Cat Wisdom

Here is a list of current and past Cat Wisdom featured on the main page.

August 29, 2013: Tori Spelling:

I’m never as happy as when I’m pregnant. I literally would have 10 babies if I could!

Not sure when: Thomas Insel, Director of NIMH:

(Until recently) there was such a focus on what I call the ‘blame and shame’ approach to mental illness, where either your parents were bad or you were bad. We don’t blame people for having cancer or diabetes.

March 11, 2009: Helen Keller:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

December 24, 2008: George Bernard Shaw:

I learned to speak as people learn to skate or cycle, by doggedly making a fool of myself until I got used to it.

November 19, 2008: Mark Victor Hansen:

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

October 01, 2008: Steve Jobs:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

June 5th, 2008: Barack Obama:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

May 21, 2008: Albert Einstein:

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.

May 7, 2008: Lifehouse:

there goes the world
off of my shoulders
there goes the world
off of my back
there it goes

April 2nd, 2008: Maxine Hong Kingston:

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear to be favored by the gods.

March 26th, 2008: Bertrand Russell:

Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be.

March 12th, 2008: Marcel Pagnol:

One has to look out for engineers – they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.

March 5th, 2008: Bertrand Russell:

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

February 3, 2008: Barack Obama:

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea –

Yes. We. Can.

November 21, 2007: Hippocrates:

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.

November 7, 2007: Anonymous:

Sometimes the most productive thing one can do is to sleep.

October 31, 2007: Duncan Sheik:

And then I’m with you,
No longer alone.
When I’m with you,
it feels like I’m home.
And you are with me,
No longer alone.
How can it be?
It feels like I’m home.

October 11, 2007: Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson:

Given that everyone has blind spots, our greatest hope of self-correction lies in making sure we are not operating in a hall of mirrors, in which all we see are distorted reflections of our own desires and convictions. We need a few trusted naysayers in our lives, critics who are willing to puncture our protective bubble of self-justifications and yank us back to reality if we veer too far off.

September 16, 2007: Leonore Fleisher:

When you’re special to a cat, you’re special indeed … she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand.

August 23, 2007: Bob Dylan:

Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

July 25th, 2007: Ani DiFranco:

I want somebody who sees the pointlessness
and still keeps their purpose in mind
I want somebody who has a tortured soul
some of the time
I want somebody who will either put out for me
or put me out of misery
or maybe just put it all to words
and make me say, you know
I never heard it put that way

July 12th, 2007: From the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore:

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

July 2nd, 2007: Joni Mitchell:

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

June 28th, 2007: Richard Dawkins:

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.

June 13, 2007: Ani DiFranco:

and so she sits there like america
suffering through slow reform
but she’ll never get back the time
and the years sneak by
one by one
she is still playing the martyr
I am still praying for revolution

June 3, 2007: Alicia Keys:

Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
with no one to share,
with no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t you baby
If I ain’t got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain’t got you

May 24, 2007: Ani DiFranco:

We get a little further from perfection
Each year on the road
I think that’s called character
I think that’s just the way it goes
Better to be dusty than polished
Like some store window mannequin
Why don’t you touch me where I’m rusty
Let me stain your hands

May 15, 2007: Dave Matthews Band:

I am who I am who I am, well who am i
Requesting some enlightenment
Could I have been anyone other than me?

May 9 2007: Karen Brademeyer:

Who among us hasn’t envied a cat’s ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?

May 3 2007: T.S. Eliot, from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully! Smoothed by long fingers, Asleep … tired … or it malingers, Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.

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