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Names/naming Quotes


"With me it was that defending the Communist Party was something worse than naming the names." - Edward Dmytryk

"Without naming names, I think other movies look more realistic but they feel less real." - Brad Bird

"Names come and names go." - Neil Gaiman

"Women have had the power of naming stolen from us." - Mary Daly

"Names are an important key to what a society values. Anthropologists recognize naming as 'one of the chief methods for imposing order on perception." - David S. Slawson

"All names mean something." - Salman Rushdie

"Everybody should customize their names." - Charles Baxter

"Proper names are rigid designators." - Saul Kripke

"Trick names are so ridiculous!" - Shaun White

"I like naming characters." - Roddy Doyle

"The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn't just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I'm mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names..." - T S Eliot

"With me it was that defending the Communist Party was something worse than naming the names. I did not want to remain a martyr to something that I absolutely believed was immoral and wrong. It's as simple as that." - Edward Dmytryk

"I am always cautious about naming the known, as we often forget to hold in regard those whose names will never be known to anyone outside of their close circle." - Joan Halifax

"The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES." - T S Eliot

"Come on, Ted Heath! Sue me if you've got nothing to hide! Come on, George Bush! I'm ready! Sue me! I'm naming names! Come on, Jon? Why are they refusing to sue me?" - David Icke

"All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them." - Muhammad Ali

"I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision... is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive." - Barbara Deming

"The names of the cerros and the sierras and the deserts exist only on maps. We name them that we do not lose our way. Yet it was because the way was lost to us already that we have made those names. The world cannot be lost. We are the ones. And it is because these names and these coordinates are our own naming that they cannot save us. They cannot find for us the way again." - Cormac Mccarthy

"Certain names always awake certain prejudices." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"I collect men with interesting names." - Sylvia Plath

"To love is to undress our names." - Octavio Paz

"Indeed there's a woundy luck in names." - Ben Jonson

"Names are not always what they seem." - Mark Twain

"People's fates are simplified by their names" - Elias Canetti

"I'm the man of a million names." - Giancarlo Stanton

"Words have meaning and names have power." - Anonymous

"I'm, like, really bad at remembering names." - Dasha Zhukova

"People's fates are simplified by their names." - Elias Canetti

"I'm horrible at remembering names, embarrassingly bad." - Sam Trammell

"I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp, gaunt names that never get fat." - Stephen Vincent Benet

"Procedure names should reflect what they do; function names should reflect what they return" - Rob Pike

"So I had all the names, three names, and that's good to have on a soap." - Joan Van Ark

"I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp names that never get fat." - Stephen Vincent Benet

"Ecclesiastes names thee Almighty, the Maccabees name thee Creator, the Epistle to the Ephesians names thee Liberty, Baruch names thee Immensity, the Psalms name thee Wisdom and Truth, John names thee Light, the Book of Kings names thee Lord, Exodus names thee Providence, Leviticus Sanctity, Esdras Justice, creation names thee God, man names thee Father; but Solomon names thee Compassion, which is the most beautiful of all thy names." - Victor Hugo

"For never has there been, in modern times, such a Homeric world, where so much value is pinned onto the utterance of name! Entire conversations, entire lives, are devoted to the act of naming people, and in Pakistan the affluent would be totally devoid of talk if they were unable to take names in vain. Caste and all its subclassifications are recreated every day in the structure of a conversation that knows which names to name ..." - Sara Suleri

"What are their names? Psycho and Killer?" He shook his head. "Cupcake and Twinkie." My mouth dropped open. "You're kidding." A grin flitted across his lips. "Afraid not." If naming them after dessert snacks had been Miss Marva's attempt to make them seem cute, it wasn't working." - Lisa Kleypas

""Naming Tokyo" kicked off at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in June, and it's going to travel to various art institutions for years to come. Every time it is shown, I'm developing the research and involving more and more people in it. The final conclusion of the work would eventually be to put up street signs in Tokyo with my names on them." - Aleksandra Mir

"Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe." - John Mason Brown

"This naming of things is so crucial to possession - a spiritual padlock with the key thrown irretrievably away - that it is a murder, an erasing, and it is not surprising that when people have felt themselves prey to it (conquest), among their first acts of liberation is to change their names ..." - Jamaica Kincaid

"There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other's names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name." - Jeanette Winterson

"More attention and thought goes into naming a character in 'Call Of Duty' than all the work that can go into certain movies. Blood and sweat and tears go into figuring out the names because they are so important. The call signs say a lot about you. The brotherhood that's evoked by the name is quite profound." - Stephen Gaghan

