Don’t quote me on that…

Author quotes. Who doesn’t love ‘em, eh? After all, who better to write a quote, than a writer? As natural wordsmiths, authors no doubt find it effortless to pen a short, profound, funny, or even disturbing quote – a quote that may spend the next few decades, or even centuries, being repeated in polite, intellectual conversation, or perhaps gracing Twitter and the blogoshpere with its concise ingenuity.

But the thing is (I’ve often wondered), where do these quotes originate from? Are they utterances from writers who strike literary gold when asked a question, or are they simply small chunks of text taken from their papers, journals and novels?

I suspect it’s the latter.

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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Cats

Loved this, especially the first one. Thanks Interesting Literature for the original.

Interesting Literature

‘Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.’ – Robertson Davies

‘When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.’ – Mark Twain

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‘I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is so remarkable a cat as My Cat.’ – T. S. Eliot (letter to his godson, 1931)

‘Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.’ – Neil Gaiman

‘When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?’ – Montaigne

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‘If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.’ – Doris Lessing

‘Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until…

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