C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Mrs. Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasn’t room to swing a cat there; but as Mr. Dick justly observed to me, sitting down on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, “You know, Trotwood, I don’t want to swing a cat. I never do swing a cat. Therefore what does that signify to me!”


  • If ’twere not for my cat and dog,
  • I think I could not live.
  • Ebenezer Elliott.

  • Confound the cats! All cats—alway—
  • Cats of all colors, black, white, gray;
  • By night a nuisance and by day—
  • Confound the cats!
  • Dobbin.

    It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one.