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Naming Things Quotes


"I like naming characters." - Roddy Doyle

"I can think of few things more painful than naming four good things about yourself in front of a room of journalists!" - Anne Hathaway

"There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"When I define polarities in my work, I actually create the space between things. I point to the question I am actually interested in, without naming it." - Alva Noto

"Naming things, breaking through taboos and denial is the most dangerous, terrifying, and crucial work. This has to happen in spite of political climates or coercions, in spite of careers being won or lost, in spite of the fear of being criticized, outcast, or disliked. I believe freedom begins with naming things. Humanity is preserved by it." - Eve Ensler

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

"I feel happy to be keeping a journal again. I've missed it, missed naming things as they appear, missed the half hour when I push all duties aside and savor the experience of being alive in this beautiful place." - May Sarton

"I think that we're guided by the motto in "essentials unity, non essentials liberty and in all things charity." So if pastors compromise essential Christian doctrine, I think that there is a biblical warrant for naming them." - Hank Hanegraaff

"I was naming the five warriors of our generation who have experience, four out of five I would argue were retired early out of the [Barack] Obama administration because they said things the Obama administration didn't particularly want to hear." - Carly Fiorina

"I worshipped Ethel Merman and I worshipped Ethel Merman a lot. It's incredible - Ethel Merman was a conventional singer. Her naming her child Ethel Merman, Jr., was, to me, one of the coolest feminist things." - Beth Ditto

"We the mortals touch the metals, the wind, the ocean shores, the stones, knowing they will go on, inert or burning, and I was discovering, naming all the these things: it was my destiny to love and say goodbye." - Pablo Neruda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I think it is very useful to know ourselves, but when we start naming and labeling, that is dangerous, that gets problematic. It negates that things are always changing. Besides, it's hard to pin a label onto something that's always moving." - Ani Difranco

"For me, Christianity is not a genre. It's faith. The Gospel is not a genre either. It's faith. I definitely understand the semantics of naming things to give them some kind of distinction but I think my faith is pretty distinct. If you want to call it hip hop, essentially it is. That's the art form." - LeCrae

"By virtue of this science the poet is the Namer, or Language-maker, naming things sometimes after their appearance, sometimes after their essence, and giving to every one its own name and not another's, thereby rejoicing the intellect, which delights in detachment or boundary." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hugh consoled me, saying, "Don't let it get to you. There are plenty of things you're good at." When asked for some examples, he listed vacuuming and naming stuffed animals. He says he can probably come up with a few more, but he'll need some time to think." - David Sedaris

"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

"You call a star a star, and say it is just a ball of matter moving on a mathematical course. But that is merely how you see it. By so naming things and describing them you are only inventing your own terms about them. And just as speech is invention about objects and ideas, so myth is invention about truth." - Humphrey Carpenter

"Even now, it's still hard for him to say it. I don't blame him. It's an icky word. Why couldn't whoever was in charge of naming things call cancer 'sugar' and sugar, 'cancer'? People might not eat so much of the stuff then. And it's so much more pleasant to die of sugar." - Sarah Wylie

"The Latin American photographer has the possibility, and the means, for naming the things of our world, for demonstrating that there is another kind of beauty, that the faces of the First World are not the only ones. These Indian, black, plundered white and mestizo faces are the first element defining the demographic content of our photography." - Edmundo Desnoes

"There's so much more work that goes into developing a makeup line than one would imagine. Personally, I like to be involved in the entire creative process - everything from art direction, collection concepts, formula testing, packaging artwork, to naming the shades and also the marketing side of things." - Kat Von D

"Poetry teaches us things that cannot be learned in prose, such as certain kinds of irony or the importance of the unsaid. The most important element of any poem is the part that is left unsaid. So the poetry frames the experience that lies beyond naming." - Sam Hamill

"I like to go for a certain over-the-top opulence when naming the drone pieces whereas the song titles are all about concision, I guess. I mean, if I were truly a purist, I'd call things, "Long Piece 27" or "Newest Fast Song", but I enjoy titling and it is helpful at rehearsals or when making set-lists." - David First

"The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding." - Laozi

"Singing what's in your heart? Naming the things you love and loathe? You can get hurt that way. Hell, you will get hurt that way. But you'll get hurt trying to hide away in all that silence and leave your life unsung. There's no future without tears. Are you really setting your hopes on not getting hurt at all? You think that's an option? You clearly aren't listening to enough Morrissey songs." - Rob Sheffield

"I had diverged, digressed, wandered, and become wild. I didn't embrace the word as my new name because it defined negative aspects of my circumstances or life, but because even in my darkest days-those very days in which I was naming myself-I saw the power of the darkness. Saw that, in fact, I had strayed and that I was a stray and that from the wild places my straying had brought me, I knew things I couldn't have known before." - Cheryl Strayed