"Names are still magic; even Sharon, Karen, Darren, and Warren are magic to somebody somewhere. In fairy stories, naming is knowledge. When I know your name, I can call your name, and when I call your name, you'll come to me." - Jeanette Winterson

"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." - Galileo Galilei

"Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning." - Charles Alexander Eastman

"Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning." - Charles Eastman

"Naming celestial objects is usually done by astronomers and professionals. Other people who are interested in space never get the opportunity to do that kind of thing." - Alan Stern

"The cool part about naming your kid is you do' have to add six numbers to make sure the name is available." - Bill Murray

"This isn't like naming your dog Spot." - Moby

"Naming a center after a person who is still alive can make it seem that an individual somehow on their own was able to accomplish what he accomplished." - Desmond Tutu

"You must never name the goal. You must never tell us the target you're hitting for. You must automatically go toward it without ever naming it." - Ray Bradbury

"We see only what we have names for." - Garrett Hardin

"Our names were made for us in another century." - Richard Brautigan

"All the rare and royal names Wormy sheepskin yet retains" - John Millington Synge

"He said true things, but called them by wrong names." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Only times and places, only names and ghosts." - Aldous Huxley

"Our best yesterdays are now foul piles of crumpled names." - Vladimir Nabokov

"All the donuts have names that sound like prostitutes" - Tom Waits

"Doubt is one of the names of intelligence." - Jorge Luis Borges

"Don't call people names you dirty name caller you." - Roseanne Barr

"You need names to get the movie made." - Laverne Cox

"Fear calls out our doubts; God calls out our names." - Bob Goff

"Reality is always the foe of famous names." - Petrarch

"Instead of calling everybody names, start being more understanding." - Clint Eastwood

"Everyone's very relaxed about brand names in television." - John Mulaney

"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.." - Proverbs

"Always forgive your enemies-but never forget their names." - Robert Kennedy

"Our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words." - William Shakespeare

"Names are but noise and smoke, Obscuring heavenly light." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Adam named the living animals, MaddAddam names the dead ones." - Margaret Atwood

"These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were" - Benjamin Franklin

"God has a thousand names, or rather He is Nameless." - Mahatma Gandhi

"For new-made honour doth forget men's names." - William Shakespeare

"All names will soon be restored to their proper owners." - C S Lewis

"We all have names we don't know about." - Martin Amis

"Fate and temperament are the names of a concept." - Novalis

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F Kennedy

"Every name is real. That's the nature of names." - Jerry Spinelli

"It turned out that, like Satan, cancer had many names." - Khaled Hosseini

"Losing their names, these things underwent a process of uncreation." - Angela Carter

"People who really appreciated animals always asked their names." - Lilian Jackson Braun

"What's really fun is to write under different names." - Tom Verlaine

"I'll name names, you know I won't hold back." - Steven Cojocaru

"They certainly give very strange names to diseases." - Plato

"When you live in Mexico, your houses all have names." - Jesse Ventura

"Brand names aren't important to me at all." - Wiz Khalifa

"God has many names, though He is only one Being." - Aristotle

"Company names without clear pronunciation or spelling won't last." - David Rusenko

"Japanese people have a funny habit of abbreviating names." - Shigeru Miyamoto

"I confused things with their names: that is belief." - Jeanpaul Sartre

"He said true things, but called them by wrong names." - Elizabeth Barrett Brownin

"Domain names and websites are Internet real estate." - Marc Ostrofsky

"I wonder if our names determine our destiny, or if destiny leads us to choose certain names." - Michelle Moran

"When a woman says, 'I don't wish to mention any names', it means it ain't necessary to mention any names." - Kin Hubbard

"What glass unwinking gives our trust Its image back, what echo names The names we hurl at namelessness?" - Robert Penn Warren

"God is known by many names. And in the last analysis God's names were as many as human beings." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The Vietnam memorial is a masterpiece. The names of the dead are listed there, chronologically. Just the names." - William Westmoreland

"Naming my favorite books feels like naming a favorite child - impossible." - Libba Bray

"Names are hard. I have a library of What to Name Your Baby books, and I'm always picking up new books, and books of baby names from other countries. I like cool-sounding names." - George R R Martin

"Names are hard. I have a library of What to Name Your Baby books, and I'm always picking up new books, and books of baby names from other countries. I like cool-sounding names." - George R R Martin

