An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent, the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


A beard signifies lice, not brains.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and He that hath no beard is less than a man.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


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