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The ungrown glories of his beamy hair.
- Joseph Addison
Long, glorious locks, which drop upon thy cheek like gold-hued cloud-flakes on the rosy morn.
- Philip James Bailey
By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.
- George Bancroft
And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which we go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
- Bible, Genesis (ch. XLII, v. 38)
When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
- Bible, II Samuel (ch. X, v. 5)
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
- Bible, Matthew (ch. X, v. 30)
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 31)
And from that luckless hour my tyrant fair
Has led and turned me by a single hair.
- Robert Bland, Anthology (p. 20),
His hair stood upright like porcupine quills.
- Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron
(fifth day, Nov. 8)
Dear, dead women, with such hair, too--what's become of all the gold
Used to hang and brush their bosoms?
- Robert Browning,
Men and Women--A Toccata of Galuppi's
And though it be a two-foot trout,
'Tis with a single hair pulled out.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
Those curious locks so aptly twin'd,
Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
- Thomas Carew, To A.L.--Persuasions to Love
It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness.
[Lat., Stultum est in luctu capillum sibi evellere, quasi calvito maeror levaretur.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
Tusculanarum Disputationum (III, 26)
Within the midnight of her hair,
Half-hidden in its deepest deeps.
- Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair,
And fell adown his shoulders with losse care.
- Abraham Cowley, Davideis (bk. II, l. 803)
Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er,
Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth,
But strong for service still, and unimpair'd.
- William Cowper, Task
(bk. II, The Timepiece, l. 702)
Tresses, that wear
Jewels, but to declare
How much themselves more precious are.
- Richard Crashaw,
Wishes to his (supposed) Mistress
Her hair down-gushing in an armful flows,
And floods her ivory neck, and glitters as she goes.
- Allan Cunningham
God doth bestow that garment, when we die, that, like a soft and silken canopy, is still spread over us. In spite of death, our hair grows in the grave; and that alone looks fresh when all our other beauty's gone.
- Thomas Dekker (Decker)
The robe which curious Nature weaves to hang upon the head.
- Thomas Dekker (Decker)
Gray hair is beautiful in itself, and so softening to the complexion and so picturesque in its effect that many a woman who has been plain in her youth is, by its beneficent influence, transformed into a handsome woman.
- Maria Richards Oakey Dewing (Miss Oakey)
It's an ill will that blows when you leave the hairdresser.
- Phyllis Diller
Her head was bare, but for her native ornament of hair, which in a simple knot was tied above--sweet negligence, unheeded bait of love!
- John Dryden
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear,
Can draw you to her with a single hair.
- John Dryden, Persius (satire V, l. 246)
When you see fair hair
- George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
The Spanish Gypsy (bk. IV)
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