"When I started producing, I was just making music under all different names. 'Black Afro.' 'Super Grandmaster.' 'Mister Bull.' Like, the most stupid, idiotic names. 'Afrojack' was one of those idiotic names." - Afrojack

"Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

"I was thinking about naming my child Kanye." - Asap Rocky

"I look back, now, and I know that the naming moment, which seemed so insignificant then, which seemed to demand no more than an arbitrary and superstitious yes or no, was in fact a pivotal moment in my life." - Gregory David Roberts

"The naming of cats is a difficult matter" - T S Eliot

"Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Why does naming a thing give it so much power?" - Ellen Sussman

"I kept thinking how they were all names of dead people, and how names are basically the only thing dead people keep." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"As soon as rules were made, names were given. There are already many names. One must know when it is enough." - Laozi

"I don't know their names. Their names have been erased from my memory banks. If I tried to bring 'em back, I'd get shocked." - Shaquille O'Neal

"Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names." - Neil Gaiman

"To take sides with life and experience how we can transcend ourselves is a process that has many names and faces. Religion is one of those names." - Dorothee Solle

"Man, in his sensitivity, does not give names to animals he intends to eat but goes on giving names to children he intends to send to war." - Robert Breault

"Man, in his sensitivity, does not give names to animals he intends to eat but goes on giving names to children he intends to send to war." - Robert Brault

"And the Earth had no name. The gods know themselves and have no need of names. It is man who names all things, even gods." - Megan Whalen Turner

"For some reason, all my characters come to me with their names attached to them. I never have to search for the names." - Paul Auster

"People seem to have a great love for names. For to know a great many names seems to look like knowing a good many things." - Herman Melville

"I love inventing names, but I also collect unusual names, so that I can look through my notebook and choose one that suits a new character." - J K Rowling

"Can you look at a situation without naming it? Naming it, making it a word, causes fear." - Bruce Lee

"... "fire" does not matter, "earth" and "air" and "water" do not matter. "I" do not matter. No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. The more words he remembers, the cleverer do his fellows esteem him. He looks upon the great transformations of the world, but he does not see them as they were seen when man looked upon reality for the first time. Their names come to his lips and he smiles as he tastes them, thinking he knows them in the naming." - Roger Zelazny

"With the project where I'm making something with my own name, my main mission statement is honesty. I never want to hold back from what I'm saying for fear of showing it to people. At the same time, I try to take my own personal experiences and problems and wrap them around lyrics that are a little more universal and not naming names. I don't let it get that personal. That's not really a fear of over-sharing, it's just what makes a good song. I want to get people to listen to it and to find a universal aspect of what I'm trying to say." - Mikal Cronin

"There are names written in her immortal scroll at which Fame blushes!" - William Hazlitt

"I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to." - Shaquille O'Neal

"Well, I don't remember all the names of all the clubs we went to" - Shaquille O'Neal

"We do what we must, and call it by the best names." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders." - R Buckminster Fuller

"Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names." - Joseph Campbell

"I remember a couple of instrumental albums, just don't ask the names." - Big Jim Sullivan

"Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every body consists of three ingredients. The names of these are Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt." - Paracelsus

"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names; but once you know, everything changes." - David Platt

"Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. Language alone is meditation." - Toni Morrison

"Combinatorialists and analysts always have different names for everything, in order to keep themselves from interacting." - Jennifer Tour Chayes

"If I could remember the names of all these particles, I would have been a botanist." - Enrico Fermi

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit." - James Howe

"I became a total yes. We don't even have names anymore." - Vanna Bonta

"So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart." - Billy Collins

"Since you won't give me your names I'll call you Thing One and Thing Two." - Laurell K Hamilton

"Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names." - Ouida

"The beginning of wisdom, as the Chinese say, is calling things by their right names." - E O Wilson

"Religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times" - Muhammad Ali

"I can never remember names. I'm so self-centered and have a terrible memory..." - Jim Shaw

"It became normal for women on the internet to adopt gender-neutral or male screen names." - Arthur Chu

"It is no use trying to improve on children's names for wildflowers." - Mary Hunter Austin

"Teach me to go to the country beyond words and beyond names." - Thomas Merton

"My memory about names and places now is dreadful. But lines, I can remember." - Angela Lansbury

"I know of witches who whistle at different pitches, calling things that don't have names." - Helen Oyeyemi

"Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language." - Dale Carnegie

"The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders." - Buckminster Fuller

"Isn't it marvelous how those scientists know the names of all those stars?" - Anonymous

"Happiness and misery are the names of two extremes, the utmost bounds whereof we know not." - John Locke



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