Naming Quotes

Quotes tagged as "naming" (showing 1-30 of 40)
Patrick Rothfuss
“Elodin pointed down the street. "What color is that boy's shirt?"


"What do you mean by blue? Describe it."

I struggled for a moment, failed. "So blue is a name?"

"It is a word. Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man's will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself."

My head was swimming by this point. "I still don't understand."

He laid a hand on my shoulder. "Using words to talk of words is like using a pencil to draw a picture of itself, on itself. Impossible. Confusing. Frustrating." He lifted his hands high above his head as if stretching for the sky. "But there are other ways to understanding!" he shouted, laughing like a child. He threw both arms to the cloudless arch of sky above us, still laughing. "Look!" he shouted tilting his head back. "Blue! Blue! Blue!”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Vera Nazarian
“Most of us have nicknames—annoying, endearing, embarrassing.

But what about your true name?

It is not necessarily your given name. But it is the one to which you are most eager to respond when called.

Ever wonder why?

Your true name has the secret power to call you.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Elizabeth Haydon
“Hello, Lucy. Do you name all your weapons, Grunthor?”

“O’ course. It’s tradition.”

Rhapsody nodded, understanding coming into her eyes. “That makes perfect sense. Do you find that you fight better with a weapon you’ve named?”


Her eyes began to sparkle with excitement. “Why, Grunthor, in a way, you’re a Namer, too!”

The giant broke into a pleased grin. “Well, whaddaya know. Should Oi sing a lit’le song?”

“No,” said Rhapsody and Achmed in unison.”
Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody: Child of Blood

Terry Tempest Williams
“I speculate over some of the Anglo nomenclature of birds: Wilson's snipe, Forster's tern . . . : What natural images do these names conjure up in our minds? What integrity do we give back to the birds with our labels.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Pieces of White Shell

Isobelle Carmody
“What's your name?'
'Names!' she sniffed, rolling her eyes. 'People always want names, don't they? They're mad about naming. I will let the moment name me.' she eyed Jack expectantly.
'You want me to name you?' he asked.
'People from the other side are very dull,' she sighed.
'Give yourself a name for me. I don't need naming for myself, do I?”
Isobelle Carmody, Greylands

John Crowley
“They called him John Storm: John after his grandfather, but Storm after his father and his mother.”
John Crowley, Little, Big

Jesse Ball
“The action of a thing is the same as the naming of it - is, in fact, the real name. The trees creak and they are saying, 'trees creak through the long night.' The long night - what is it? Trees creaking. There wasn't anything that tied life's moments together, except life. And when it was gone?”
Jesse Ball, The Curfew

Lauretta Ngcobo
“From the day whe arrived at her husband's home, no one called her by her name.”
Lauretta Ngcobo, And They Didn't Die

John Fowles
“I hate people who collect things and classify things and give them names and then forget all about them. That’s what people are always doing in art. They call a painter an impressionist or a cubist or something and then they put him in a drawer and don’t see him as a living individual painter any more.”
John Fowles, The Collector

Kate Douglas Wiggin
“To let blessed babies go dangling and dawdling without names, for months and months, was enough to ruin them for life.”
Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Bird's Christmas Carol
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Mary Daly
“The method that is required is not one of correlation but of liberation. Even the term “method” must be reinterpreted and in fact wrenched out of its usual semantic field, for the emerging creativity in women is by no means a merely cerebral process. In order to understand the implications of this process it is necessary to grasp the fundamental fact that women have had the power of naming stolen from us. We have not been free to use our power to name ourselves, the world or God. The old naming was not the product of dialogue- a fact inadvertently admitted in the genesis story of Adam’s naming the animals and the women. Women are now realizing that the universal imposing of names by men has been false because partial. That is, inadequate words have been taken as adequate.”
Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation

Eve Ensler
“I have always been obsessed with naming things. If I could name them, I could tame them. They could be my friends.”
Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

Seanan McGuire
“I'm Jack, short for Jacqueline [...] This is Jill, short for Jillian, because our parents should never have been allowed to name their own children.”
Seanan McGuire, Every Heart a Doorway

