Favorite Cat Quotes

Below are some of our favorite cat quotes by notable persons in entertainment, politics, art, science, and more. Some of the quotes are just for fun, but others give advice on cats in general, how to live with a cat, or offer contemplative thoughts about our feline friends.

Cat Quotes From Old Proverbs or Unknown Sources

“Some people have cats and go on to lead normal lives.”

A quote about having cats and leading normal lives.

“Curiosity killed the cat.”
An often-repeated proverb that has been quoted (with several variations) for centuries.

“When the cat’s away the mice will play.”
Idiom / Unknown

“After dark all cats are leopards.”
Native American Proverb

“Time spent with cats in never wasted.”
This quote is widely attributed to Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis (1856 – 1939). However, the Freud.org.uk website, the official website of the Sigmund Freud museum in London, England, states there is no evidence Freud ever said this.

Now, A Variety Of Quotes About Felines

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”
Leonardo da Vinci, renowned artist and inventor (1452 – 1519)

Kitten sitting in a tree with a quote about cats by Leonardo da Vinci

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein, author (1907 – 1988)

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”
Charles Dickens, author (1812 – 1870)

“One cat just leads to another.”
Ernest Hemingway, author (1899 – 1961)

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
Terry Pratchett, author (1948 – 2015)

Cat Quotes From Abraham Lincoln

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.”
Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809 – 1865)

Referring to his cat, Dixie:
“Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore, she doesn’t talk back!”
Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809 – 1865)

Referring to his cat, Tabby, after feeding her from the table during a formal White House dinner:
“If the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.”
Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809 – 1865)

Photo of Abraham Lincoln with a quote about his cat Tabby

More Cat Quotes

“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”
George Mikes, author (1912–1987)

“I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.”
Jean Cocteau, writer, filmmaker (1889 – 1963)

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life – music and cats.”
Albert Schweitzer, author, physician (1875 – 1965)

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.”
Pam Brown, poet (1948 – )

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”
Jules Verne, author (1828 – 1905)

“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”
Bill Dana, actor, comedian (1924 – 1917)

“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.”
Edgar Allan Poe, author (1809 – 1849)

“Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.”
Joseph Wood Krutch, author, naturalist (1893 – 1970)

“God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion.”
Fernand Mery, author (1897 – 1983)

“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, author (1897 – 1983)

“The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity.”
Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon, naturalist, mathematician (1707 – 1788)

“Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.”
Paul Gray, musician (1972 – 2010)

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.”
L.M. Montgomery, author (1874 – 1942)

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
James Herriot, British veterinarian and author (1916 – 1995). James Herriot is the author of several best-selling and much beloved books based upon his experiences with all kinds of animals and their owners during his veterinary practice in the English countryside. See James Herriot books on Amazon.

Cat quote by author James Herriot

Mark Twain Had Some Notable Quotes About Cats, Too

“Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these.”
Author, humorist Mark Twain, whose birth name was Samuel Clemens

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
Author, humorist Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Wrapping Up The Quotes……

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”
Jim Davis, cartoonist best known for his comic strip “Garfield” centering around Garfield the cat (1945 – )

“Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.”
Will Rogers, humorous, author, performer (1879 – 1935)

“Never try to out-stubborn a cat.”
Robert A. Heinlein, author (1907 – 1988)

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
Eckhart Tolle, author (1948 – )

“There are no ordinary cats.”
Colette, author, mime, actress (1873 – 1954)

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