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

Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

Profession: Anglo-American Poet

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.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

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

Author: Deborah Boliver Boehm


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

Author: John Carpenter (1948)

Profession: American Director, Producer, Screenwriter

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

Author: Pat Day

Profession: American Jockey

Don't call me an icon. I'm just a mother trying to help.

Author: Princess of Wales Diana (1961-1997)

Profession: Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales

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

Author: Dennis Frakes


Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.

Author: Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865)

Profession: Canadian Jurist, Author

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

Author: Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959)

Profession: British Conservative Statesman

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.

Author: Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978)

Profession: American Democratic Politician, Vice President

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.

Author: Derek Jarman (1942)

Profession: British Filmmaker, Artist, Author

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.

Author: Erica Jong (1942)

Profession: American Author

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.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

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.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

Once you label me you negate me.

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer