“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,— Hans Christian Andersen
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
When I look at my cat I see a cute, cuddly, adorable creature. When birds and small mammals look at cats, they probably see something like this nightmarish vision from Picasso’s 1939 painting, likely inspired by the violence of the Spanish Civil War.
It seems that Picasso wasn’t a big fan of the pampered domestic fluff balls:
I hate pure-bred cats that purr on the pillow in the living room. I like feral cats that hunt birds, scamper around the streets like crazy, drag everything they get. They look at you with wild eyes ready to scratch your face.
“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”— G.K. Chesterton
“A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”— OSCAR WILDE
“At the door of every contented, happy man somebody should stand with a little hammer, constantly tapping, to remind him that unhappy people exist, that however happy he may be, sooner or later life will show him its claws, some calamity will befall — illness, poverty, loss — and nobody will hear or see, just as he doesn’t hear or see others now.”
— Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries