Quotations About / On: HAIR

  • 31.
    The right moment wears a full head of hair: when it has been missed, you can't get it back; it's bald in the back of the head and never turns around.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ponocrates, in Gargantua, ch. 37, p. 103, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 32.
    You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.
    (Billie Holiday (1915-1959), U.S. blues singer, and William Dufty. Lady Sings the Blues, ch. 11 (1956, rev. 1975).)
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  • 33.
    I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Letter, April 24, 1852, to Louise Colet, trans. by Stratton Buck (1966). Correspondance, II, p. 395, Conard (1926-1933).)
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  • 34.
    That ain't snow, Mike. That's angel hair. We done died and gone to heaven.
    (Charles Beaumont (1930-1967), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Bernds. Lt. Turner (Patrick Waltz), Queen of Outer Space, looking at the landscape from their crash site (1958). From a story by Ben Hecht (1893-1964); real name Charles Nutt.)
  • 35.
    She also knew old slave songs and I wondered why, when she hummed them, grandmother braided my hair even more softly, as if her fingers became liquid with pity.
    (Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 52, Éditions du Seuil (1972).)
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  • 36.
    Old married people look so much alike that they have the same number of hairs in their ears.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Helicon in Caligula, act 4, sc. 6, Pléiade (1962).)
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  • 37.
    Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 38.
    A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair's breadth.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 39.
    The good judge is not he who does hair-splitting justice to every allegation, but who, aiming at substantial justice, rules something intelligible of the guidance of suitors.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Power," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 40.
    Verily, chemistry is not a splitting of hairs when you have got half a dozen raw Irishmen in the laboratory.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 219, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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