Names Quotes

No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Benjamin Franklin

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

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.


He lives who dies to win a lasting name.

William Drummond

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.

Marshall McLuhan

Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.

W. H. Auden

A name is a kind of face whereby one is known; wherefore taking a false name is a kind of visard whereby men disguise themselves.

Thomas Fuller

Great names degrade instead of elevating those who know not how to sustain them.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Name is a fence and within it you are nameless.

Samuli Paronen

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

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

G.K. Chesterton

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