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cats Quotes

18 of the best book quotes about cats
  1. #1
    “Miss Polly looked at the forlorn little gray bunch of neglected misery in Pollyanna’s arms, and shivered: Miss Polly did not care for cats—not even pretty, healthy, clean ones.”
  2. #2
    “The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
    It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
    You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
    When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.”
  3. #3
    “Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity,
    There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
    He always has an alibi, and one or two to spare:
    At whatever time the deed took place—Macavity wasn’t there!”
  4. #4
    “Before a Cat will condescend
    To treat you as a trusted friend,
    Some little token of esteem
    Is needed, like a dish of cream.”
  5. #5
    “For he isn’t the Cat that he was in his prime;
    Though his name was quite famous, he says, in his time.
    And whenever he joins his friends at their club
    (which takes place at the back of the neighboring pub)
    He loves to regale them, if someone else pays,
    With anecdotes drawn from his palmiest days.
    For he once was a Star of the highest degree —
    He has acted with Irving, he’s acted with Tree.”
  6. #6
    “He is quiet and small, he is black
    From his ears to the tip of his tail;
    He can creep through the tiniest crack
    He can walk on the narrowest rail.
    He can pick any card from a pack,
    He is equally cunning with dice;
    He is always deceiving you into believing
    That he’s only hunting for mice.
    He can play any trick with a cork
    Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
    If you look for a knife or a fork
    And you think it is merely misplaced -
    You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
    But you’ll find it next week lying out on the lawn.
    And we all say: OH!
    Well I never!
    Was there ever
    A Cat so clever
    As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!”
  7. #7
    “Again I must remind you that
    A Dog’s a Dog- A CAT’S A CAT.”
  8. #8
    “Jellicle Cats come out to-night
    Jellicle Cats come one come all:
    The Jellicle Moon is shining bright-
    Jellicles come to the Jellicle Ball.”
  9. #9
    “When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason ,I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought
    of his name:
    his ineffable effable
    Effanineffable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.”
  1. #10
    “Old Deuteronomy’s lived a long time;
    He’s a Cat who has lived many lives in succession.
    He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme
    A long while before Queen Victoria’s accession.
    Old Deuteronomy’s buried nine wives
    And more – I am tempted to say, ninety-nine;
    And his numerous progeny prospers and thrives
    And the village is proud of him in his decline.”
  2. #11
    “With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
    Don’t speak till you are spoken to.
    Myself, I do not hold with that —
    I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
    But always keep in mind that he
    Resents familiarity.
    I bow, and taking off my hat,
    Ad-dress him in this form: O Cat!
    But if he is the Cat next door,
    Whom I have often met before
    (He comes to see me in my flat)
    I greet him with an oopsa Cat!
    I think I’ve heard them call him James —
    But we’ve not got so far as names.”
  3. #12
    “Dogs have important jobs, like barking when the doorbell rings, but cats have no function in a house whatsoever.”
  4. #13
    “Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.”
  5. #14
    New kids always laughed about that till they got a look at the cat. It was the meanest looking animal I ever saw. It had one short leg and a broken tail and one missing eye, and the mailman wouldn’t deliver anything to the Herdmans because of it.
  6. #15
    “No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.”
  7. #16
    “There’s a reason cats were near deity in ancient Egypt. Dogs may be loyal, but cats are smart. This one must recognize our bond. You can take the cat out of Egypt, but you can’t take Egypt out of the cat.”
  8. #17
    “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
  9. #18
    “Cats were the gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law and often dying there. There were a great many of them who never grew old by the fire.”

Books by TS Eliot

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Jellicle Cats book
TS Eliot, Arthur Robins
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Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer book
TS Eliot, Arthur Robins
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