on the royal tomb at Thebes

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"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 Bennett Laing, from Miao

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"Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the contemplative life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha."
~ Andrew Lang

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"Man claims the ownership of earth
Of every glebe and glen.
What modest claim do kittens make?
The ownership of men."
~ David J. Levine

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"A cat is only technically an animal, being divine."
~ Robert Lynd

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

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"Cats are smart. You know it and I know it."
~ Debbie Mertens

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"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?"
~ Fernand Mery

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"With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?"
~ Fernand Mery

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"You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals."
~ George Mikes

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"The playful kitten, with [his] pretty little tigerish gambols, is infinitely more amusing than half the people one is obliged to live with in this world."
~ Lady Sydney Morgan

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"Always the cat remains a little beyond the limits we try to set for him in our blind folly."
~ Andre Norton

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"A dog is a dog, a bird is a bird, and a cat is a person."
~ Mugsy Peabody

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"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."
~ Hippolyte Taine

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"What sort of philosophers are we who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?"
~ Henry David Thoreau

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"Unlike us, cats never outgrow their delight in cat capacities, nor do they settle finally for limitations. Cats, I think, live out their lives fulfilling their expectations."
~ Irving Townsend

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

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

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"There is indeed, no single quality of the cat that man could not emulate to his advantage."
~ Carl Van Vechten

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"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

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"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through."
~ Jules Verne

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