Feline Phrases – cat quotes and cat-based idioms



All cats are gray in the dark – people are pretty much the same regardless of appearances.

Alley cat – person with loose morals

Another breed of cat – something very different

Cat around- lead an aimless, immoral life

Cat burglar – silent thief

Catcalls – booing or heckling

Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking? May date to middle ages when body parts severed for punishment were fed to the cats or pigs.

Cat nap – short rest

Cat’s meow, cat’s pajamas, cat’s whiskers – special

Cat walk – narrow place to walk, requiring balance

Fat cat – well fed and pampered, wealthy

Cat on a hot tin roof – jumpy – from the play by Tennessee Williams

Pussyfooting around – moving carefully, not promising anything – like a hunting cat

Playing cat and mouse – being sneaky, secretive, like hunting

Not enough room to swing a cat – reference to cat-o-nine tails in the cramped quarters of a ship

When the cat’s away the mice will play – good off when not supervised.

More than one way to skin a cat – this saying actually relates to cleaning catfish, which has skin too tough to eat.

kittty-curiousCuriosity killed the cat – being too nosy can land you in trouble. This saying was penned by Ben Jonson in Every Man in His Humor.

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” Jules Verne.

“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle.

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Christmas Quotes from Notable Women

No one loves a Christmas tree on Jan. 1.

Irma Bombeck

I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the word seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.

Taylor Caldwell

It peeps through the trees with its berries of red,
And its leaves of burnished green,
When the flowers and fruits have long been dead,
And not even the daisy is seen.
Then sing to the holly; the Christmas holly,
That hangs over peasant and king.

Eliza Cook

Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered. What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

Phyllis Diller

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

Dale Evans

Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under the tree.

Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is a time when you get homesick, even if you’re at home.

Carol Nelson

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.

Edna Ferber

Christmas….is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.

Freya Stark

Some Quotes About Books

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark too read.” [Groucho Marx]

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” [Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta (Buddha), the founder of Buddhism]

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” [Jerry Seinfeld]

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” [CS Lewis]

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” [Mark Twain]

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” [George Bernard Shaw]

“It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.” [Voltaire]

“Every burned book enlightens the world.” [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” [Ray Bradbury]

“My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.” [Thomas Helm]