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

 

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Miss: A title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Misses (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. If we must have them, let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to MH.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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You should never name an animal which is not yours to keep, or which you intend to eat.
~ Deborah Boliver Boehm

 

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In England, I'm a horror movie director. In Germany, I'm a filmmaker. In the US, I'm a bum.
~ John Carpenter

 

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I know there's a Derby out there with my name on it.
~ Pat Day

 

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Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help.
~ Princess of Wales Diana

 

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Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
~ Dennis Frakes

 

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

 

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The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you.
~ Edward F. Halifax

 

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In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey

 

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These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word ''queer'' is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer.
~ Derek Jarman

 

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To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary. When we take away the right to an individual name, we symbolically take away the right to be an individual. Immigration officials did this to refugees; husbands routinely do it to wives.
~ Erica Jong

 

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I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.
~ James Joyce

 

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I shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.
~ James Joyce

 

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Once you label me you negate me.
~ Soren Kierkegaard

 

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In its purest sense, nicknaming is an elitist ritual practiced by those who cherish hierarchy. For preppies it's a smoke signal that allows Bunny to tell Pooky that they belong to the same tribe, while among the good old boys it serves the cause of masculine dominance by identifying Bear and Wrecker as Alpha males.
~ Florence King

 

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We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.
~ Milan Kundera

 

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I don't like your miserable lonely single ''front name.'' It is so limited, so meager; it has no versatility; it is weighted down with the sense of responsibility; it is worn threadbare with much use; it is as bad as having only one jacket and one hat; it is like having only one relation, one blood relation, in the world. Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.
~ D. H. Lawrence

 

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To live in mankind is far more than to live in a name.
~ Vachel Lindsay

 

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How could I have been anything else but what I am, having been named Madonna. I would either have ended up a nun or this.
~ Madonna

 

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