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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.

Author: Florence King (1936)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

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.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Vachel Lindsay (1878-1931)

Profession: American Poet

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.

Author: Madonna (1958)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Actress,

I sometimes think I was born to live up to my name. How could I be anything else but what I am having been named Madonna? I would either have ended up a nun or this.

Author: Madonna (1958)

Profession: American Musician, Singer, Actress,

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.

Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)

Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist

I came to live in a country I love; some people label me a defector. I have loved men and women in my life; I've been labeled ''the bisexual defector'' in print. Want to know another secret? I'm even ambidextrous. I don't like labels. Just call me Martina.

Author: Martina Navratilova (1956)

Profession: American Tennis Player

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

Author: Chinese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Chinese Origin

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

Author: English Proverb

Profession: Sayings of British Origin

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.

Author: Salman Rushdie (1948)

Profession: Indian-born British Author

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

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.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

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

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Better to see the face than to hear the name.

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