Go back; the virtue of your name
Is not here passable. [ William Shakespeare ]
O name forever sad, forever dear! [ Pope ]
He lives who dies to win a lasting name. [ Drummond ]
Oh! never breathe a dead one's name,
When those who loved that one are nigh;
It pours a lava through the frame
That chokes the breast and fills the eye. [ Eliza Cook ]
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is. [ William Shakespeare ]
Ill wounds may be cured, but not ill names. [ Proverb ]
He left a name at which the world grew pale.
To point a moral, or adorn a tale. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Then shall our names
Familiar in his mouth as household words.
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. [ William Shakespeare ]
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy, -
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is not hand, nor foot.
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose.
By any other name would smell as sweet. [ William Shakespeare ]
If parts allure thee, think how Bacon shined,
The wisest, brightest, meanest of mankind;
Or, ravished with the whistling of a name,
See Cromwell, damned to everlasting fame! [ Pope ]
Mother is one of the sweetest names on earth. [ A. Ritchie ]
Certain names always awake certain prejudices. [ Joseph Roux ]
Who swerves from innocence, who makes divorce
Of that serene companion - a good name.
Recovers not his loss; but walks with shame,
With doubt, with fear, and haply with remorse. [ Wordsworth ]
Who hath not owned, with rapture-smitten frame.
The power of grace, the magic of a name. [ Campbell ]
I have a passion for the name of Mary,
For once it was a magic sound to me,
And still it half calls up the realms of fairy.
Where I beheld what never was to be. [ Byron ]
May see thee now, though late, redeem thy name.
And glorify what else is damned to fame. [ Richard Savage ]
Brutus and Caesar: what should be in Caesar?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with them,
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar.
Now in the names of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,
That he is grown so great? [ William Shakespeare ]
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print;
A book's a book, although there's nothing in it. [ Byron ]
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. [ Bible ]
Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls;
Who steals my purse steals trash;
'Tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name,
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed. [ William Shakespeare ]
A great name without merit is like an epitaph on a coffin. [ Mme. de Puisieux ]
Call me pet names, dearest! Call me thy bird.
That flies to thy breast at one cherishing word,
That folds its wild wings there, ne'er dreaming of flight.
That tenderly sings there in loving delight!
Oh! my sad heart keeps pining for one fond word,
Call me pet names, dearest! Call me thy bird! [ Mrs. Osgood ]
Virtue and happiness are but two names for the same thing. [ Proverb ]
Named softly as the household name of one whom God had taken. [ Mrs. Browning ]
One of the few, the immortal names, that were not born to die. [ Halleck ]
Some to the fascination of a name surrender judgment hoodwinked. [ Cowper ]
Good name in man and woman is the immediate jewel of their souls. [ William Shakespeare ]
Names alone mock destruction; they survive the doom of all creation. [ H. Trevanion ]
From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honours. [ Proverb ]
A person with a bad name is already half hanged, saith the old proverb. [ Whipple ]
To possess a good cognomen is a long way on the road of success in life. [ Chamfort ]
The pyramids, doting with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. [ Fuller ]
I would thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought. [ William Shakespeare ]
I do beseech you - chiefly that I may set it in my prayers - what is your name? [ William Shakespeare ]
Great names degrade instead of elevating those who know not how to sustain them. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
The government will take the fairest of names, but the worst of realities - mob rule. [ Polybius ]
Happiness and misery are the names of two extremes, the utmost bounds whereof we know not. [ Locke ]
My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next age. [ Bacon ]
Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]
Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonyme for the Devil. [ Macaulay ]
Some men do as much begrudge others a good name, as they want one themselves; and perhaps that is the reason of it. [ William Penn ]
Great names stand not alone for great deeds; they stand also for great virtues, and, doing them worship, we elevate ourselves. [ H. Giles ]
Fate with impartial hand turns out the doom of high and low: her capacious urn is constantly shaking the names of all mankind. [ Horace ]
A name is a kind of face whereby one is known; wherefore taking a false name is a kind of visard whereby men disguise themselves. [ Thomas Fuller ]
Imagine for a moment Napoleon I. to have borne the name of Jenkins, or Washington to have sustained the appellation of John Smith! [ Artemus Ward ]
In honest truth, a name given to a man is no better than a skin given to him; what is not natively his own falls off and comes to nothing. [ Landor ]
The generality of men are wholly governed by names in matters of good and evil, so far as the qualities relate to and affect the actions of men. [ South ]
In ancient days the Pythagoreans were used to change names with each other, - fancying that each would share the virtues they admired in the other. [ Thoreau ]
Make Hamilton Bamilton, make Douglas Puglas, make Percy Bercy, and Stanley Tanley, and where would be the long-resounding march and energy divine of the roll-call of the peerage? [ G. A. Sala ]
Can we wonder that men perish and are forgotten, when their noblest and most enduring works decay? Death comes even to monumental structures, and oblivion rests on the most illustrious names. [ Ausonius ]
Out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books, and the like, we do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time. [ Bacon ]
It is quite as easy to give our children musical and pleasing names as those that are harsh and difficult; and it will be found by the owners, when they have grown to knowledge, that there is much in a name. [ Locke ]
Time has a doomsday book, upon whose pages he is continually recording illustrious names. But as often as a new name is written there, an old one disappears. Only a few stand in illuminated characters never to be effaced. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity, who drink of that flood of glory as of a river, and refresh our wings in it for future flight. [ Hazlitt ]
He that has complex ideas, without particular names for them, would be in no better case than a book-seller who had volumes that lay unbound and without titles, which he could make known to others only by showing the loose sheets. [ Locke ]
He that is ambitious for his son, should give him untried names, For those have served other men, haply may injure by their evils; Or otherwise may hinder by their glories; therefore set him by himself. To win for his individual name some clear praise. [ Tupper ]
A man's name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself. [ Goethe ]
The names of great painters are like passing-bells: in the name of Velasquez you hear sounded the fall of Spain; in the name of Titian, that of Venice; in the name of Leonardo, that of Milan; in the name of Raphael, that of Rome. And there is profound justice in this, for in proportion to the nobleness of the power is the guilt of its use for purposes vain or vile; and hitherto the greater the art, the more surely has it been used, and used solely, for the decoration of pride or the provoking of sensuality. [ Ruskin ]