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Bill CosbyAlways end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.

—  Bill Cosby, 1937-, American comedian

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

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Romeo and Juliet

TalleyrandAn important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Kurt VonnegutShrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don't you wish you could have something named after you?

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonWe do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

John KeatsHere lies one whose name was writ in water.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

     (Epitaph for himself)

Samuel BeckettIf by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, and not Godot.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Jean CocteauMarlene Dietrich has a name that begins with a caress and ends with a whip hit.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

VoltaireThis agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

Zsa Zsa GaborI call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names.

—  Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1917-2016, Hungarian-American actress

Personal Stories

T. S. EliotMy name is only an anagram of toilets.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Latin Quotes

Latin proverbThe name is an omen.

Nomen est omen.

—  Latin proverb


Funny Quotes

AnonymousThe astronomers must have been very clever to have found out the names of all the stars.

—  Anonymous

     (from the book “The Physics Teacher”, Volume 8, 1970)

Henry YoungmanThis man is frank and earnest with women. In Fresno, he's Frank and in Chicago he's Ernest.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian


Ancient Greek

DiogenesAnd I, as they say, am Diogenes the dog.

Καγώ, φησίν, Διογένης ο κύων.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

     (introducing himself to Alexander the Great)

HomerNobody is my name.

Ούτις εμοί γ' όνομα.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey IX

Movie Quotes

Shanghai Express (1932)It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.

—  from the film Shanghai Express (1932)

Airplane! (1980)- Surely you can't be serious.
- I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.

—  from the film Airplane! (1980)

Dr. No (1962)My name is Bond, James Bond.

—  from the film Dr. No (1962)

Goldfinger (1964)- My name is Pussy Galore.
- I must be dreaming.

—  from the film Goldfinger (1964)


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