Musings On Cats: What Writers Have Said

From comedic, to touching, to witty, read what some writers have said about our feline companions.

"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance."
Dan Greenburg

"If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."
Mark Twain

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

"A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It's a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys."
Barbara Holland

"A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem."
Jean Burden

"The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. Of course he wants care and shelter. You don't buy love for nothing. Like all pure creatures, cats are practical."
William S. Burroughs

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

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

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

"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 kind."
Cleveland Amory




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