Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mr Peebles And The Getting Of Wisdom


Apparently Leonardo da Vinci said, "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

According to The Guinness Book of Records , the smallest feline is Mr Peebles:



Image via here 

Mr Peebles is two years old, weighs about 1kg, and is 15cm long.  Mr Peebles will tolerate being shoved into a drinking glass for photos, and although it is not stated explicitly, he would probably list the following amongst his hobbies: napping, scratching at rugs, glaring and going to the toilet.

Mr Peebles is very cute, but I wouldn't say he is a masterpiece.  And that makes me question the wisdom of some of those people whose quotes grace our desk calendars, and whose utterances are immortalised as captions in picture books of baby-animals-doing-cute-things-that-are-actually-analogous-to-human-behaviour-and-really-make-us-stop-and-think-about-what-we-could-learn-after-we've-gone-awwwwww.

But da Vinci isn't the only one to have spouted spurious cat wisdom.  Take, for example, the following:

"In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats."
- English Proverb
I am quite happy with that.  Why would I want the snotty eye bits and random hairs that float across the iris?

"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."
- Abroad with Mark Twain and Eugene Field, Fisher
What clean, cunning and intelligent things are inside the girl you love????

"A cat pours his body on the floor like water." 
- William Lyon Phelps
No, that's actually pee.

"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat."  
-Edgar Allan Poe
What is stopping you from writing that, Edgar Allan?

"Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty and not from our very own hearts?"
-Emme Woodhull-Bäche, translated
Presumably uttered just before Emme suffered a massive heart attack.

"Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges.  Cats have the courage to live by them."  
-Jim Davis
We all feel like killing from time to time.  Doesn't mean it's noble.

I should, however, stop here, on the advice of Dan Greenberg:

"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person."



Quotes sourced from here and here 

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