Naming quotes:

  • Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives. -- Richard Eyre
  • Naming rights are a seductive philanthropic inducement, yet more anonymous operational support may better advance the charitable purpose. -- George Kaiser
  • Naming is a privilege of reason and the province of bullies. We name to tame and to maim; to honor the great, the dead, and ourselves. -- Jane Leavy
  • Naming is nice. It took me days before I was able to speak a name for my first child (what if people did not like it?), and I suspect we gave her a secret, second name as well, to keep her safe. -- Anne Enright
  • Naming nature doesn't tame nature. -- Cameron Conaway
  • Naming can limit as well as empower. -- Loraine Hutchins
  • Naming my favorite books feels like naming a favorite child - impossible. -- Libba Bray
  • Naming an emotion begins the process of regulating it and reflecting on it. -- Sue Johnson
  • Can you look at a situation without naming it? Naming it, making it a word, causes fear. -- Bruce Lee
  • Naming can satisfy a need, it can shorten a conversation that otherwise might go on for hours. -- Nihad Sirees
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  • Naming one thing after another cannot, logically, increase the chances of the new thing turning out like the old thing. -- Ned Beauman
  • Do not enforce the tired wolf Dragging his infected wound homeward To sit tonight with the warm children Naming the pretty kings of France. -- John Crowe Ransom
  • Naming our murder weapons after victims of our crimes: Apache, Tomahawk... It's as if the Luftwaffe were to call its fighter planes 'Jew' and 'Gypsy.' -- Noam Chomsky
  • Naming celestial objects is usually done by astronomers and professionals. Other people who are interested in space never get the opportunity to do that kind of thing. -- Alan Stern
  • Naming a transition team varies with the intentions of the candidate; some candidates have been careful to name a transition team as much as a year in advance. -- Richard V. Allen
  • There are many lessons to learn. Naming just one is next to impossible. However, learning to love and be loved is a good starting point. It will encompass much. -- Faith Hill
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  • Naming a fairy is notoriously difficult, because they don't particularly like to be named. There are so many of them, and humans have always wanted to categorize them. In that way, we think we can have more control over them. -- Brian Froud
  • Women have had the power of naming stolen from us. -- Mary Daly
  • The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing. -- Pierre Bonnard
  • For me, naming bands was the forerunner to really writing lyrics, because I work off titles. -- Jim Capaldi
  • But the worst handicap we had the prohibition of naming individual units who had done the fighting. -- Philip Gibbs
  • I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our ability to see as we age. -- Chris Ware
  • Although I am deeply grateful to a great many people, I forgo the temptation of naming them for fear that I might slight any by omission. -- Theodore Bikel
  • I try to catch flies in cups and put them outside. After I wrote 'The Underland Chronicles'... well, once you start naming cockroaches, you lose your edge. -- Suzanne Collins
  • Someone asked me the other day, 'What's the biggest influence on your filmmaking career?' And they started naming filmmakers. I went 'Naw, it's Jesus actually.' -- Tom Shadyac
  • Music is more difficult - try naming a political band. The Dead Kennedys. The Dead Kennedys are political, but they are more funny than they are political. -- Thom Yorke
  • When I define polarities in my work, I actually create the space between things. I point to the question I am actually interested in, without naming it. -- Alva Noto
  • After all these years I had the privilege of naming my private part, cause we have nicknames. So I named my private part pride... it's not much but at least I have my pride. -- Jay London
  • I never felt that the naming issue was all that important, but I was obviously wrong, judging by how many people felt. I tell people to call it just plain Linux and nothing more. -- Linus Torvalds
  • We, like the people of Israel, would like to think we get to name God. By naming God, we hope to get the kind of god we need; that is, a god after our own likeness. -- Stanley Hauerwas
  • I worshipped Ethel Merman and I worshipped Ethel Merman a lot. It's incredible - Ethel Merman was a conventional singer. Her naming her child Ethel Merman, Jr., was, to me, one of the coolest feminist things. -- Beth Ditto
  • It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important. -- Ian Mcewan
  • The sight of the first woman in the minimal two-piece was as explosive as the detonation of the atomic bomb by the U.S. at Bikini Island in the Marshall Isles, hence the naming of the bikini. -- Tom Waits
  • I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision... is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive. -- Barbara Deming
  • I dread naming pieces of music because being instrumental, most of the time the songs that I write are instrumental, I want the listener to make up their own story as to what it is and get the emotion pure without using logic. -- Yanni
  • Several amendments should be made to the primary and general election laws to improve them, but such changes must in no way interfere with a full and free expression of the people's choice in naming the candidates to be voted on at general elections. -- Arthur Capper
