Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.
Matthew Arnold (1822-88). Essays in Criticism, "Poems of Wordsworth," Preface (Second Series, 1888).
Unfledge them of their...perriwigs, And they appear like bald-cootes, in the nest.
Beaumont, Knt. Malta, (1616).
RESPECTABILITY, n. The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, (1911).
People get real comfortable with their features. Nobody gets comfortable with their hair. Hair trauma. It's the universal thing.
Jamie Lee Curtis (b. 1958). U.S. (21 Feb. 1991).
Your princesses, that..demean themselves to hob and nob with these black baldicoots [i.e. monks with shaven crowns]!
Kingsley, Saint's Trag., iii., iv. 176 (1848).
In truth, a mature man who uses hair-oil, unless medicinally, that man has probably got a quoggy spot in him somewhere. As a general rule, he can't amount to much in his totality.
Herman Melville (1819-91). Moby-Dick, ch. 25 (1851).
A fly bit the bare pate of a bald man, who in endeavouring to
crush it gave himself a hard slap. Then said the fly jeeringly, "You wanted to
revenge the sting of a tiny insect with death; what will you do to
yourself, who have added insult to injury?"
Phaedrus (8. A. D.), Book v. Fable 3. (Translation by H. T. Riley, B. A.). Bohn's Classical Library.
The tenderest spot in a man's make-up is sometimes the bald spot on top of his head.
Helen Rowland (1875-1950). Reflections of a Bachelor Girl (1903).
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946). All Trivia, "Last Words" (1933).
Quotes from the Oxford English Dictionary
- C. 1386 Chaucer Prol. 198 - His heed was ballid, and schon as eny glas.
- 1870 Geo. Eliot Middlem. i. v, - Dreadful to see the skin of his bald head moving about.
- C. 1590 Marlowe Jew of M. v. ii, - Begin betimes; Occasion's bald behind; Slip not thine opportunity.
- 1606 Dekker Sev. Sins vi. (Arb.) 40 - Thy Inhabitants Shaue their Consciences so close, that in the ende they growe balde, and bring foorth no goodnesse.
- 1663 Bp. Patrick Parab. Pilgr. 259 - They let those opportunities grow old..and suffer them to be bald before they mind to apprehend them.
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