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A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.

Chinese proverb

Once you label me you negate me.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

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 (1929-?) Czech writer.

Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.


Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.

English proverb

It is a sad truth, but we have lost the faculty of giving lovely names to things. Names are everything. I never quarrel with actions. My one quarrel is with words. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Better to see the face than to hear the name.

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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 (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.