  • I actually really suck at naming books, so lots of years ago, readers were sending in their ideas for titles, and what we realized is that they were smarter than us. So we thought, Hey, go for it. So now we have a contest every year. -- Janet Evanovich
  • The core of human rights work is naming and shaming those who commit abuses, and pressuring governments to put the screws to abusing states. As a result, human rights conventions are unique among international law instruments in depending for their enforcement mostly on the activism of a global civil society movement. -- Michael Ignatieff
  • More attention and thought goes into naming a character in 'Call Of Duty' than all the work that can go into certain movies. Blood and sweat and tears go into figuring out the names because they are so important. The call signs say a lot about you. The brotherhood that's evoked by the name is quite profound. -- Stephen Gaghan
  • I like naming characters. -- Roddy Doyle
  • This isn't like naming your dog Spot. -- Moby
  • The naming of cats is a difficult matter -- T. S. Eliot
  • I was thinking about naming my child Kanye. -- ASAP Rocky
  • Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Why does naming a thing give it so much power? -- Ellen Sussman
  • From antiquity, people have recognized the connection between naming and power. -- Casey Miller
  • Atticus said naming people after Confederate generals made slow steady drinkers. -- Harper Lee
  • The act of naming is the great and solemn consolation of mankind -- Elias Canetti
  • I collect words and phrases for naming the children of my brush. -- Gene Black
  • I don't know if the police of naming statements would agree with this. -- Roman Abramovich
  • Consciousness of exclusion through naming is acute. Identities seem contradictory, partial, and strategic. -- Donna J. Haraway
  • In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence. -- Adrienne Rich
  • Without naming names, I think other movies look more realistic but they feel less real. -- Brad Bird
  • The lack of imagination or invention most people display in naming pussies is almost beyond credence. -- Carl Van Vechten
  • Don't underestimate the value of beginning a headline by naming the people you want to reach. -- John Caples
  • We are still in the infancy of naming what is really happening on software development projects. -- Alistair Cockburn
  • With me it was that defending the Communist Party was something worse than naming the names. -- Edward Dmytryk
  • In naming that which is right before me, that which I'd otherwise miss, the invisible becomes visible. -- Ann Voskamp
  • Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles. -- Maltbie Davenport Babcock
  • When they were naming the animals, somebody got lazy: anteater? What's it doing? It's eating ants. DONE! -- Demetri Martin
  • Julius Caesar's wife, who said to Julius, We are not naming our son Sid! Never got a dinner! -- Red Buttons
  • Once you get to naming your laptop, you know that you're really having a deep relationship with it. -- Cory Doctorow
  • Yep, Gin and Brandi. Call me crazy, but naming your daughters after alcoholic beverages is just asking for trouble. -- Kelley Armstrong
  • Woody Allen movies are like Beatles songs. I can't name my favorite without you immediately naming a better one. -- Colin Trevorrow
  • Some ways of naming a generation are fruitful and some are not. Postmodernism is not. It doesn't really say anything. -- Robert Coover
  • If the cost of naming the enemy is diplomatically or politically unacceptable, then the war is not likely to go well. -- George Friedman
  • Many of my books have begun with the title, because naming a work already in progress makes no sense to me. -- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
  • I can think of few things more painful than naming four good things about yourself in front of a room of journalists! -- Anne Hathaway
  • I never went after character payments. I'm pretty much terrible at naming characters, so I usually name them after people I know. -- Billy Lawrence
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  • Making Saudi Arabia a world judge on women's rights and religious freedom would be like naming a pyromaniac as the town fire chief. -- Hillel Neuer
  • My parents were inspired by Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas when naming me. They specifically saved this masculine name for their only girl. -- Dylan Lauren
  • My darling, you are indisposed! You must remain abed for the next eight months. Little Buford - ""I am NOT naming our child Buford... -- Cassandra Clare
  • My darling, you are indisposed! You must remain abed for the next eight months. Little Buford - ""I am NOT naming our child Buford..." -- Cassandra Clare
  • The problem with naming a No. 2 is you really want to throw all your weight behind the guy who is going to be the leader. -- Charlie Bell
  • And once you say this is true, you start naming the beast that hurts you - so I started doing this. Other truths come out. -- Terry Gross
  • When repeated difficulties do arise, our first spiritual approach is to acknowledge what is present, naming, softly saying 'sadness, sadness', or 'remembering, remembering', or whatever. -- Jack Kornfield
  • Weapons are kept from women, but such a naming suggests that perhaps men fear our talents in war as well as our desire for peace. -- Alice Hoffman
  • There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception. -- Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Without explaining why, and, most of all, without naming other authors or books, I can only say my novels are influenced by love and death. -- Alice McDermott
