- Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.
A Certain World (1970) ‘Names, Proper’ 1907–73 English poet:
- I have fallen in love with American names,
The sharp, gaunt names that never get fat,
The snakeskin-titles of mining-claims,
The plumed war-bonnet of Medicine Hat,
Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
1898–1943 American poet and novelist: ‘American Names’ (1927)
- With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.
Through the Looking-Glass (1872) ch. 6 1832–98 English writer and logician:
- Dear 338171 (May I call you 338?). 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer: letter to T. E. Lawrence, 25 August 1930
- The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have three different names.
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) ‘The Naming of Cats’ 1888–1965 American-born British poet, critic, and dramatist:
- Every Tom, Dick and Harry is called Arthur.
to Arthur Hornblow, who was planning to name his son Arthur
The Goldwyn Touch (1986) 1882–1974 American film producer: Michael Freedland
- A self-made man may prefer a self-made name.
on Samuel Goldfish changing his name to Samuel Goldwyn
Lion's Share (1957) 1872–1961 American judge: Bosley Crowther
- A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
Sketches and Essays (1839) ‘Nicknames’ 1778–1830 English essayist:
- If you should have a boy do not christen him John…'Tis a bad name and goes against a man. If my name had been Edmund I should have been more fortunate. 1795–1821 English poet: letter to his sister-in-law, 13 January 1820
- The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.
Understanding Media (1964) 1911–80 Canadian communications scholar:
- No, I'm breaking it in for a friend.
when asked if Groucho were his real name 1890–1977 American film comedian: attributed
- What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet (1595) act 2, sc. 2, l. 43 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.); some editions prefer ‘By any other word’ and act 2, sc. 1 1564–1616 English dramatist: