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CATS
[ Also see Animals Dogs Mammals Mice ]

It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay)

It has been the providence of Nature to give this creature [the cat] nine lives instead of one.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay),
        The Greedy and Ambitious Cat (fable iii)

Lauk! what a monstrous tail our cat has got!
      - Henry Carey, The Dragon of Wantley
         (act II, sc. 1)

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
      - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Mrs. Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasn't room to swing a cat there; but as Mr. Dick justly observed to me, sitting down on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, "You know, Trotwood, I don't want to swing a cat. I never do swing a cat. Therefore what does that signify to me?"
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (vol. II, ch. VI)

Confound the cats! All cats--alway--
  Cats of all colours, black, white, grey;
    By night a nuisance and by day--
      Confound the cats!
      - Rev. Orlando Thomas Dobbin,
        A Dithyramb on Cats

If 'twere not for my cat and dog,
  I think I could not live.
      - Ebenezer Elliott ("The Corn Law Rhymer")

The Cat in Gloves catches no Mice.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

What female heart can gold despise?
  What cat's averse to fish?
      - Thomas Gray,
        On the Death of a Favorite Cat

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

One cat just leads to another.
      - Ernest Hemingway

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
      - James Herriot (f/k/a James Alfred Wright)

The cat would eat fish, and would not wet her feet.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
      - Garrison Keillor

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
      - Joseph Wood Krutch

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.
      - Will Rogers

For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.
      - Christopher Smart

His friends he loved. His direst earthly foes--
  Cats--I believe he did but feign to hate.
    My hand will miss the insinuated nose,
      Mine eyes the tail that wagged contempt at Fate.
      - Sir William Watson (2), An Epitaph

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
      - Alfred North Whitehead

Black cat or white cat, it's a good cat that catches the mice.
      - Deng Xiaoping

It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.
      - Deng Xiaoping


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