Names Quotes

‘It can’t be anybody else!’ she said to herself. ‘ I’m as certain of it, as if his name were written all over his face.’

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

The other day I was at a Barbie about 40 degrees Celsius in the shade, and I saw a bit of a Casanova mesmerizing a Marxist. Unluckily the post-Keynesian Maoist had Victorian values, and had also Mama Cassed herself with some Earl Grey tea and a pasteurized pavlova sandwich, and was in need of the […]

A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.

How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!

I make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone’s been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practice – somewhat contrived, I admit – to write the man’s name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my […]

I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.