Those Eyes! Inspiring Cat Quotes from Great Feline Aficionados

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By Samme


Ernest Hemingway with one of the many cats he loved. The famous Hemingway cats still live and lounge at his house in Key West, Florida.

Their essence is ineffable. But we humans still try to put into words the way we feel about cats–those mysterious creatures who make us say “aww” one minute and fill us with awe the next. Cats comfort us, confound us and distract us. They have taught us what it means to be a cool cat, a fat cat and a sourpuss. Many of the greatest writers and thinkers have lived with cats, admired them and been inspired by them. Here are some our favorite cat quotes from among hundreds, as well as some photographs paying homage to the cat.

“No animal has more liberty than the cat. The cat is the best anarchist.” Ernest Hemingway

The last diary entry of William S. Burroughs. Courtesy of the Cat Writer’s Association

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little they become its visible soul.” Jean Cocteau

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.” Mark Twain

Mark Twain and kitten. Image credit:

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

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Sigmund Freud

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

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

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cat.” Albert Schweitzer

Woman naps with smiling cat. Courtesy of

“The smallest cat is a masterpiece.” Leonardo da Vinci

“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 labor, shelter without confinement and love without penalties.”  W. L. George

“You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense.” Jane Pauley

Cat peers through blinds. Photo courtesy of

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?” Theophile Gautier



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