"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
"If you don't own a cat, you know nothing about independence."
"If cats could talk, they wouldn't."
"If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence."
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
"There are no ordinary cats."
"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."
Ellen Perry Berkeley
"When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her."
"It's easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America's favorite pet. People like pets to possess the same qualities they do. Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it."
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
"The smallest mark of gratitude on the part of the cat is therefore a most precious reward as a cat's grace and favour is bestowed rather than earned."
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."
Leonardo da Vinci
"People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote."
"A cat is wise and accepts the gentle passage of time; with nine lives to live, what would be the sense in rushing through just one?"
Isha Mellor, The Purr-fect Cat Book