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Cats and Dogs

  • A good recipe for a human reducing breakfast is a lot of good things to eat, and three spaniels and two cats to eat with.

  • ... I cannot imagine a cat in an Obedience ring, running around in the hot sun and doing things on command. For it would not make sense. Whereas a dog is tolerant of your not making sense and only wants to fix things so you are happy.

  • ... I love both the way a dog looks up to me and a cat condescends to me.

  • By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog.

  • Naked ourselves, we long for fur. Fur is superior to human skin in every cosmetic and practical respect; it insulates the flesh, resists sunburn, and doesn't show wrinkles, bruises, acne, sweat, or cellulite. It looks much the same in old age as in youth. It feels good, too. We like to touch it, but in recent years a cloud has fallen over the ancient custom of appropriating animal furs and swaggering around pretending they're ours. If we're going to run our hands over fur, it's now correct only if the creature's still in it. (Actually, it feels better that way, the creature adding a warmth and solidity under the softness.)

  • Most of us are animal lovers. We insist that we love all animals equally — the hamster, the weasel, and the zebra — but if pressed, we will admit to being either a cat person or a dog person.

  • ... whereas the dog strives to lessen the distance between himself and man, seeks ever to be intelligent and intelligible, and translates into looks and actions the words he cannot speak, the cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts.

  • The dog is guided by kindly instinct to the man or woman whose heart is open to his advances. The cat often leaves the friend who courts her, to honor, or to harass, the unfortunate mortal who shudders at her unwelcome caresses.

  • Dogs want only love but cats demand worship.

  • ... dogs ... can be made to feel guilty about anything, including the sins of their owners. Cats refuse to take the blame for anything — including their own sins.

  • You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets, but I didn't care.

  • It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?

  • ... dogs love us unconditionally and cats are big on redemption. Our sins and shortcomings don't bother them as long as we delight in their presence.

  • Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

  • Dogs teach you how to love. Cats teach you how to live.

  • No means everything to a dog, nothing to a cat.

  • A dog ... is prose, a cat is a poem.

  • In my day, we didn't have dogs or cats. All I had was Silver Beauty, my beloved paper clip.

    • Jennifer Hart,
    • in Louis Patler, Don't Compete ... Tilt the Field ()
  • Dogs will come when called. Cats will take a message and get back to you.

    • Missy Dizick,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Dogs will roll over and play dead. This is a cat's natural position.

    • Missy Dizick,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Your dog loves you. Your cat thinks you are funny.

    • Missy Dizick,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Cats always land on their feet. Dogs don't.

    • Mary Bly,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Dogs do tricks. Cats play tricks.

    • Mary Bly,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Dogs are high on life. Cats need catnip.

    • Mary Bly,
    • in Missy Dizick and Mary Bly, Dogs Are Better Than Cats ()
  • Dogs serve people, but people serve cats.

    • Temple Grandin,
    • in Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Animals Make Us Human ()
  • ... for creatures living low and close to the ground, not reared high up and away from all matters of true importance, only four things counted, one for each foot: food, food, sex and food.