Kirsty Murray
“We're OConchobhairs and they're our friends. Dad always said that what our name means - friend of the wolves.”
Kirsty Murray, Bridie's Fire

Anne   Hamilton
“If this interpretation of nashamah by the rabbis is right ... then it is naming that creates soul.”
Anne Hamilton, God's Panoply: The Armour of God and the Kiss of Heaven

“In one extreme case, WMATA planner William Herman complained that the system's main transfer station was badly named. He argued that '12th and G' was both confusing (several entrances would be on other streets) and too undistinguished for so important a station. Ever reasonable, Graham agreed to let Herman choose a better name. 'I'll let you know,' responded a relieved Herman. 'No,' Graham explained, 'I'll give you twenty seconds.' Stunned, Herman blurted out the first words that came into his head: 'Metro Center.' 'Fine, that's it, go on to the next one,' replied the general. And they did.”
Zachary M. Schrag, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro

Michael Montoure
“Why do you have to ruin everything?' he asked. 'Why do you have to name everything? Decide what's real and what's - why can't you just enjoy things? What's wrong with you?”
Michael Montoure, Slices

Sarah Weeks
“Being a humble person, she gave her pie shop a humble name—PIE.”
Sarah Weeks, Pie

Sheri Holman
“[N]ames were what you wore forever, and she felt that she'd sent her daughters out in tacky rabbit fur coats when they should have been wrapped in mink.”
Sheri Holman, The Mammoth Cheese

Bill Maher
“New Rule: Don't name your kid after a ballpark. Cubs fans Paul and Teri Fields have named their newborn son Wrigley. Wrigley Fields. A child is supposed to be an independent individual, not a means of touting your own personal hobbies. At least that's what I've always taught my kids, Panama Red and Jacuzzi.”
Bill Maher, The New New Rules: A Funny Look At How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

Clarice Lispector
“I'm not a synonym—I'm a proper noun.”
Clarice Lispector, The Stream of Life

Kamel Daoud
“C'est important de donner un nom à un mort, autant qu'à un nouveau-né.”
Kamel Daoud

Marie Darrieussecq
“Les femmes n'ont pas de nom. Elles ont un prénom. Leur nom est un prêt transitoire, un signe instable, leur éphémère. Elles trouvent d'autres repères. Leur affirmation au monde, leur "être là", leur création, leur signature, en sont déterminés. Elles s'inventent dans un monde d'hommes, par effraction.”
Marie Darrieussecq, Être ici est une splendeur. Vie de Paula M. Becker

Ben Marcus
“The American Naming Authority, a collective of women studying the effects of names on behavior, decrees that a name should only have one user. The nearly 1 million American users of the name Mary, for example, do not constitute a unified army who might slaughter all users of the name Nancy, as was earlier supposed, but rather a saturation of the Mary Potential Quotient. Simply stated: Too many women with the same name produces widespread mediocrity and fatigue.”
Ben Marcus, Notable American Women

Sasha Martin
“A name alone cannot keep a heritage alive.”
Sasha Martin, Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

“Instead of one-way interruption, Web marketing is about delivering useful content at just the precise moment that a buyer needs it.

Search, a marketing method that didn't exist a decade ago, provides the most efficient and inexpensive way for businesses to find leads.”
David Honegger

Lynne Tillman
“Before 1802, cirrus, cumulus, and altostratus clouds hadn’t been given names. Untitled before 1802, the shapes were present in the sky, ethereal or ephemeral, presumably since the big bang, but un-designated, until they needed to be. Why then?
The world hasn’t been fully seen, until it is named.”
Lynne Tillman, Men and Apparitions

Elaine Castillo
“What Hero loved most wasn’t the cadre names people chose, but the word kasama itself: kasama, pakikisama. In Ilocano, the closest word was kadwa. Kadwa, makikadwa. Companion, but that English word didn’t quite capture its force. Kasama was more like the glowing, capacious form of the word with: with as verb, noun, adjective, and adverb, with as a way of life. A world of with-ing.”
Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart

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