Book Quotes Galore: The Travelling Cat Chronicles By Hiro Arikawa

Book Quotes Galore: The Travelling Cat Chronicles By Hiro Arikawa


A few days ago, I just finished The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. To be honest, being that I bought this book randomly when I was in the bookstore, the expectations for it was close to zero. Yet what do you know, this book ended up being one of the most impressionable books on pet and owner relationship that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

Being that The Traveling Cat Chronicles was originally written in Japanese and then later translated to other languages––one of them being English––it is understandable that the language sounds a little “boxy” at times. I am sure there are some phrases that were lost in translation, but even with those obstacles, this small 200-something-page book managed to reach inside my heart and squeeze it like when one squeezes water out of cloth. Because towards the end of the book, your girl was sobbing like the world is ending tomorrow. 

So, to show my appreciation for this book––and also because I miss reading about the damn sassy yet loving cat––I’m going to dedicate this blog post to all my favorite quotes in The Travelling Cat Chronicles.





Human beings are basically huge monkeys that walk upright, but they can be pretty full of themselves. They leave their cars exposed to the elements, but a few paw prints on the paintwork and they go ballistic.


“Humans always underestimate our language skills. Just ’cause they can read and write, there’s no need to act all high and mighty.”



travelling cat chronicles hiro quotes



“No other animal in the world would try to defy the laws of nature, but humans are a very peculiar species.”





“As we count up the memories from one journey, we head off on another.”





“Nana, you said his name is?”



“Yeah. Because his tail’s hooked into the shape of a seven.”


“When an animal’s life is over, it rests where it falls, and it often seems to me that humans are such worriers, to think of preparing a place for people to sleep when they are dead.”



travelling cat chronicles hiro quotes



I have everything I need in life, so why am I such a mean, small person?





“If you have to consider what’s going to happen after you die,

life becomes doubly troublesome.”





Cats don’t cry like humans do. But—somehow—I sort of understood why he was weeping.


“If you don’t mourn a dead cat properly, you’ll never get over it.”


“What was Nana like when he was little?”



“I found him when he was a grown cat, so I don’t know what sort of kitten he was. I wish I could have known him then. I’m sure he was adorable.”


You’re right there. My level of cuteness when I was a kitten was such that passersby vied for the privilege of leaving me a little something to eat.



travelling cat chronicles hiro quotes



“Do you really want to see the cat that much?”



“He’s family,” Satoru replied.





There’s a proverb that says a child is the glue that keeps a husband and wife together.

A child who was never any trouble might keep things peaceful from day to day, but when push came to shove, that child would finally come unstuck.





“Some people really shouldn’t become parents. There’s no absolute guarantee when it comes to the love between a parent and their child.”


I was in the hospital to see him off. But he’s still here, in my heart, so I don’t need a ceremony to remember him.





How can you be such a good person when you’ve been so unlucky?





“Cats the world over prefer to discover things they like on their own and rarely go for anything that’s been provided for them.”


“However, I’m a grown-up cat and I restrained myself, so, everyone, feel free to shower me with praise.”



travelling cat chronicles hiro quotes



Tell me, Satoru. What’s out there beyond this field? A lot of wonderful things, I’m thinking. I wonder if I’ll be able to go on a trip with you again.


Satoru grins, and picks me up, so I can see the far-off-horizon from his eye level.


“Life, be it human or feline, doesn’t always work out the way you think it will.”



travelling cat chronicles hiro quotes



“Humans who think we don’t understand them are the stupid ones.”





The sea is where you go to reminisce when you are far away from home.





“How could I ever leave him, having experienced that kind of love? I will never, ever, leave him.”


“Our silver van was like a magic carriage. Every time I got into it, it carried me to a place I’d never been before. At that moment, we were without a doubt the greatest travelers in the world. And I was the world’s greatest traveling cat.”




“My story will be over soon. But it’s not something to be sad about.

Remembering those who went ahead. Remembering those who will follow after.

And someday, we will meet all those people again, out beyond the horizon.”





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