16 Famous Writers And Their Cats
What do Charles Bukowski, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edgar Allan Poe have in common? They love cats. Writers and cats go together like salt and pepper, and here are 16 of our favorite pairs.
1. Ernest Hemingway
"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not."
2. Charles Bukowski
"when I am feeling
all I have to do is
watch my cats
I study these
they are my
—Charles Bukowski, "My Cats"
"Having a bunch of cats around is good. If you're feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you'll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There's nothing to get excited about. They just know. They're saviors. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you'll live ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It's truly ridiculous."
3. Joyce Carol Oates
"I write so much because my cat sits on my lap. She purrs so I don't want to get up. She's so much more calming than my husband."
4. Neil Gaiman
"'No,' said the cat. 'Now, you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.'"
—Neil Gaiman, Coraline
"'Name the different kinds of people,' said Miss Lupescu. 'Now.' Bod thought for a moment. 'The living,' he said. 'Er. The dead.' He stopped. Then, '... Cats?' he offered, uncertainly."
—Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
5. Allen Ginsberg
6. Ray Bradbury
"That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you."
—Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
7. Doris Lessing
"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air."
—Doris Lessing, On Cats
8. Mark Twain
"When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction."
—Mark Twain, Who Is Mark Twain?
"I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course."
9. Sylvia Plath
"And I a smiling woman.
I am only thirty.
And like the cat I have nine times to die."
—Sylvia Plath, "Lady Lazarus"
10. Aldous Huxley
"'My young friend,' I said, 'if you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is to keep a pair of cats.'"
—Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays
11. William S. Burroughs
"My relationship with cats has saved me from a deadly, pervasive ignorance."
—William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside
12. Edgar Allan Poe
13. Hermann Hesse
"How absurd these words are, such as beast and beast of prey. One should not speak of animals in that way."
—Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf
14. T. S. Eliot
"When a Cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it and wait until the wind changes."
15. Philip K. Dick
"Willis, my tomcat, strides silently over the pages of that book, being important as he is, with his long golden twitching tail. Make them understand, he says to me, that animals are really that important right now. He says this, and then eats up all the food we had been warming for our baby. Some cats are far too pushy. The next thing he'll want to do is write SF novels. I hope he does. None of them will sell."
16. Jorge Luis Borges
"You belong to another time. You are lord
of a place bounded like a dream."
—Jorge Luis Borges, "To a Cat"