Theophile Gautier — French Poet born on August 30, 1811, died on October 23, 1872

Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic... (wikipedia)

If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave.
To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal... one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
The cat is a dilettante in fur.
Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.