As we move into a new year, many of us feel the need to reflect on the previous 12 months in order to be inspired by the next. With 2020 just around the corner, we decided to contemplate the year by gathering our favorite thought-provoking and funny cat quotes. Perhaps they will inspire you to face the new year like a cat would—with a perplexing balance of courage and caution, recovering gracefully from even the most awkward missteps.
Without further adieu, check out these 20 quotes about cats for 2020 inspiration!
Thought-provoking cat quotes
Cats are an introspective species, quite often compelling us to look within ourselves. Unlike many household pets, there is more to a cat than meets the eye. That is why our favorite quotes about cats are rousing, beautiful, and heart-warming.
I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
– Jean Cocteau, film director
It occurred to me that cats were being held back a little bit. I thought, 'I'll give the cat human thoughts and feelings but not be apologetic for it. That would be very catlike.'
– Jim Davis, creator of Garfield
I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
– Jules Verne, novelist
Children, old crones, peasants, and dogs ramble; cats and philosophers stick to their point.
– H.P. Lovecraft, novelist
What greater gift than the love of a cat.
– Charles Dickens, novelist
Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
– James Herriot, veterinary surgeon & writer
Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
– William S. Burroughs, writer
I've met many irresponsible people in my life but never an irresponsible cat.
– Rita Mae Brown, writer
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
– Ernest Hemingway, author
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
– Sigmund Freud, psychoanalyst
Funny cat quotes
As often as they are intriguing, cats are just plain goofballs. These funny cat quotes manage to capture the oddities so readily displayed by felines. Anyone who is truly a “cat person” will instantly recognize the humor in these words.
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
– Terry Pratchett, novelist
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
– Ellen Perry Berkeley, journalist & author
Cats have it all: admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it.
– Rod McKuen, poet
The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
– Paula Poundstone, comedian
In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.
– Theophile Gautier, poet
If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.
– Nan Porter
When Rome burned, the emperor's cats still expected to be fed on time.
– Seanan McGuire, author
If cats could write history, their history would be mostly about cats.
– Eugen Weber, historian
People who don't like cats were probably mice in an earlier life.
From all of us at Litter-Robot, we hope that you and your cat(s) have a happy Mew Year!
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