by Janet Blue on September 28, 2015

Pixel Blue Eyes “tagged” us to take part in a Quote Challenge. We are supposed to post our three favorite quotes. We kitties really don’t know anything about this kind of stuff so we are handing this off to Mom. Take it away Mom.

Thanks, Kitties Blue! This was a bit hard for me. I have two favorite quotes and then a whole slew of ones that do mean something to me when I see them.

The first quote is from a song originally published in 1808 in A Selection of Irish Melodies. It was written by Thomas Moore for his wife Elizabeth, who was badly scarred by smallpox.

Here is that song:


BELIEVE me, if all those endearing young charms,

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,

Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,

Like fairy-gifts, fading away!

Thou wouldst still be ador’d as this moment thou art,

Let thy loveliness fade as it will;

And, around the dear ruin, each wish of my heart

Would entwine itself verdantly still!


It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofan’d by a tear,

That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,

To which time will but make thee more dear!

Oh! the heart, that has truly lov’d, never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close;

As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,

The same look which she turn’d when he rose!

The kitties’ dad and I used this song 42 years ago in our wedding vows, and the line highlighted was engraved in our original wedding bands. We have used the quote again. It is carved into our headstone. (Yes, we already have one. It never hurts to be prepared.)

My second quote is one of my own: “Cats are predictably unpredictable.”

TiggerLily Olivia and Astrid (and on rare occasions Calista Jo and Lisbeth) sleep in the bowl on the kitchen counter. Mauricio DOES NOT…well, until yesterday. I could not have predicted this. You saw him yesterday and in a previous post on Fiona and Gulietta’s bed. Now here he is in the counter bowl. He was back in the bowl again when I headed upstairs last night to go to bed. Like Goldilocks looking for just the right bed, he seems to be on a quest to find one he likes best.

Identifying a third quote as a favorite was a challenge, so I am sharing two additional ones.

In the ’80s and ’90s, I worked at a local college. It was the early days of the internet and e-mail. Morale was quite low among the employees, and I started sending out an uplifting quote via e-mail each day. I selected the following quote one morning specifically for my co-worker and dear friend who was suffering from malignant melanoma. It became the quote she used on all her correspondence until her death.

“Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words/And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

Just about any line from the book The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch could be on my favorite quote list, but I have selected this one to share with you.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

This basically has been my mantra most of my adult life—long before Pausch’s last lecture. Being dealt a somewhat crummy hand by being born with a congenital and progressive neuro-muscular disease, I have always worked hard to make the most of the abilities I do possess. To use Pausch’s analogy (and that of some others), I am a Tigger, not an Eeyore.

Those are my quotes and why I selected them. Like most challenges, this one has some rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you: Thanks Pixel Blue Eyes for this opportunity to reveal a bit about myself through the quotes I selected.
  • Post three of your favorite quotes (this can be done all in one post or on three consecutive days).
  • Nominate 3 bloggers and challenge them.

I challenge Annie from McGuffy’s Reader, Melissa from Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows and Ellen from 15 and Meowing.

Wishing you all a Tigger-type of week.



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Canadian Cats September 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

We love the quotes. Too bad mom can’t remember them all without peeking or she could use them and sound all philosophical. MOL

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Melissa and Mudpie September 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Oh, how fun! I definitely need to put my thinking cap on!
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Nerissa's Life September 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Those are GREAT quotes. LOVE them! My all-time favourite quote is one of Nissy’s. “Crazy, that is! Crazier than a squirrel making nut pies kind of crazy, for sure.”

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Deziz World September 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

Dat’s purretty cool. Weez luv da quotes and yous ring sayin’. Dat was weally sweet.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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The Island Cats September 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Beautiful quotes. Thanks for sharing them with us. We ‘specially love the song/poem that you used as your wedding vows.
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Sometimes Cats Herd You September 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm

What wonderful quotes! And how wonderful that you had that line engraved on your wedding bands. It’s really purrrrfect.
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Jean Dion September 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Those are all really beautiful. I actually teared up on the hope poem! Thanks for sharing these with us.
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LP September 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm

We love your Mama’s choices! It must have been difficult for her to pare it down to three. The sonnet is beautiful and we love that she used a line from it for her wedding band(s) and to eventually commemorate her time here on earth. One of the cards your Mama was definitely dealt in life was the LOVE card! She is surrounded by love in her life and all of us here at the cottage love her too and think very highly of her. 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo


The Swiss Cats September 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Those are great quotes. We love the story behind the poem. Purrs
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BeadedTail September 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Lovely quotes and meanings behind them! We’re more Tigger too! 🙂
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Kitty Cat Chronicles September 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I love all of your quotes! I had never heard the song by Thomas Moore, but it is beautiful. A perfect choice for wedding vows. Thank you for sharing it, and the others, with us today. And we agree — you are a Tigger if we’ve ever seen one!!! 😀 Sending lots of love to Mom Janet and Kitties Blue, and of course Sampy sends Astrid a kiss for every quote ever.


Ellen Pilch September 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm

YAY! Thanks for picking me, I was thinking this would be a fun challenge. I love your choice of quotes. I also love that book Last Lecture. My hubby and I have our headstone already too. I would not have guessed you were married 42 years, you didn’t look much older than 42 in the photo I saw of you recently.
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Annabelle September 28, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Such lovely inspiring quotes you chose.
We admired Randy Pausch and read his book and then his wife book when it came out after his death. What an inspiring man.
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles September 28, 2015 at 11:29 am

Those quotes are furry inspiring!


Brian Frum September 28, 2015 at 10:16 am

Those were both super terrific!!!


Linda Arthur Tejera September 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

Wow, these are all fabulous! Great job! 🙂
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Sammy September 28, 2015 at 7:14 am

You did a WONDERFUL job with this “project”…………I love your quotes and totally love the one you used in your wedding vows/bands/headstone……it “works” for love of humans AND our love of animals. We probably never really think about all those quotes we’ve “retained” until asked to pull them out of our memory banks but you did a wonderful job of that. As for Mau in the bowl on the table – “never say never” (another quote) – just because he didn’t find it comfy in the past, doesn’t mean it won’t become his FAVORITE spot from now on! LOL

Hugs and love, Pam (and Sam)
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Austin Towers September 28, 2015 at 5:42 am

Mum read this several times! She loves quotes,… well she quotes me all the time MOL. Good and thought provoking choices!
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Mariodacat September 28, 2015 at 5:31 am

We loved your song Ned quote. Nice job. And good choices


LadyBird September 28, 2015 at 4:01 am

My mom loves quotes! And she will be adding yours to her collection.
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Lone Star Cats September 28, 2015 at 3:14 am

Great quotes!
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The Creative Cat September 28, 2015 at 1:37 am

One of my favorite songs, and I love the Romantic era English poets. Of course, Emily Dickinson too. Good thing the kitties let you choose!
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Summer September 28, 2015 at 1:31 am

These are lovely quotes – my human never knew the origin of the poem, and loves the story behind it.
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McGuffy's Reader September 28, 2015 at 12:09 am

Oh! I love this. I accept your challenge. I will get it done this week, too. Thank you for thinking of me. Big hugs, my friend. (I will email you, too.) ❤
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