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Naming Quotes


"I like naming characters." - Roddy Doyle

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Western science is a product of the Apollonian mind: its hope is that by naming and classification, by the cold light of intellect, archaic night can be pushed back and defeated." - Camille Paglia

"I don't have any children, but if I had a baby, I would have to name it, so I would get a baby-naming book. Or I would invite somebody over who had a cast on." - Mitch Hedberg

"Once you have courage to look upon evil, seeing it for what it is and naming it by its true name, it is powerless against you, and you can destroy it." - Lloyd Alexander

"If it is in speaking their word that people, by naming the world, transform it, dialogue imposes itself as the way by which they achieve significance as human beings." - Paulo Freire

"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

"Simply naming objectives isn't sufficient for a vision. If I say that I'm going to build a large palace, but I don't have any money to do so, then that is not a vision - it's an illusion." - Bashar al-Assad

"Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos, we see despite all the chaos." - Madeleine L'Engle

"I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether." - Marcus Valerius Martial

"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

"But I really resist categories - that naming is a closing down of meaning. Women's art, political art - those categorisations perpetuate a certain kind of marginality which I'm resistant to. But I absolutely define myself as a feminist." - Barbara Kruger

"I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether." - Martial

"None of us kids had a middle name. We were lucky we had any name at all. By the time my mother got around to naming one, there was another on the way." - George Burns

"Some day there will have to be some new rules established about name-calling. I don't mean the routine cursing that goes on between husband and wife, but the naming of defenseless, unsuspecting babies." - Groucho Marx

"My parents got carried away with the letter P when they were naming the kids in our family. There's me, Paula, my sisters Peggy and Patty, and my brother Pjimmy, spelled with a silent P." - Paula Poundstone

"There are many lessons to learn. Naming just one is next to impossible. However, learning to love and be loved is a good starting point. It will encompass much." - Faith Hill

"Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work." - Adrienne Rich

"Over the last 2,000 years, 10,000 saints have been named, among them, 78 popes. At the time of his death, Pope John Paul II had the distinction of naming 482 saints, more than all of his predecessors combined." - Chris Matthews

"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

"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

"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

"The latest political rumor, North Korea ruler Kim Jong Il is close to naming his successor. Yeah, he said the only person with glasses big enough to replace me is Nicole Richie." - Conan O'Brien

"I think that when you pay tribute and are citing, not only through naming the authors but also through the acknowledgement of the form, that you are in no way plagiarizing." - Simone Muench

"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

"Naming a fairy is notoriously difficult, because they don't particularly like to be named. There are so many of them, and humans have always wanted to categorize them. In that way, we think we can have more control over them." - Brian Froud

"I hope that people will be held accountable, even if accountability just means naming it and letting the citizens of the country know where you're at. I think that has a huge impact on the way people think." - Christy Clark

"But it is we that choose to divide animals up into discontinuous species. On the evolutionary view of life there must have been intermediates, even though, conveniently for our naming rituals, they are usually extinct." - Richard Dawkins

"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

"Secret: A private matter whispered abroad and never kept to oneself. By naming it a secret, we immediately indicate its presence. If we really wanted to keep secrets, we would not have a name for them." - Peter Greenaway

"I don't have any children, but if I had a baby, I would have to name it so I'd buy a baby naming book. Or I would invite somebody over who had a cast on." - Mitch Hedberg

"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

"I am not indifferent to the appreciation of kind people. [The voters were] extremely kind in naming me the world's top public intellectual, a title to which I can never see myself as entitled." - Fethullah Gulen

"One knows one's madnesses, by and large. By and large the knowledge is vacuous. The notion of naming the beast to conquer it is the idiot optimism of psychotherapy." - Glen Duncan

"The sight of the first woman in the minimal two-piece was as explosive as the detonation of the atomic bomb by the U.S. at Bikini Island in the Marshall Isles, hence the naming of the bikini." - Tom Waits

"Jimmy Carter began his planning in the early summer of 1976, Ronald Reagan a year prior. The Clinton Administration, elected in 1992, lingered in naming its team, and as a result, took almost a year to staff its ranks." - Richard V Allen

"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

"It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important." - Ian Mcewan

"In scripture God brings the animals to the human for naming. In that simple act the human is brought to recognize the particular personality and worth of each living creature. Too bad we forget so often." - Joan D. Chittister

"I did a load of medicine cabinets a long time ago and I named them after Sex Pistols songs. I suppose I must be getting old if I'm naming work after Philip Larkin poems." - Damien Hirst

