If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.
The man who sets out to carry a cat by its tail learns something that will always be useful and which never will grow dim or doubtful.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
Don't, like the cat, try to get more out of an experience than there is in it. The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. Nor upon a cold stove lid.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.
The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.
Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal... In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour I taught a cat and a dog to be friends. I put them in a cage. In another hour I taught them to be friends with a rabbit. In the course of two days I was able to add a fox, a goose, a squirrel and some doves. Finally a monkey. They lived together in peace even affectionately.
If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again -- and that is well but also she will never sit.
I saw a cat yesterday with 4 legs and yet it was only a yellow cat, and rather small, too, for its size. They were not all fore legs several of them were hind legs indeed almost a majority of them were.
If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with a cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime
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