Quotes about cats
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„Whenever you wash dishes, cook, or clean, if you make no sound, this is smartness itself. A person who enters a house and makes a lot of noise is revealing a lack of spirituality; even cats and dogs do not make unnecessary sounds, and man as he naturally is does not make any either.“
— Michio Kushi Japanese educator 1926 - 2014
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
„From my reading of Gandhi I had learned how some people in India regard eating cow as unspeakably repulsive. I realized I felt the same way about cats and dogs: I could never eat them. Were cows so different from cats and dogs that there were two moral standards, one that applies to cows, another that applies to cats and dogs? Were pigs so different? Were any of the animals I ate so different?“
Source: Empty Cages (2004), Ch. 2
„"What's your name," Coraline asked the cat. "Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?"
"Cats don't have names," it said.
"No?" said Coraline.
"No," said the cat. "Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names."“
„The problem comes up because we ask the question in the wrong way. We supposed that solids were one thing and space quite another, or just nothing whatever. Then it appeared that space was no mere nothing, because solids couldn't do without it. But the mistake in the beginning was to think of solids and space as two different things, instead of as two aspects of the same thing. The point is that they are different but inseparable, like the front end and the rear end of a cat. Cut them apart, and the cat dies. Take away the crest of the wave, and there is no trough.
Here is someone who has never seen a cat. He is looking through a narrow slit in a fence, and, on the other side, a cat walks by. He sees first the head, then the less distinctly shaped furry trunk, and then the tail. Extraordinary! The cat turns round and walks back, and again he sees the head, and a little later the tail. This sequence begins to look like something regular and reliable. Yet again, the cat turns round, and he witnesses the same regular sequence: first the head, and later the tail. Thereupon he reasons that the event head is the invariable and necessary cause of the event tail, which is the head's effect. This absurd and confusing gobbledygook comes from his failure to see that head and tail go together: they are all one cat.
The cat wasn't born as a head which, sometime later, caused a tail; it was born all of a piece, a head-tailed cat. Our observer's trouble was that he was watching it through a narrow slit, and couldn't see the whole cat at once.“
— Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973
Source: The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (1966), p. 26-27
— Pam Brown Australian poet 1948
„A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
„(Cartoon title) A cat being cured of hairballs through a television ministry. (Voice on television) Place your right paw on the screen.“
— Nicole Hollander Cartoonist 1939
Source: Sylvia cartoon strip, p. 120
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„Making money ain't nothing exciting to me. … You might be able to buy a little better booze than some wino on the corner. But you get sick just like the next cat, and when you die you're just as graveyard dead as he is.“
— Louis Armstrong American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer 1901 - 1971
Ebony magazine, November 1964 http://books.google.com/books?id=G98DAAAAMBAJ&q=%22making+money+ain't+nothing+exciting+to+me%22+%22You+might+be+able+to+buy+a+little+better+booze+than+some+wino+on+the+corner+But+you+get+sick+just+like+the+next+cat+and+when+you+die+you're+just+as+graveyard+dead+as+he+is%22&pg=PA138#v=onepage
— Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Variant: There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
Source: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass