17th-century cats who don’t have time for this shit

‘Asses are made to bear, and so are you.’

‘I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.’


‘I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.’

‘You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!’

‘Sit there, clod-pate!’


‘There is in human nature generally more of the fool than of the wise.’


‘What goes up, must come down’.


‘Don’t I have a reason to be angry, you disobedient hags?’


‘All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.’

A Musical Gathering of Cats (oil on canvas)

‘Silence is the virtue of a fool!’


‘I begin to smell a rat.’


‘They say everything in the world is good for something.’


‘Be frustrate all ye strategems of Hell, and devilish machinations come to naught!’


‘I see all the birds have flown.’

‘And so I went to Mrs. Martin, and there did what je voudrais avec her, both devante and backward, which is also muy bon plazer.’


‘A surfeit of the sweetest things, the deepest loathing to the stomach brings.’


“By god”, says he, “I think the Devil shits Dutchmen!”


‘I am the state.’

14 Comments Add yours

  1. PorterGirl says:

    There are some hard-core cats right there.

  2. laufvergnügen says:

    Reblogged this on laufvergnügen.

  3. tmezpoetry says:

    The very first one gave me a chuckle.

  4. cat9984 says:

    Are these all from Dutch artists? Some of the people are almost painfully realistic looking.

    1. Mostly Dutch and Flemish, yes….

  5. Do you know which artist painted the group of cats singing in front of the choral book? I’m interested to know whether there is any available history behind its creation. Thanks.

    1. Yes, it’s called ‘A Musical Gathering of Cats’, and it’s by Ferdinand van Kessel. It’s a cracking picture!

      1. Thanks, Jonathan!

  6. edesorban says:

    Reblogged this on My Miscellania and commented:
    A marvelous collection of literary 17th century cats!

  7. Especially loved the ‘What goes up, must come down’ one, haha 😀

  8. marjoriekaye says:

    Loved this. Well done!

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