Naming Quotes

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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

Carmen Maria Machado
“There is a Quichua riddle: El que me nombra, me rompe. Whatever names me, breaks me. The solution, your course, is "silence." But the truth is, anyone who knows your name can break you in two.”
Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House

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

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

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

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

Akwaeke Emezi
“People want to be the ones drawing the lines, building the boxes, making the names. Maybe because stories live inside all those structures, and if you're the one controlling the stories, then you're the one in power. So they get really angry when you name yourself, especially if you're the type of thing they were expecting to name.”
Akwaeke Emezi, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir

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 Birds' Christmas Carol
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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

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

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Avocado must be a magical fruit.
The name itself sounds like an invocation.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

“The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language.”
Donald Knuth

Angela Carter
“Losing their names, these things underwent a process of uncreation and reverted to chaos, existing only to themselves in an unstructured world where they were not formally acknowledged, becoming an ever-widening margin of undifferentiated and nameless matter surrounding the outposts of man, who no longer made himself familiar with these things or rendered the authentic in his experience by the gift of naming.”
Angela Carter, Heroes and Villains

Jesse Ball
“...a name is almost always a sort of cowardice---an attempt to confine a thing to being only what it is, rather than what it may be.”
Jesse Ball, Census

Hrishikesh Agnihotri
“The moment you define yourself, you limit yourself to every other possibility.”
Hrishikesh Agnihotri, Enrich The World With Your Presence : HA's Original Quotes, Volume 02

Candice Carty-Williams
“[W]hen my little girl was born, I put my finger in her tiny hand, and she opened her eyes and squeezed it so tightly. And I looked at her, and I realized that she was more powerful than any delicate princess I'd read about. I'd just given birth to a queen. A girl who would grow up to be strong and brave. So I called her Queenie.”
Candice Carty-Williams, Queenie

Muriel Barbery
“When it comes to the rich, things are very rarely called by their true names”
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A thing named, misnamed, unnamed, or renamed is still itself.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Naming your child Wiseman does not guarantee that he will someday be a wise man … or even just a man.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Sometimes it is, unbeknown to us, the name or the nickname, not the person or the thing, that is unknown to us.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Lucy  Carter
“. Adam never actually got his authority over the animals through naming them! Verse 1:26 of Genesis states, “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings* in our image, to be like ourselves. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on Earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

As shown with the verse above, naming, which includes the naming of the animals and later on the naming of Eve, was not what gave Adam his authority over the animals. God alone gave human beings the authority to “reign over” the animals. Naming did nothing. This exemplifies that naming, indeed, had a negligible impact on a being’s level of authority. God was the only being who created the dichotomy between animals and humanity, in which the former, through God, not through naming, is of a comparatively lower status than the latter”
Lucy Carter, Feminism and Biblical Hermeneutics

Lucy  Carter
“Adam was not applying the action of naming to exert and apply authority over the beings he named; he did it for the purpose of finding a helper. When Adam named Eve, therefore, he was not exerting authority over her, since naming had no impact on Adam’s authority over the animals.”
Lucy Carter, Feminism and Biblical Hermeneutics

Olga Tokarczuk
“The light moved within itself and flared up. A pillar of light tore into the darkness and there it found matter that had been immobile forever. It struck it with full force, until it awoke God in it. Still unconscious, still unsure what He was, God looked around Him, and as He saw no one apart from Himself, He realised that He was God. And unnamed for Himself, incomprehensible to Himself, He felt the desire to know Himself. When He looked closely at Himself for the first time, the Word came forth –it seemed to God that knowing was naming.”
Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times

N.K. Jemisin
“…for to name a thing is to give it order and purpose...”
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Penelope Lively
“I control the world so long as I can name it.”
Penelope Lively

Ann Voskamp
“my heart takes the way of incurvatus in se, this curving in toward self—self-sufficiency, self-protection, self-comfort, self-interest. It’s the bent way of being human: We’re wired for attachment, for dependence on God, but our inclination toward incurvatus in se turns the direction of our dependence towards destructive things, and our attachments go awry. All addiction is an attachment in the wrong direction. Name your pain, name the way you try to make the pain go away, and you name your addiction. Name your default direction. Name the way you turn for comfort—a glass, a screen, a plate, a sweet, a drug, a page, a voice, a click, a hit, a rush, a bottle—go ahead and name what you curve to, to comfort your ache, and you name your Egypt that looks like ease.”
Ann Voskamp, WayMaker: Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

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