Names Quotes

I am not thinking of those shining precepts which are the registered property of every school; that is to say learn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause of the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods.

John Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.

Margaret Atwood

All that remains is the faces and the names of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Gordon Lightfoot

If goodness were only a theory, it were a pity it should be lost to the world. There are a number of things, the idea of which is a clear gain to the mind. Let people, for instance, rail at friendship, genius, freedom, as long as they will --the very names of these despised qualities are better than anything else that could be substituted for them, and embalm even the most envenomed satire against them.

William Hazlitt

People's fates are simplified by their names.

Elias Canetti

The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity.

Victor Hugo

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the nature of things.

Benjamin Franklin

The names that do the serious damage are the ones we call ourselves. The stereotypes we give ourselves are the ones that matter in the long run, not the ones imposed on us by other people.

Judith Rich Harris

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.


Knowledge enormous makes a God of me. Names, deeds, gray legends, dire events, rebellions, Majesties, sovran voices, agonies, Creations and destroyings, all at once Pour into the wide hollows of my brain, And deify me, as if some blithe wine Or bright elixir peerless I had drunk, And so become immortal.

John Keats

Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.


And we were angry and poor and happy,And proud of seeing our names in print.

G.K. Chesterton

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior.

Logan Pearsall Smith

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