"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." - Doris Lessing, British writer
"It will consent to be your friend if you are worthy of the honour, but it will not be your slave." -Théophile Gautier, French writer
"She understood now what cat lovers understood. You were with another being who didn't need your approval." - Richard Ben Sapier, American writer
"Dogs may fawn on all and some as they come; you, a friend of loftier mind, answer friends alone in kind. Just your foot upon my hand softly bids it understand." - Algernon Swinburne, English Poet
"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter, writer, and inventor
"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."- Albert Schweitzer, German-French theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and humanitarian who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953
"If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."
- Mark Twain, American writer and humorist
"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."- Mark Twain Notebook, 1894
"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."- Jean Cocteau, French film director
"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."- Hippolyte Taine, French critic and historian
"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart."- Ernest Menaul
"One cat just leads to another."- Ernest Hemingway, American writer who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature
"Time spent with cats is never wasted."- Unknown
" How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven."
- Robert A. Heinlein, Science fiction writer
"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, an American author who devoted his life to promoting animal rights
"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." - Wesley Bates, artist and wood engraver
"God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger." -Fernand Mery, French writer
"The cat could very well be man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it."
Doug Larson, Middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris