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NAMES
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My name and memory I leave to men's charitable speeches, to foreign nations, and to the next are.
      - Francis Bacon

Oh! no! we never mention her,
  Her name is never heard;
    My lips are now forbid to speak
      That once familiar word.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Melodies of Various Nations--Oh! No! We Never Mention Her

A good name is better than precious ointment.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. VII, v. 1)

There be of them that have left a name behind them.
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XLIV, v. 8)

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
      - Bible, Malachi (ch. IV, v. 2)

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
      - Bible, Mark (ch. V, v. 9)

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 1)

I can call nothing by name if that is not his name. I call a cat a cat, and Rollet a rogue.
  [Fr., Je ne puis rien nommer si ce n'est par son nom;
    J'appelle un chat un chat, et Rollet un fripon.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Satires (I, 51)

Named softly as the household name of one whom God had taken.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Call a spade a spade.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritis Junior to the Reader
         (p. 11)

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.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 4)

On, Amos Cottle!--Phoebus! what a name!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 399)

He left a Corsair's name to other times,
  Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Corsair (canto III, st. 24)

Who hath not own'd, with rapture-smitten frame,
  The power of grace, the magic of a name.
      - Thomas Campbell, Pleasures of Hope
         (pt. II, l. 5)

To possess a good cognomen is a long way on the road of success in life.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Ah! replied my gentle fair,
  Beloved, what are names but air?
    Choose thou, whatever suits the line:
      Call me Sappho, call me Chloris,
        Call me Lalage, or Doris,
          Only, only, call me thine.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, What's in a Name

Oh! never breathe a dead one's name,
  When those who lov'd that one are nigh;
    It pours a lava through the frame
      That chokes the breast and fills the eye.
      - Eliza Cook

Some to the fascination of a name,
  Surrender judgment hoodwinked.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 101)

Known by the sobriquet of "The Artful Dodger."
      - Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (ch. 8)

The dodgerest of all the dodgers.
      - Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
         (ch. XIII)

"Brooks of Sheffield": "'Somebody's sharp.' 'Who is?'" asked the gentleman, laughing. I looked up quickly, being curious to know. "Only Brooks of Sheffield," said Mr. Murdstone. I was glad to find it was only Brooks of Sheffield; for at first I really thought that it was I.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. 2)

Called me wessel, Sammy--a wessel of wrath.
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
         (ch. XXII)

He lives who dies to win a lasting name.
      - William Drummond (1), Sonnet (XII)

Above any Greek or Roman name.
      - John Dryden,
        Upon the Death of Lord Hastings (l. 76)

We call a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff.
  [Lat., Ficum vocamus ficum, et scapham scapham.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        Colloquy--Philetymus et Pseudocheus


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