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30 Black Cat Quotes to Bewitch and Bewilder

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With their mysterious reputations and mystical affiliations, black cats have long captured our imaginations. Since ancient times, black cats have been associated with both witches and deities across cultures. While infamously feared as omens of bad luck, they’re also considered signs of good fortune in some folklore traditions. 

Considering their polarizing popularity, it’s not surprising that these controversial kitties have inspired quotable musings from philosophers, writers, and pop culture icons throughout the years. From spooky to silly, these black cat quotes can add a little mystique to feline-focused captions, cards, and more.  

Funny Black Cat Quotes

Black cat with yellow eyes on path

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx, comedian

“A black cat passing by the crossroad can stop hundreds of people, what a red light on traffic signal has failed to do for a long time.” – Nitya Prakash, author

“You’re going to turn me into one of those fat, useless, contented house cats.” – Thackery Binx, Hocus Pocus

“Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.” – Missy Dizick, author

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” – Neil Gaiman, author

Spooky Black Cat Halloween Quotes

Cat purring in dark

“Black cat on a fence; Halloween two days hence.” – Rusty Fischer, author

“Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.” – Jean Genet, author 

“With my aversion to this cat, however, its partiality for myself seemed to increase.” – Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

“This latter was a remarkably large and beautiful animal, entirely black, and sagacious to an astonishing degree.” – Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne, author 

“His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path.” – Stephen King, author

“I’m like an eclipse on a Friday, the 13th, with black cats and Haley’s comet.” – Redman, rapper 

“Black cat, nine lives. Short days, long nights, Livin’ on the edge, not afraid to die.” – Janet Jackson, pop star 

“A ghost, though invisible, still is like a place your sight can knock on, echoing; but here within this thick black pelt, your strongest gaze will be absorbed and utterly disappear.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, poet 

“Get hence, you loathsome mystery! Hideous animal, get hence! You wake in me each bestial sense, you make me what I would not be.” – Oscar Wilde, author

“Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity, For he’s a fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.” – T.S. Eliot, poet

“You ought to know Mr. Mistoffelees! The Original Conjuring Cat (There can be no doubt about that).” – T.S. Eliot, poet

Famous Black Cat Quotes

Black cat with mouse toy on head

“Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it’s a good cat.” ­– Deng Xiaoping, Chinese statesman 

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.” – Confucius, philosopher 

“Every time a boy falls off a tricycle, every time a black cat has gray kittens, every time someone stubs a toe, every time there’s a murder or a fire or the marines land in Nicaragua, the police and the newspapers holler ‘get Capone.'”  – Al Capone, gangster 

“A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there. A theologian is the man who finds it.” – H.L. Mencken, journalist

Literary Black Cat Quotes

Black Scottish cat on the bed with owner

“There are no ordinary cats.” – Colette, novelist

“Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that is not there, and finding it.” – Oscar Wilde, author 

“When the tea is brought at five o’clock, and all the neat curtains are drawn with care, the little black cat with bright green eyes is suddenly purring there.” – Harold Monro, poet 

“Story collectors tend to be superstitious. Knock on wood, black cats, four leaf clovers … that sort of thing. After all, superstitions are the little stories we tell ourselves to make sense of our chaotic world.” – Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, author 

“When a black cat crosses your path, follow it. Understand the knowable unknown.” – Lionel Suggs, author 

“In the pewter mornings, the cat, a black fur sausage with yellow Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries to get onto my head. It’s his way of telling whether or not I’m dead.” – Margaret Atwood, poet

Positive Black Cat Quotes

Black cat lounges on porch railing

“Animals like crows and black cats are not ominous at all; it is the men’s superstitious mind which is the inauspicious one.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan, playwright 

“Black cats are certainly bad omens for enemies and good luck for friends.” – GR Shankar, composer

“Whenever the cat of the house is black, the lasses of lovers will have no lack.” – English Proverb

“Nothing is going to happen to you if you throw salt on the floor, stand under a ladder, or see eight black cats on the street.” – Penelope Cruz, actress

Fascinated by our midnight-coated feline friends? As these quotes about black cats prove, you’re not alone. Share them with your followers ­– and your cat! ­– to make any day feel a little more magical.