A Cat in Gloves

Posted on November 21, 2011


A cat in gloves catches no mice. — Ben Franklin from an issue of Poor Richard’s Almanack.

This may be my favorite of all the aphorisms compiled and published by Ben in Poor Richard’s Almanack.

And, thusly: “A cat in gloves catches no mice” marks the launch of a new Monday feature on The Ben Franklin Follies — The Monday Motivator. Look for this post each Monday between 6 and 8 a.m.

One reason I love this bit of wisdom is that it leaves so much room for interpretation and application.

I included it in my Ignite! Birmingham talk in April 2010, along with this photo of my cat. Trust me, it’s difficult to get any cat to put on a pair of gloves. That’s probably why the kittens lost their mittens.

Gloves off.