— Rudyard Kipling, The Cat That Walked By Himself
The Cat that Walked by Himself.
think that the
world should be full of cats and full of rain, that's all, just
rain, rain and cats, very nice, good
— Charles Bukowski, Betting on the Muse: Poems and Stories
„A face peered. All the grey night
In chaos of vacancy shone;
Nought but vast sorrow was there—
The sweet cheat gone.“
— Walter de la Mare English poet and fiction writer 1873 - 1956
„When all candels be out, all cats be grey,
All thingis are then of one colour, as who sey.
And this prouerbe faith, for quenching hot desyre,
Foul water as soone as fayre, will quenche hot fyre.“
— John Heywood English writer known for plays, poems and a collection of proverbs 1497 - 1580
When all candles are out, all cats are grey, All things are then of one color, as who say. And this proverb faith, for quenching hot desire, Foul water as soon as faire, will quench hot fire. Part I, chapter 5.
„My hair is grey, but not with years,
Nor grew it white
In a single night,
As men's have grown from sudden fears.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
The Prisoner of Chillon http://readytogoebooks.com/PC31.htm, st. 1 (1816).
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
The Madonna of the Future http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2460/2460-h/2460-h.htm (1879) The Atlantic Monthly, March 1873 http://books.google.com/books?id=T4cGAQAAIAAJ&q=%22Cats+and+monkeys+monkeys+and+cats+all+human+life+is+there%22&pg=PA293#v=onepage
„Starry starry night,
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul…“
— Don McLean American Singer and songwriter 1945
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
„Whoever heard me assert that the grey cat playing just now in the yard is the same one that did jumps and tricks there five hundred years ago will think whatever he likes of me, but it is a stranger form of madness to imagine that the present-day cat is fundamentally an entirely different one.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Quoted by Jorge Luis Borges in his essay "A History of Eternity"
„Whoever hears me assert that the grey cat playing just now in the yard is the same one that did jumps and tricks there five hundred years ago will think whatever he likes of me, but it is a stranger form of madness to imagine that the present-day cat is fundamentally an entirely different one.“
— Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
Context: I turn to the most promising example: the bird. The habit of flocking; smallness; similarity of traits; their ancient connection with the two twilights, the beginnings of days, and the endings; the fact of being more often heard than seen — all of this moves us to acknowledge the primacy of the species and the almost perfect nullity of individuals. Keats, entirely a stranger to error, could believe that the nightingale enchanting him was the same one Ruth heard amid the alien corn of Bethlehem in Judah; Stevenson posits a single bird that consumes the centuries: "the nightingale that devours time." Schopenhauer — impassioned, lucid Schopenhauer — provides a reason: the pure corporeal immediacy in which animals live, oblivious to death and memory. He then adds, not without a smile: Whoever hears me assert that the grey cat playing just now in the yard is the same one that did jumps and tricks there five hundred years ago will think whatever he likes of me, but it is a stranger form of madness to imagine that the present-day cat is fundamentally an entirely different one. "A History of Eternity" in Selected Non-Fictions Vol. 1, (1999), edited by Eliot Weinberger
„The devil is not abroad at night in the form of a cat or a wolf or any other animal. He lives eternally in the hearts of men.“
— Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962