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Quotes About Names

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W.C. Fields
“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.”
W.C. Fields

Rick Riordan
“Jason scratched his head. "You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?”
Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero

Neil Gaiman
“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. '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, Coraline

Jessica Valenti
“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters

Alan Wilson Watts
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
Alan Wilson Watts

John Green
“You used," he said, and then took a sharp breath, "to call me Augustus.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Rick Riordan
“Names have power.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Patricia Briggs
“My grandfather would have loved to have met you," he told her huskily. "He would have called you 'She Moves Trees Out of His Path.' "

She looked lost, but his da laughed. He'd known the old man, too.

"He called me 'He Who Must Run into Trees,'" Charles explained, and in a spirit of honesty, a need for his mate to know who he was, he continued, "or sometimes 'Running Eagle.' "

" 'Running Eagle'?" Anna puzzled it over, frowning at him. "What's wrong with that?"

"Too stupid to fly," murmured his father with a little smile.”
Patricia Briggs, Hunting Ground

L.M. Montgomery
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Rick Riordan
“You know how hard it is to feel like an extreme falcon-headed combat machine when somebody calls you "chicken man"?”
Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

J.K. Rowling
“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rick Riordan
“Did someone just call me the wine dude?” he asked in a lazy drawl. “It’s Bacchus, please. Or Mr. Bacchus. Or Lord Bacchus. Or, sometimes, Oh-My-Gods-Please-Don’t-Kill-Me, Lord Bacchus.”
Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Bob Marley
“Bob Marley isn't my name. I don't even know my name yet.”
Bob Marley

William Shakespeare
“What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Christopher Paolini
“You named your sword Fire? Fire? What kind of a boring name is that? You might as well name your sword 'Blazing Blade' and be done with it. Fire indeed. Humph. Wouldn't you rather have a sword called Sheepbiter or Chrysanthemum Cleaver or something else with imagination?”
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

Robert Louis Stevenson
“If he be Mr. Hyde" he had thought, "I shall be Mr. Seek.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

J.K. Rowling
“And this is Nymphadora-"
"Don't call me Nymphadora, Remus," said the young witch with a shudder. "It's Tonks."
"-Nymphadora Tonks, who prefers to be known by her surname only," finished Lupin.
"So would you if your fool of a mother had called you 'Nymphadora,' " muttered Tonks.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

George Carlin
“There are women named Faith, Hope, Joy, and Prudence. Why not Despair, Guilt, Rage, and Grief? It seems only right. 'Tom, I'd like you to meet the girl of my dreams, Tragedy.' These days, Trajedi.”
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Patricia Briggs
“Mercy is not a proper Indian name."..........."Rash Coyote Who Runs With Wolf. We could shorten it to Dinner Woman.”
Patricia Briggs, River Marked

Jerry Spinelli
“Every name is real. That's the nature of names.”
Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Brandon Mull
“Could you just call me Pigeon?” he asked the teacher when she read his name.
“Does your mother call you Pigeon?”
“No.”
“Then to me you are Paul.”
...
“Nathan Sutter,” the teacher read.
“My mother never calls me Nathan.”
“Is it Nate?”
“She calls me Honeylips.”
Brandon Mull, The Candy Shop War

Alan Wilson Watts
“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infintesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”
Alan Wilson Watts

George Carlin
“Do you know why hurricanes have names instead of numbers? To keep the killing personal. No one cares about a bunch of people killed by a number. '200 Dead as Number Three Slams Ashore' is not nearly as interesting a headline as 'Charlie kills 200.' Death is much more satisfying and entertaining if you personalize it.

Me, I'm still waitin' for Hurricane Ed. Old Ed wouldn't hurt ya, would he? Sounds kinda friendly. 'Hell no, we ain't evacuatin'. Ed's comin'!”
George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Jodi Picoult
“Just because you didn't put a name to something did not mean it wasn't there.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care
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أحمد خالد توفيق
“ما قيمة الأسماء عندما لا تختلف عن أي واحد آخر ؟”
أحمد خالد توفيق, يوتوبيا

Jerry Spinelli
“I’m not my name. My name is something I wear, like a shirt. It gets worn. I outgrow it, I change it.”
Jerry Spinelli

Brenna Yovanoff
“Do you really want to know where we come from?" she said. "In every century, in every country, they'll call us something different. They'll say we're ghosts, angels, demons, elemental spirits, and giving us a name doesn't help anybody. When did a name change what someone is?”
Brenna Yovanoff, The Replacement

Winston Churchill
“One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.”
Winston Churchill

Jean-Paul Sartre
“I confused things with their names: that is belief.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Words

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