10 Great Quotes from Writers about Cats

What a purrfect way to pass a few minutes – sitting back and enjoying our ten favourite quotes about our feline friends.These quotes are about cats, but are anything but catty: many of the writers featured below are fully paid-up ailurophiles, or cat-lovers.

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

‘When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.’ – Mark Twain

‘I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is so remarkable a cat as My Cat.’ T. S. Eliot (letter to his godson, 1931)

‘Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.’ – Neil Gaiman

‘When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?’ – Montaigne

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

‘Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until someone comes up with a tin opener that can be operated with a paw.’ – Terry Pratchett

‘I think all cats are wild. They only act tame if there’s a saucer of milk in it for them.’ – Douglas Adams

‘How we behave toward cats here below determines our place in heaven.’ – Robert Heinlein

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

46 thoughts on “10 Great Quotes from Writers about Cats”

  1. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    Reblogged from Interesting Literature. As an aside, I have a refrigerator magnet that says, “Cats are like potato chips. You can’t have just one.”

  2. Just to expand your collection:

    Come my beautiful cat, rest on my amorous heart.
    Restrain the sharp claws of your passage;
    I will plunge into the hearth
    Where your agate eyes burn with savage
    Metal… (Charles Baudelaire)

  3. Marvellous. I loved Lessing’s ‘ diagram and pattern of subtle air’, though the patterns and diagrams of subtle air I share my space with, having been fed, are strangely becalmed at the moment!

  4. I was about to say that I agree with Mark Twain’s quote, until I realize that I must now acknowledge Ernest Hemingway as a comrade and friend. That is a step beyond.

    I also love T.S. Eliot’s quote, because everyone’s cat is remarkable. :)

  5. These are great! There’s plenty about dogs too. Writers seem to have an interesting affinity with animals…

  6. This one was a unique funny post, like all of them don´t get me wrong all the posts are interesting and informative but cats and authors? That was a unique mix. No wonder I don´t get published if I have to monster dogs. Getting rid of them now and buying a cat, maybe luck will change.

  7. Wonderful list of quotes. I am definitely a cat person. There is not one in my life right now, for the first time in about 45 years. A piece of me seems to be missing somewhere.

  8. Thank you to everyone for the comments on this post, which was a great deal of fun to compile! Perhaps we should do a post on pictures of ‘Interesting Literature’s readers and their cats’ in the future? :)


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