This is a line from The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (who I think looks a lot like Stephen Fry but that’s neither here nor there). The idea behind this quote has been in my head influencing my thoughts for a few months now and I can’t complain. We hear someone called by a label and throw all of the baggage, good or bad, associated with that label onto that person–they don’t get a chance to make their own impression first. Major bummer. Same goes with objects: “this here is a strike-on-box match” Well great, now I feel weird for using it to scratch my ear.
At the same time, from an engineering standpoint, to limit something by defining it can be great. Step 1 is always to define your problem. A whole mess of data can become so simple when you know what you need to do with it.