"I use are provisional terms, and they usually put any proper nouns in critical distance. I'm in a tradition of people who resist naming, fixity. That means it's a tradition of people who insist on mobility, who defy proper nouns and genres and those kinds of things. When I push back against the word 'jazz' it's because I've learned that from many, many elders who think that way. I'm not just being a jerk." - Vijay Iyer

"Naming an emotion begins the process of regulating it and reflecting on it." - Sue Johnson

"The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind" - Elias Canetti

"From antiquity, people have recognized the connection between naming and power." - Casey Miller

"I collect words and phrases for naming the children of my brush." - Gene Black

"We are still in the infancy of naming what is really happening on software development projects." - Alistair Cockburn

"I don't know if the police of naming statements would agree with this." - Roman Abramovich

"In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence." - Adrienne Rich

"The lack of imagination or invention most people display in naming pussies is almost beyond credence." - Carl Van Vechten

"Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers." - Harper Lee

"For me, naming bands was the forerunner to really writing lyrics, because I work off titles." - Jim Capaldi

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

"The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing." - Pierre Bonnard

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

"Don't underestimate the value of beginning a headline by naming the people you want to reach." - John Caples

"Consciousness of exclusion through naming is acute. Identities seem contradictory, partial, and strategic." - Donna J. Haraway

"To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day, To-day we have naming of parts." - Henry Reed

"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

"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

"Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles." - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"In naming that which is right before me, that which I'd otherwise miss, the invisible becomes visible." - Ann Voskamp

"Some ways of naming a generation are fruitful and some are not. Postmodernism is not. It doesn't really say anything." - Robert Coover

"Once you get to naming your laptop, you know that you're really having a deep relationship with it." - Cory Doctorow

"Julius Caesar's wife, who said to Julius, We are not naming our son Sid! Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles." - Maltbie D. Babcock

"When they were naming the animals, somebody got lazy: anteater? What's it doing? It's eating ants. DONE!" - Demetri Martin

"Naming suffering, exalting it, dissecting it into its smallest components - that is doubtless a way to curb mourning." - Julia Kristeva

"I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our ability to see as we age." - Chris Ware

"Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives." - Richard Eyre

"But the worst handicap we had the prohibition of naming individual units who had done the fighting." - Philip Gibbs

"Naming rights are a seductive philanthropic inducement, yet more anonymous operational support may better advance the charitable purpose." - George Kaiser

"Naming one thing after another cannot, logically, increase the chances of the new thing turning out like the old thing." - Ned Beauman

"Just recognizing and naming that many of the things we treat as historical fact are stories can help erode their power over our sense of identity and thinking. If they are stories rather than "truth," we can write new stories that better represent the country we aspire to be. Our new stories can be about diverse people working together to overcome challenges and make life better for all, about figuring out how to live sustainably on this one planet we share, and on deep respect for cooperation, fairness, and equity instead of promoting hyper-competitive individualism." - Annie Leonard

"The argument is made that naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind." - Peter Rollins

"Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday, We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But today, Today we have naming of parts. Japonica Glistens like coral in all of the neighbor gardens, And today we have naming of parts." - Henry Reed

"Things aren't different. Things are things." - William Gibson

"Things die. All things die." - Kurt Vonnegut

"When repeated difficulties do arise, our first spiritual approach is to acknowledge what is present, naming, softly saying 'sadness, sadness', or 'remembering, remembering', or whatever." - Jack Kornfield

"For Mallarme naming an object meant suppressing three-quarters of its poetic pleasure (which consists in the joy of guessing bit by bit - "le suggerer, voila le reve!")." - Umberto Eco

"Women have had the power of naming stolen from us. We have not been free to use our own power to name ourselves, the world, or God." - Mary Daly

"My darling, you are indisposed! You must remain abed for the next eight months. Little Buford - " "I am NOT naming our child Buford..." - Cassandra Clare

"Weapons are kept from women, but such a naming suggests that perhaps men fear our talents in war as well as our desire for peace." - Alice Hoffman

"Do not enforce the tired wolf Dragging his infected wound homeward To sit tonight with the warm children Naming the pretty kings of France." - John Crowe Ransom

"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

"I don't move. I wait behind my log, terrified. Over the past ten minutes, it's become such a dear friend, I consider naming it: Howard, my pet log." - Rick Yancey

"Naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk... It's as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes 'Jew' and 'Gypsy.'" - Noam Chomsky

"The cool part about naming your kid is you don't have to add six numbers to make sure the name is available." - Bill Murray

"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

"I never went after character payments. I'm pretty much terrible at naming characters, so I usually name them after people I know." - Billy Lawrence

