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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

The hair is the richest ornament of women. ~Martin Luther

Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground.  Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.  ~Shana Alexander

Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like.  ~Author Unknown

It seems no more than right that men should seize time by the forelock, for the rude old fellow, sooner or later, pulls all their hair out.  ~George Dennison Prentice, Prenticeana, 1860

What's the matter with you guys?  The sight of blonde hair knocks you three rungs down on the evolutionary ladder.  ~From the television show Civil Wars

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

I'm not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb.  I also know I'm not blonde.  ~Dolly Parton

It was a blonde.  A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.  ~Raymond Chandler

Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself.  ~Hubert de Givenchy, Vogue, July 1985

Babies haven't any hair:
Old men's heads are just as bare;
From the cradle to the grave
Lies a haircut and a shave.
~Samuel Goodman Hoffenstein

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.  ~Sam Ewing

Women.... Who made 'em?  God must have been a... genius.  Their hair.  They say that the hair is everything, you know?  Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls, and just wanted to go to sleep forever?  ~Bo Goldman, "The Start of an Education," made popular by the movie Scent of a Woman

Your hair is long and wonderful;
      It is dark, with golden
      Lights in the length of it.
Long, lovely, liquid, glorious,
      Is your hair, and lustrous,
      Scented with summertime.
Beware when you are combing it,
      In the nights and mornings,
      Shaking its splendor out.
I bid you comb it carefully,
      For my soul is caught there,
      Wound in the web of it.
~John Robinson Jeffers, "To Helen About Her Hair"

When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn. ~Mark Twain

Those curious locks so aptly twin'd,
Whose every hair a soul doth bind.
~Thomas Carew

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library?  ~Lily Tomlin

Long, beautiful, gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen... I adore hair!  ~James Rado and Gerome Ragni, Hair

Violet will be a good color for hair at just about the same time that brunette becomes a good color for flowers.  ~Fran Lebowitz

Beauty draws us with a single hair.  ~Alexander Pope

And I love the way your hair grows... And that one wee curl, always looking as if it were going to drop, but never dropping, is delicious. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915

Each well-trained hair on his head was in its place... ~George Fitch, "Cupid vs. Geography," 1915

Gentlemen prefer blondes... but gentlemen marry brunettes.  ~Anita Loos

Hair is vitally personal to children.  They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality.  ~Charles Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964

The hair is of so much importance to the face, that the gracefulness of a woman's head, and the likeness of a man's portrait, depend in a great measure upon its arrangement. ~Auguste Alexandre Philippe Charles Blanc (1813–1882), Art in Ornament and Dress / L'Art dans la Parure et dans le Vêtement, "Personal Adornment: Hair-Dressing," 1875, translated from French

[W]hat a difference there is between a head dressed with feeling, and the same head when the hair is left to chance or ill arranged! No doubt the natural arrangement may be so admirable that there is no necessity for any alteration. It is thus that disordered hair may characterise the incessant absorption of a philosopher, always buried in problems, like Ampère—let us leave him with his hair all in confusion. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

Attired to please herself: no gems of any kind
She wore, nor aught of borrowed gloss in Nature's stead;
And, then her long, loose hair flung round her head
Fell carelessly behind.
~Publius Terentius Afer

I will not deny
my hair
the wildness
of my age...
~Alice Walker, from "I Will Not Deny," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010

The bleached blonde will never say die — she calls it "tinting." ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor

[T]his is California.  Blondes are like the state flower or something.  ~From the television show Beverly Hills 90210

They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights. ~Author Unknown

Your hair carries a lot of energy and memories... ~Lindsay Price Stone, Celebrity Watch Party, 2020  [S1, E7]

There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Mr Witwould:  Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies.
Mrs Millamant:  Only with those in verse... I never pin up my hair with prose.
~William Congreve, The Way of the World, 1700

Only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.
~W.B. Yeats

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero, as quoted by W.G. Benham

To Crystal, hair was the most important thing on earth.  She would never get married because you couldn't wear curlers in bed.  ~Edna O'Brien

