„In the dark, all cats are black.“

—  John Cage

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„Like searching at midnight in a dark cellar for a black cat that isn’t there.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, buch Starman Jones

Chapter 11, “Through the Cargo Hatch” (p. 115)
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„[blind_man] A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.“

—  Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882

This is attributed, with an expression of doubt as to its correctness, in Mathematics, Our Great Heritage: Essays on the Nature and Cultural Significance of Mathematics (1948) by William Leonard Schaaf, p. 163; also attributed in Pi in the Sky : Counting, Thinking and Being (1992) by John D. Barrow. There are a number of similar expressions to this with various attributions, but the earliest published variants seem to be quotations of Lord Bowen:
When I hear of an 'equity' in a case like this, I am reminded of a blind man in a dark room — looking for a black hat — which isn't there.
Lord Bowen, as quoted in "Pie Powder", Being Dust from the Law Courts, Collected and Recollected on the Western Circuit, by a Circuit Tramp (1911) by John Alderson Foote; this seems to be the earliest account of any similar expression. It is mentioned by the author that this expression has become misquoted as a "black cat" rather than "black hat."
An earlier example with "hat" as a learned judge is said to have defined the metaphysician, namely, as a blind man looking for a black hat in a dark room, the hat in question not being there Edinburgh Medical Journal, Volume 3 (1898)
With his obscure and uncertain speculations as to the intimate nature and causes of things, the philosopher is likened to a 'blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that is not there.'
William James, himself apparently quoting someone else's expression, in Some Problems of Philosophy : A Beginning of an Introduction to Philosophy (1911) Ch. 1 : Philosophy and its Critics
A blind man in a dark room seeking for a black cat — which is not there.
A definition of metaphysics attributed to Lord Bowen, as quoted in Science from an Easy Chair (1913) by Edwin Ray Lankester, p. 99
A blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.
A definition of metaphysics attributed to Lord Balfour, as quoted in God in Our Work: Religious Addresses (1949) by Richard Stafford Cripps, p. 72
A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.
H. L. Mencken, as quoted in Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time (1977) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 427
A metaphysician is like a blind man in a dark room, looking for a black cat — which isn't there.
Variant published in Smiles and Chuckles (1952) by B. Hagspiel
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Citát „Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.“
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„Religion is like a blind man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

This quote was instead first mentioned in a 1931 book titled “Since Calvary: An Interpretation of Christian History” by the comparative religion specialist Lewis Browne.
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„It doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.“

—  Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997

Quoted in Hung Li China's Political Situation and the Power Struggle in Peking (1977), p. 107
According to Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (1993), p. 315, this quote is from a speech at the Communist Youth League conference in July 1962.

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„He is like a cat. And all cats are thieves.“

—  Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976

Murder for Christmas (1939, Holiday for Murder, Hercule Poirot’s Christmas)

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„Cats and monkeys — monkeys and cats — all human life is there!“

—  Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916

The Madonna of the Future http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2460/2460-h/2460-h.htm (1879)
The Atlantic Monthly, March 1873 http://books.google.com/books?id=T4cGAQAAIAAJ&q=%22Cats+and+monkeys+monkeys+and+cats+all+human+life+is+there%22&pg=PA293#v=onepage

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„At night all cats are grey.“

—  George Orwell, buch Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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„In the night all cats are gray.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

Ch. 33.
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