— John Steinbeck, libro L'inverno del nostro scontento
Origine: The Winter of Our Discontent
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Contesto: The first week of this month was International Cat Week, and as the cat is, above all animals, the writer's pet, I suppose I should have written something about it. But I do not care about "weeks", and every week is a cat week with me.
„There is rarely an exception: once a cat makes up her mind to do something, your pleadings matter not at all. A dog, in the same circumstances, no matter how urgently he needs to do something, will change his mind if you insist. He is made for compromise, for self-sacrifice, for thinking about how you feel. Not cats.“
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson American writer and activist 1941
Origine: The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats (2002), Ch. 2
„Yes I can,” Curran snarled. “Listen: this is me telling you what you will not do.”
I raised the cookbook and tapped him on the nose. Bad cat.“
— Ilona Andrews American husband-and-wife novelist duo
Origine: Magic Slays
„A dog will make eye contact. A cat will, too, but a cat’s eyes don’t even look entirely warm-blooded to me, whereas a dog’s eyes look human except less guarded. A dog will look at you as if to say, “What do you want me to do for you? I’ll do anything for you.” Whether a dog can in fact, do anything for you if you don’t have sheep (I never have) is another matter. The dog is willing.“
— Roy Blount Jr. American writer 1941
“Dogs Vis-A-Vis Cats,” Now Where Were We?, Random House (1989).
— Eleanor H. Porter, libro Pollyanna
Works, Pollyanna (1913)
„“Oh yes,” said the Emperor. “That’s what you have to do when you approach the Celestial Presence—that’s me.”
“Well, I’m afraid that no cat in the world ever bowed to an emperor,” said Jason. “They just won’t do it, Ichigo, and you’re wasting your time if you try to force them. A cat does what he wants, when he wants, emperor or not.”“
— Lloyd Alexander American children's writer 1924 - 2007
Origine: Time Cat (1963), Chapter 8 “Master of Imperial Cats” (p. 79)
„Dan: 'Ah, well, I hope this didn't have anything to do with me.'
Ellen: 'No, not unless you played Cat Woman in Batman.“
— Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958
„“Why do you tell me this?”
“Perhaps because I am a cat and it amuses me to be arbitrary and do you a good turn.”“
— Roger Zelazny, libro A Night in the Lonesome October
October 2 (p. 9)
A Night in the Lonesome October (1993)
„I have to spring a cat out of Rumelt Animal Shelter. Think of it as a prison break."
It does the trick. He laughs. "Whose cat?"
"My cat. What do you think? That I break out the cats of strangers?"
"Let me guess, she was framed. She's innocent.“
— Holly Black, libro White Cat
Origine: White Cat
„Each creature had something it excelled at, he supposed. Humans could manage knots easily, and cats could do everything else.“
— Jim Butcher, libro The Aeronaut's Windlass
Origine: The Aeronaut's Windlass
„He's a pinboy. He also wears suspenders. He's a real person. You know him, but not by that name… I saw him come into the room one night and he looked like a camel. He proceeded to put his eyes in his pocket. I asked this guy who he was and he said, "That's Mr. Jones." Then I asked this cat, "Doesn't he do anything but put his eyes in his pocket?" And he told me, "He puts his nose on the ground."“
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
It's all there, it's a true story.
When asked about the meaning of the song "Ballad of a Thin Man" during a 1965 interview.
— T.S. Eliot, libro Quattro quartetti
Letter to his godson, Thomas Erle Faber (January 1931) as quoted in "T.S. Eliot's Private Letters To Faber Publishing Family To Be Sold" at World Collector's Net http://www.worldcollectorsnet.com/news/newstories/news736.html (12 August 2005)
Origine: Four Quartets
Contesto: I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is So remarkable a cat as My Cat. My Cat is a Lilliecat Hubvously. What a lilliecat it is. There never was such a Lilliecat. Its Name is JELLYORUM and its one Idea is to be Usefull!!