Courtesy of Jo Singer
So what is it about the cat which inspires famous people to write about them? Is it that the cat is endowed with the same fascinating nature with which women are known, or is it that they are charming creatures with an excellent sense of humor? Is it that most people feel that they cannot be tamed and that they are aloof creatures which are frequently misunderstood? On the other hand, is it that in many circles they are seen as manipulating animals that have their own best interest at heart?
From my experience living with cats for over 40 years, I believe famous people are inspired by felines because cats are amazing creatures that possess a high degree of intelligence and an enchanting personality. I could not even consider not being owned by a couple of feisty and faithful felines.
Let us see what reasons for the cats' popularity some famous people have stated.
Famous Cat Quotes
"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through." Jules Verne
"The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city." Italo Calvino
"A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem." -Jean Burden
"God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger." Fernand Mery
"When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me?" Michel de Montaigne
"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." Ernest Menaul
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." Ellen Perry Berkeley
"One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do." Barbara Webster
"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." Mark Twain
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." Abraham Lincoln
"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat" Edgar Allan Poe.
"What greater gift than the love of a cat" Charles Dickens.
"A cat has absolute honesty" Ernest Hemingway.
"Cats are mysterious kind of folk; there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of"- Sir Walter Scott.
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece" Leonardo da Vinci.
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior" Hippolyte Taine.
"The cat is above all things, a dramatist." Margaret Benson
"Cats as a class have never completely got over the snootiness caused by that fact that in Ancient Egypt they were worshiped as gods." P.G. Wodehouse
"Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain't so; it is the sickening grammar that they use." - Mark Twain
"Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?" Karen Brademeyer
"Before a cat will condescend To treat you as a trusted friend, Some little token of esteem Is needed, like a dish of cream." T.S. Eliot
And my all-time favorite: "If purring could be encapsulated, it'd be the most powerful anti-depressant on the pharmaceutical market." Alexis F. Hope
After reading these wonderful statements, has your opinion of the cat been enhanced? Leave a comment and let us know!
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