C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Hoary whiskers and a forky beard.


  • Our courteous Antony,
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  • Being barber’d ten times o’er, goes to the feast.
  • Shakespeare.

    I must to the barber’s;***for methinks I am marvelous hairy about the face.


  • And his chin new reap’d,
  • Show’d like a stubble-land at harvest-home.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Ere on thy chin the springing beard began
  • To spread a doubtful down, and promise man.
  • Prior.

  • But he shaved with a shell when he chose,
  • ’Twas the manner of primitive man.
  • Andrew Lang.

    What a beard hast thou got! thou hast got more hair on thy chin than Dobbin my fill-horse has on his tail.


  • Thy boist’rous locks, no worthy match
  • For valor to assail, nor by the sword,
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  • But by the barber’s razor best subdued.
  • Milton.

    Of a thousand shavers, two do not shave so much alike as not to be distinguished.

    Samuel Johnson.

    The first (barbers) that entered Italy came out of Sicily and it was in the 454 yeare after the foundation of Rome. Brought in they were by P. Ticinius Mena as Varra doth report for before that time they never cut their hair. The first that was shaven every day was Scipio Africanus, and after him cometh Augustus the Emperor who evermore used the rasor.