"An act of naming should quite rightly enable me to call any-thing a self-portrait, not only any drawing, 'portrait' or not, but everything that happens to me, that I can affect, or that affects me." - Jacques Derrida

"Well, I refer to 'Celebrity Jeopardy ' as the short-bus 'Jeopardy,' because it is a lot easier. Like, there was a whole column basically naming stores in New York." - Andy Richter

"I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more." - Linus Torvalds

"My mother wanted to name me Jackie or Jacqueline but she got to name my sister and my brother, so my dad and my brother insisted on naming me. And they were big fans of 'The Little Mermaid.'" - Ariel Winter

"It was my first big relationship and it was just very abusive. I wouldn't give him the credit of naming him, if he ever reads this. But he was older, in the music business - or so he said." - Lisa Snowdon

"We, like the people of Israel, would like to think we get to name God. By naming God, we hope to get the kind of god we need; that is, a god after our own likeness." - Stanley Hauerwas

"After all these years I had the privilege of naming my private part, cause we have nicknames. So I named my private part pride... it's not much but at least I have my pride." - Jay London

"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

"Since we were renamed, and now it feels like 80 percent of the African-American population has the name Washington or Jefferson or some president or slave owner's name. And, I almost wonder is this, like, is this part of a way of taking back the principle of naming your - I might be going too far into this - but naming your kids something of your choice?" - Jordan Peele

"As a young man, I yearned for the day when, rooted in the experience that comes only with age, I could do my work fearlessly. But today, in my mid-sixties, I realize that I will feel fear from time to time for the rest of my life. I may never get rid of my fear. But . . . I can learn to walk into it and through it whenever it rises up . . . naming the inner force that triggers . . . fear . . . Naming our fears aloud . . . is the first step toward transcending them." - Parker J. Palmer

"[T]he final step in becoming an urban farmer is the naming of your farm, even if your name is simply for the few pots on your front porch. Creating your name helps to build a sense of place within your neighborhood as well as pride in your accomplishments. By naming your farm you give it a life of its own. Be creative and come up with a name that inspires and makes people smile, like my friend Laura's "Wish We Had Acres," the Fairy Tale inspired "Jack's Bean Stalk" or my "Urban Farm." - Greg Peterson

"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

"We two remake our world by naming it / Together, knowing what words mean for us / And for the other for whom current coin / Is cold speech-but we say, the tree, the pool, / And see the fire in the air, the sun, our sun, / Anybody's sun, the world's sun, but here, now / Particularly our sun...." - A S Byatt

"Great potential for personal empowerment can be found in attending to our awareness of global problems and to our understanding of how they connect with each other and with our personal lives. The process of naming the danger, saying aloud that the threats to life on earth are real, moves us from the numbness of denial to the aliveness that makes action possible." - Sarah Connor

"Suffering begins when you mentally label a situation as bad. That causes an emotional contraction. When you let it be, without naming it, enormous power is available to you. The contraction cuts you off from that power, the power of life itself." - Eckhart Tolle

"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

"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

"Become aware of internal, subjective, sub-verbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc. with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hitherto unconscious and uncontrollable processes." - Abraham Maslow

"Yes it is,' said the Professor. 'Wait-' he motioned to Richard, who was about to go out again and investigate- 'let it be. It won't be long.' Richard stared in disbelief. 'You say there's a horse in your bathroom, and all you can do is stand there naming Beatles songs?' The Professor looked blankly at him." - Douglas Adams

"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

"Our minds are susceptible to the influence of external voices telling us what we require to be satisfied, voices that may drown out the faint sounds emitted by our souls and distract us from the careful, arduous task of accurately naming our priorities." - Alain De Botton

"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

"You have to be free to play around with the notion that day might be night, love might be hate; nothing can be too sacred for the imagination to turn into its opposite or to call experimentally by another name. For writing is re-naming." - Adrienne Rich

"Often in my lectures when I use the phrase "imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy" to describe our nation's political system, audiences laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately naming this system is funny. The laughter is itself a weapon of patriarchal terrorism." - Bell Hooks

"Inevitably, the flood of literary pornography loosed on us is dulling our reactions of surprise or shock. Its writers are forced to raise the ante, to provide stronger and stronger stimulants. Or try to provide them, since both the manner, the naming of parts and the few inexpressive four-letter words, and the matter, are narrowly limited." - Storm Jameson

"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

"Richard Lee calculated that a Bushman child will be carried a distance of 4,900 miles before he begins to walk on his own. Since, during this rhythmic phase, he will be forever naming the contents of his territory, it is impossible he will not become a poet." - Bruce Chatwin

"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



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