Famous People On Why They Love Cats (PHOTOS)

04/09/2012 08:19 am ET

French novelist and notorious vixen Colette said, "Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet," and an Italian proverb says, "Happy is the home with at least one cat."

These musings may help us to understand the Internet's fixation with felines. Cute cats with funny captions are popular for a reason: Some of history's greatest thinkers have long venerated the species for their wits, independence, and yes, cuddliness.

Here are some adorable photos of cats and quotes to go along with them from a new book by Ella Earle, "The Cat" [IPG, $10.95]:

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