“P” is for “Purr” and “Q” is for “Quote”

Sometimes, I write paragraphs in my head before I start to write. That’s what I did Sunday, when I decided on “Purr” for Monday. This morning I discovered I never committed Sunday’s thoughts to paper. So, today I’m “minding my Ps and Qs” and combining both.

I’ve collected quotes for as long as I can remember. When I first began collecting, I realized I should note the originator. It never occurred to me to also note a specific citation. Oh well. Starting with a few on the subject of cats, here are some of my favorites:

“A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment.” ~~ St. Francis of Assisi

This one is a plaque on my mantel: “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ~~ Jean Cocteau

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~~ Anatole France

“Memory … is the diary that we all carry about with us.” ~~ Oscar Wilde (from “The Importance of Being Earnest“)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.” ~~ Anonymous (if anyone has a citation for this, please let me know!)

“Character is destiny.” ~~ Joe Biden @ John McCain memorial service (Phoenix 8/30/2018)

“I hate writing. I love having written.” ~~ Dorothy Parker

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” ~~ Gloria Steinem

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~~ Roald Dahl

Finally, a high school English teacher introduced me to metaphysical poet John Donne, who became a life-long favorite. Two of Donne’s best:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”~~ John Donne, from “Meditation XVII

“Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks.” ~~ John Donne, from “The Bait