Name Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes about names. Many of these you can also find on the Namely Marly Facebook Fan Page as well.

I am very attuned to names so I find these quotes in books, movies, and just being out and about. However, I also some have some favorite resources for name quotes listed at the bottom of this page. Marly

Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith.  — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Words have meaning and names have power. — Author Unknown

Proper names are poetry in the raw.  Like all poetry they are untranslatable. — W.H. Auden

I hate American simplicity. I glory in the piling up of complications of every sort. If I could pronounce the name James in any different or more elaborate way I should be in favor of doing it. — Henry James

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

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose  by any other name would smell as sweet.
— William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I am a quick study – I can memorize a script in an hour – but I can’t remember a name three seconds. I’ve even forgotten my wife’s name on occasion. — Don Adams

You’re not a star until they can spell your name in Karachi. — Humphrey Bogart

When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn’t know it had a name. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive. — Thomas C. Haliburton

I’d be stupid not to take into consideration that there are certain things people will not consider me for because my name is Lopez. And I know I can do any kind of role. I don’t want anybody to say, Oh, she can’t pull this off. So those are barriers that you have to overcome. — Jennifer Lopez

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.— Charles M. Schulz

Jim Bakker spells his name with two k’s because three would be too obvious. — Bill Maher

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry. — Bill Cosby

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

“I can handle this. ‘Handle’ is my middle name. Actually, ‘handle’ is the middle of my first name.” — Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Friends

Names are an important key to what a society values.  Anthropologists recognize naming as ‘one of the chief methods for imposing order on perception.’ — David S. Slawson

Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can’t quite name. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable. — Leonard Bernstein

Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.  ~Japanese Proverb

Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of the last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up. — George Clooney

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration. — Charles Dickens

How vain, without the merit, is the name. — Homer

Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name. — Rabindranath Tagore

Name is a fence and within it you are nameless. — Samuli Paronen

A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. — Salman Rushdie

From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honors. — Proverb

If I did have a tumor, I would name it Marla. Marla, the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you would stop tonguing it, but you can’t.” — Narrator from the movie, Fight Club

It is to be observed that ‘angling’ is the name given to fishing by people who can’t fish. — Stephen Leacock

Of all eloquence a nickname is the most concise; of all arguments the most unanswerable. — William Hazlitt

I don’t remember anybody’s name. How do you think the “dahling” thing got started? — Zsa Zsa Gabor

Women have had the power of naming stolen from us. — Mary Daly

The devil’s name is dullness. — Robert E. Lee

A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man. — Author unknown, quoted by William Hazlitt

People’s fates are simplified by their names. — Elias Canetti

Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth’s marvels, beneath the dust of habit. — Salman Rushdie

The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically guarantee hit records.   — Richard Branson

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

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.  — Victor Hugo

You have but to know an object by its proper name for it to lose its dangerous magic. — Elias Canetti

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.   — Aldous Huxley

I have fallen in love with American names, the sharp, gaunt names that never get fat. — Stephen Vincent Benet

Favorite Name Quote Resources:

The Quote Garden

Brainy Quote