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
“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!)
“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:
“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“