29 Famous Quotes Translated into LOLCat

O hai! Shmoop Presents

29 famous quotes from literature, history, poetry, and music… translated into LOLCat.

(see answer key at the bottom)

1. Tah sleep, purchance tah dreem…prolly tah dreem.

2.  I herd a fly buzz when I died.  I atsed it.

(Original photo copyrighted by Gini~ on Flickr. Used with permission.)

3.  Do not go gentul intah that good nite!  Das where basement cat lives.

4.  Billie Jean?  Defanully not mah lubbr.

5.  Dey say dis cat is a bad muvah – SHUT YERZ MOUF!!!1!

6.  All animals r equal.  But sumz equalr than others.

7.  Ask not what yer kitteh can do fer you: Iz not listnin.

8.  Et tu, Kittéh?

9.  Tah b r not tah b – Das wut Iz ponderin.

10.  A DREAM!!1!  I haz it.

11.  Mah namez Ineego Montoyah.  U killd mah fathur.  Pruhpair fer dyin.

12.  Get dee to ah nunnr… nunn…SCOOT!!!!!

13.  Das one small step fer man, one giant leap for kitteh.

14.  O hai! Grownd contrul?  Dis iz Majr Tom.

15.  Lub iz a battlefield.  Youz losin.

16.  It waz bestest timez, it waz wurstest times.

17.  No kitteh iz a island.  Deyz hatez water.

18.  Unkl Kitteh wantz YOU!  Tah change dah litter.

19.  O hai sir!  I can haz moar porrige?

20.  Iz in yer woods, takin tha road less trabbled by.

21.  How do I lub dee? Lemme count da wayz.  Un, too, fybe…

22.  All dat glittrz iznt gold.  But itz still fun tah play wib.

23.  We wuz somewhere round Barstow onna edge ov da desert…

24.  Let mah peepl go!!1!  Wez gotsa pee.

25.  Frenz, romanz, countrymenz, lend mah yerz eerz!  Das right… jussa liddle closer…

26.  Quof da raben: Noperz!

27.  O hai!  U can callz meh Ishmail.

28.  Iz cannot tell a lie!  Haha, made mahself lolz.

29.  Big kitteh iz watchin.

Answer Key

1.  “To sleep, perchance to dream”, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet

2.  “I heard a fly buzz — when I died – “, Emily Dickinson

3.  “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night“, Dylan Thomas

4.  “Billie Jean is not my lover”, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean

5.  “They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother– Shut your mouth!”, Isaac Hayes’s “Theme from Shaft”

6.  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell’s Animal Farm

7.  “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

8.  “Et tu, Brute?” William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar

9.  “To be or not to be – that is the question.” William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

10.  “I have a dream!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

11.  “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” William Goldman’s The Princess Bride

12.  “Get thee to a nunnery”, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

13.  “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

14.  “This is Major Tom to Ground Control”, David Bowie’s “A Space Oddity”

15.  “Love is a Battlefield”, Pat Benatar

16.  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Citites

17.  “No man is an island”, John Donne’s “Meditation XVII”

18.  “I want YOU for US army”, WWI recruiting poster

19.  “Please, sir, I want some more (porridge).” Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist

20.  “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.” Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken

21.  “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Browning

22.  “All that glitters is not gold”, William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice

23.  “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

24.  “When Israel was in Egypt’s land: Let my people go”, American spiritual “Go Down Moses”

25.  “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”, William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”

26.  “Quoth the raven: Nevermore”, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven

27.  “Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

28.  “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.” George Washington re: the apple tree (according to a biography Parson Weems)

29.  “Big Brother is watching you.” George Orwell’s 1984

Original images used via Creative Commons licenses or found in the public domain.

1, 3-11, 13-16, 19, 21, 24-25, 27-28.  Creative Commons Share-Alike v2.0

2.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user RussianA

12.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Diego Grez

17.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Share Bear

18.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Arad

20.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Loadmaster

22.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Liftarn

23.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Sebastianjude

26.  Creative Commons Share-Alike Attribution v2.0, Wikipedia user Chosovi

44 thoughts on “29 Famous Quotes Translated into LOLCat

  1. HKF says:

    Children have enough trouble reading, writing and spelling, and someone publishes this! No wonder our children are falling behind in their learning.