  • I want to get a job naming kitchen appliances. That seems easy; refrigerator, toaster, blender. You just say what the thing does and add "er". -- Mitch Hedberg
  • We thought there was also something that was humorous but at the same time powerful and deep about naming the album, 'Modern Vampires Of The City'. -- Rostam Batmanglij
  • I'm thinking about naming my first son Emmy so I can say I've got one. I want Emmy, Oscar and Tony - and my daughter Grammy. -- Noah Wyle
  • You must never name the goal. You must never tell us the target you're hitting for. You must automatically go toward it without ever naming it. -- Ray Bradbury
  • I think white artists have a responsibility to be not only naming white supremacy, but to be using their power and privilege to support artists of color. -- Vivek Shraya
  • Women have had the power of naming stolen from us. We have not been free to use our own power to name ourselves, the world, or God. -- Mary Daly
  • I don't move. I wait behind my log, terrified. Over the past ten minutes, it's become such a dear friend, I consider naming it: Howard, my pet log. -- Rick Yancey
  • The truth of no truths becomes, inevitably, truth: a way of naming being, language, and culture that guards the boundaries of thought against claims it has not validated. -- David Bentley
  • One knows one's madnesses, by and large. By and large the knowledge is vacuous. The notion of naming the beast to conquer it is the idiot optimism of psychotherapy. -- Glen Duncan
  • If it is in speaking their word that people, by naming the world, transform it, dialogue imposes itself as the way by which they achieve significance as human beings. -- Paulo Freire
  • Well, I refer to 'Celebrity Jeopardy ' as the short-bus 'Jeopardy,' because it is a lot easier. Like, there was a whole column basically naming stores in New York. -- Andy Richter
  • To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning, We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day, To-day we have naming of parts. -- Henry Reed
  • I am always cautious about naming the known, as we often forget to hold in regard those whose names will never be known to anyone outside of their close circle. -- Joan Halifax
  • Western science is a product of the Apollonian mind: its hope is that by naming and classification, by the cold light of intellect, archaic night can be pushed back and defeated. -- Camille Paglia
  • I think that when you pay tribute and are citing, not only through naming the authors but also through the acknowledgement of the form, that you are in no way plagiarizing. -- Simone Muench
  • No production, no prosperity! Every "product and service" is someone's brain child... Ask yourself, when is my "naming ceremony" going to come on?. Begin producing something today and make a difference! -- Israelmore Ayivor
  • Once you have courage to look upon evil, seeing it for what it is and naming it by its true name, it is powerless against you, and you can destroy it. -- Lloyd Alexander
  • The 'Chronicles of Narnia' have been favourites of mine since my childhood when I misread 'Aslan' as 'Alsatian' and was struck by the genius of naming a lion after a dog! -- Chris Riddell
  • The NSA should keep close watch on suspected terrorists to keep our country safe - through programs permitting due process, the naming of a suspect, and oversight by an accountable court. -- Rand Paul
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  • For Mallarmé naming an object meant suppressing three-quarters of its poetic pleasure (which consists in the joy of guessing bit by bit - "le suggérer, voilà le rêve!"). -- Umberto Eco
  • Trolls have 5,400 words for rocks and one for vegetation. Oograah means everything from moss to giant redwoods. The way trolls see it, if you can't eat it, it's not worth naming it. -- Terry Pratchett
  • Some day there will have to be some new rules established about name-calling. I don't mean the routine cursing that goes on between husband and wife, but the naming of defenseless, unsuspecting babies. -- Groucho Marx
  • None of us kids had a middle name. We were lucky we had any name at all. By the time my mother got around to naming one, there was another on the way. -- George Burns
  • Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. -- Adrienne Rich
  • Over the last 2,000 years, 10,000 saints have been named, among them, 78 popes. At the time of his death, Pope John Paul II had the distinction of naming 482 saints, more than all of his predecessors combined. -- Chris Matthews
  • I am not indifferent to the appreciation of kind people. [The voters were] extremely kind in naming me the world's top public intellectual, a title to which I can never see myself as entitled. -- Fethullah Gulen
  • I did a load of medicine cabinets a long time ago and I named them after Sex Pistols songs. I suppose I must be getting old if I'm naming work after Philip Larkin poems. -- Damien Hirst
  • An act of naming should quite rightly enable me to call any-thing a self-portrait, not only any drawing, 'portrait' or not, but everything that happens to me, that I can affect, or that affects me. -- Jacques Derrida
  • My parents got carried away with the letter P when they were naming the kids in our family. There's me, Paula, my sisters Peggy and Patty, and my brother Pjimmy, spelled with a silent P. -- Paula Poundstone
  • I don't have any children, but if I had a baby, I would have to name it, so I would get a baby-naming book. Or I would invite somebody over who had a cast on. -- Mitch Hedberg