"Without explaining why, and, most of all, without naming other authors or books, I can only say my novels are influenced by love and death." - Alice McDermott

"I think white artists have a responsibility to be not only naming white supremacy, but to be using their power and privilege to support artists of color." - Vivek Shraya

"We thought there was also something that was humorous but at the same time powerful and deep about naming the album, 'Modern Vampires Of The City'." - Rostam Batmanglij

"And once you say this is true, you start naming the beast that hurts you - so I started doing this. Other truths come out." - Terry Gross

"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

"I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy; refrigerator, toaster, blender. You just say what the thing does and add "er"." - Mitch Hedberg

"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

"Making Saudi Arabia a world judge on women's rights and religious freedom would be like naming a pyromaniac as the town fire chief." - Hillel Neuer

"The truth of no truths becomes, inevitably, truth: a way of naming being, language, and culture that guards the boundaries of thought against claims it has not validated." - David Bentley

"Naming a transition team varies with the intentions of the candidate; some candidates have been careful to name a transition team as much as a year in advance." - Richard V Allen

"The problem with naming a No. 2 is you really want to throw all your weight behind the guy who is going to be the leader." - Charlie Bell

"Music is more difficult - try naming a political band. The Dead Kennedys. The Dead Kennedys are political, but they are more funny than they are political." - Thom Yorke

"I try to catch flies in cups and put them outside. After I wrote 'The Underland Chronicles'... well, once you start naming cockroaches, you lose your edge." - Suzanne Collins

"Naming is a privilege of reason and the province of bullies. We name to tame and to maim; to honor the great, the dead, and ourselves." - Jane Leavy

"Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission." - Theodore Bikel

"Someone asked me the other day, 'What's the biggest influence on your filmmaking career?' And they started naming filmmakers. I went 'Naw, it's Jesus actually.'" - Tom Shadyac

"I'm thinking about naming my first son Emmy so I can say I've got one. I want Emmy, Oscar and Tony - and my daughter Grammy." - Noah Wyle

"Many of my books have begun with the title, because naming a work already in progress makes no sense to me." - Guillermo Cabrera Infante

"I don't believe in naming clients to get press. I hated it when I was a couture client. If the dresses don't sell themselves, there is something wrong." - Carolina Herrera

"My parents were inspired by Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas when naming me. They specifically saved this masculine name for their only girl." - Dylan Lauren

"Things, things, things. Always more things, and success is seen as the abundance of things." - Francis Schaeffer

"Some things are forgotten, some things disappear, some things die." - Haruki Murakami

"Poverty wants some things, Luxury many things, Avarice all things" - Benjamin Franklin

"Things denied, things untold, things hidden and disguised." - J K Rowling

"Don't just consume things, create things" - Barack Obama

"Best things in life aren't things." - Mike Ness

"God doesn't know things. He is things." - David Herbert Lawrence

"Security isn't having things, it's handling things." - Susan Jeffers

"The best things in life aren't things." - Art Buchwald

"Things don't just happen; things happen just." - Jim Rohn

"Things seen are mightier than things heard." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Stories aren't about things. Stories are things." - Bret Anthony Johnston

"Letters are things, not pictures of things." - Eric Gill

"Good things are not necessarily God things." - Craig Groeschel

"Stories are' about things. Stories are things." - Bret Anthony Johnston

"Things seen are mightier than things heard." - Alfred Tennyson

"First things first, second things never." - Shirley Conran

"God doesn't know things. He is things." - D H Lawrence

"Hooray for most things!" - George Carlin

"Things well fitted abide." - George Herbert

"The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things." - Alistair Begg

"Bacon improved things dramatically." - Kristin Cashore

"Words, however, are things." - Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

"Words are dangerous things." - Corra May Harris

"Remembrance of things past." - William Shakespeare

"Longing performs all things" - Mary Renault

"Manage things. Lead people." - Grace Hopper

"Things never go smoothly." - Jeff Bezos

"Things that try to look like things often do look more like things than things." - Terry Pratchett

"All things must pass." - George Harrison

"All things human change." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Beautiful things spoil nothing." - Gustave Flaubert

"Attractive things work better." - Donald A. Norman

"Assumptions are dangerous things." - Agatha Christie

"Excellent things are rare." - Plato

"Make things worth sharing." - William Fraser

"I've always internalized things" - Peter Fonda

"All things are symbols." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"I like amateur things." - Sofia Coppola

"Beautiful things are different." - Guido Palau

"Time heals all things." - Champ Bailey

"Facts are stubborn things." - Tobias Smollett

"Time eases all things." - Sophocles

"Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth." - Bible

"Things in books' clothing." - Charles Lamb

"Thoughts become things" - Mike Dooley

"Love conquers all things." - Virgil



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