Did you notice how her hair smells like fruit? Not the real fruit but the good kind, like in candy. ~The Middle, "The Core Group," 2016, written by Ilana Wernick  [S8, E1. Axl, to Frankie, about his girlfriend April. –tg]

There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.  ~Martial

Gray hair is a blessing — ask any bald man. ~Author Unknown

Every day it happens to us to fail to recognise our friends when they have cut their hair in some unusual manner, when they have shaved or allowed their beard to grow contrary to their ordinary practice. This proves what effect these natural ornaments have on a man's appearance, and how they fix themselves in memory. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

You can't part the skin of a sausage,
Or a dad from his fond son and heir.
And you can't part the hair on a bald-headed man,
For there'll be no parting there.  ~Billy Bennett

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...  ~Susan Polis Shutz

[T]he sun was glinting down on her brilliant head, making her hair glow like fire.... Suddenly she smiled, and her beautiful face became almost as radiant as her hair.... It was bound up in a braid and coiled atop her head like a length of rope, but he could discern hues from the brightest copper to the deepest red, like the leaves of autumn after the frost. Unbound, he knew it could reach her waist, like a waving, living banner of flame. ~Catherine Hart, Night Flame, 1989  #redheads

A celebrity is any well-known TV or movie star who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair.  ~Steve Martin

A fine head of hair adds beauty to a good face, and terror to an ugly one.  ~Lycurgus

By common consent gray hairs are a crown of glory; the only object of respect that can never excite envy.  ~George Bancroft

There is one thing about baldness:  it's neat.  ~Don Herold

But if the nose is unequally short and turned up, the hair admits of still more fanciful arrangement; it may be whimsical, surprising, even set off with a little disorder. A stray ringlet, a careless bit of ribbon, an aigrette on one side would be allowable, or a falling spray of flowers, or a single curl on the face. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

How can I control my life when I can't control my hair?  ~Author Unknown

I don't care if they call me "baldie" or "chrome dome."  God took an eraser and brushed my head clean.  I'd rather be bald on top than bald inside.  ~Joe Garagiola, 1975

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush.  ~Oliver Herford

The few hairs left on the heads of the middle-aged always remind me of unwilling guests persuaded to remain for the smouldering cigarette-butt end of a party. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885

      [T]he forehead, if high—if longer than the nose—should be concealed a little, and the face only uncovered near the temples. Long curls, such as Lawrence's figures wear falling on their cheeks, have an expression of sentimental reverie which may suit certain romantic ladies; but, in a general way, the cheeks left bare and the hair turned back is more graceful and natural than these drooping ringlets which the most chaste and tender kiss would disarrange. Why display beautiful curls on the cheek when they look so elegant on the nape of the neck or the shoulder? To conceal a part of the face, is it not to make people suspect some defect, or to lead them to believe more than really exists? Women who hide under corkscrew curls their faded complexions, or the marks which the finger of time has left on their faces, make themselves look old by this very precaution. Sincerity is best.
      As regards young girls, they are always charming when they display the whole of the face. Youth is such a skilful hairdresser!
      ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

Her hair possessed so powerful an animal odor and was so electrically stimulating, that its mere contact with my skin instantaneously made me forget fever, fatigue and pain... and I immediately felt heroic ardor and new strength flowing and surging through my veins. ~Octave Mirbeau, "The Garden," The Torture Garden, 1899, translated from the French by Alvah C. Bessie, 1931

A man has gray hair; a poet has locks as silvery as long-lost treasure. ~Terri Guillemets

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.  ~Proverb

The arrangement of the hair being indispensable to beauty only in woman, man, without actually handling the scissors and the curling tongs, ought to be his own hair-dresser; and if so, we may be sure... that his character, careless or careful, impetuous or calm, timid or resolute, stiff or unreserved, will show itself in the way in which he usually cuts and arranges his hair. But woman needs to be adorned with profound skill, and it is not easy for her to dress her own hair. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

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