  2. Jet says:

    Gee I thought it was just a joke…oh well I guess some people don’t know the difference and think this the way one should actually write and spell.

  3. Marianne Cammarata says:


    I like this page and wanted use the quotes in class today, but the pictures are missing? Any suggestions?


  4. girl says:

    To HKF and like-minded people:
    Apparently a lot of adults have trouble recognizing humor for what it is; obviously, no one actually writes or even speaks like this. Children are falling behind in their learning because their parents don’t teach them the value of proper literacy and because public education is the first thing to suffer when politicians “cut costs.”
    What you see on this page is just pop culture; your generation had it too.

  5. Ben Loc says:

    I thot I was a nerd for playing video games. Apparantly I was the cool kid, because lolspeak is friggin retarded and so is facebook, myspace, twitter, and all the other irritants that somehow matter to people.

  6. Fred says:

    I don’t care if the person who makes these is stupid and can’t spell, or if it is a humorous take on, I don’t know, how a cat would talk?. They took a relatively neat idea with funny images, paired with quotes that at least sometimes seem to match. Cool.

    I stopped trying to read after about 5 of them, though, absolutely friggin stupidly irritating spelling. Makes me want to lash out at someone.

  7. jspeed says:

    ur all fucking sad.. get a life and go outside.. dear god no wonder other countries hate you idiots.. is this amusing?? totally pathetic. L

  8. Jeremy says:

    +1 a girl.
    However public education isn’t falling behind because of costs cut. As a matter of fact federal plus state spending has more than quadrupled in the passed 30 years. The problem is that it isn’t spent on benefits to the children its spent on exponentially higher pay rates and pension rates because people like HKF and other old people won’t retire and/or die. can I haz pensionz?

  9. Azraelmel says:

    I love I can haz cheeseburger although they are getting harder and harder to read! Although I am usually a bit of a literacy Nazi and hate txt lingo I love the humour behind them. Can we just dull it down a little so I don’t have to focus so hard to understand them after a hard days work! And to those who slag it off, you clearly took time enough to read them and comment! Not much else in your life to do huh? 🙂

  10. gdogcornflake says:

    do not let this be a discussion about politics. just enjoy it… or hate it. your choice.

  11. Puud says:

    I have a horrible feeling the people who enjoy this most are the stereo-typical fat, pagan/wiccan girls. They tend to also enjoy the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python; neither of which was funny or entertaining either. Makes perfect sense.

  12. sham says:

    oh. and there is nothing wrong with liking rocky horror show. i know some christians that like that movie.and look at glee. they redid it. so its obviously not that bad.

  13. Mr_Right says:

    This would’ve been a lot funnier; had everthing been spelt correctly.

    It took a while to decipher some of the sentences (if you can called them that).

    LOLspeak is soo stupid! If something is funny, it’s funny!

    Misspelling doesn’t change anything.

  14. child_prodigy says:

    I’m going to point this out to you Mr. Right, this page was created and intended for a laugh for the people that use this cite (AKA TEENAGERS!) to take a break from writing papers and researching topics. As for the misspelling, do YOU have the foresight and knowledge to know if a cat can or cannot spell? What is it your place to judge? This is HUMOR not a finals paper.

  15. noyoucannotknowmyname says:

    wow. This is a total fail. This was not funny at all.
    The spelling makes it hard to understand,and when you finally do understand the sentence, you really don’t care anymore.
    It’s like they assumed people would like it because it was a meme and then didn’t bother to see if it was actually funny or even try to make it funny.
    I’d hate to see any other of their attempts at memes.

  16. Writer13 says:

    I’d just like to take the time to say that I believe this is an excellent way to teach kids important quotes like this. Using pop culture (and don’t deny that back in the 60’s and 70’s you didn’t have that too) is a great method for learning these important thing. As for the spelling, if you haven’t noticed, there is a list of the exact quotes and the sources underneath the pictures. I even learned some new quotes from this page. Unfortunately, it appears that certain parties do not understand this kind of delicate humor. It does take skill for someone to talk in “LOLspeak”, and certainly inspired quite a few laughs. Thank you, Shmoop, for using LOLcat in an educational manner, and thank you to the person who took the time to write this.

  17. Hey there! I’ve been reading your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Huffman Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

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