Barbers

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With odorous oil thy head and hair are sleek;
And then thou kemb'st the tuzzes on thy cheek:
Of these, my barbers take a costly care.

Barbers are persons whose occupation is to cut any type of hair, and to shave or trim the beards of men. The place of work of a barber is generally called a barbershop, or simply the "barber's" In previous times, barbers also performed surgery and dentistry.

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Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 57.
  • With odorous oil thy head and hair are sleek;
    And then thou kemb'st the tuzzes on thy cheek:
    Of these, my barbers take a costly care.
  • Of a thousand shavers, two do not shave so much alike as not to be distinguished.
  • But he shaved with a shell when he chose,
    'Twas the manner of primitive man.
  • Thy boist'rous locks, no worthy match
    For valour to assail, nor by the sword
    * * * * * *
    But by the barber's razor best subdued.
  • The first (barbers) that entered Italy came out of Sicily and it was in the 454 yeare after the foundation of Rome. Brought in they were by P. Ticinius Mena as Verra doth report for before that time they never cut their hair. The first that was shaven every day was Scipio Africanus, and after him cometh Augustus the Emperor who evermore used the rasor.
    • Pliny the Elder, Natural History, Book VII, Chapter LIX. Holland's translation.
  • Whose beard they have sing'd off with brands of fire;
    And ever, as it blaz'd, they threw on him
    Great pails of puddled mire to quench the hair:
    My master preaches patience to him and the while
    His man with scissors nicks him like a fool.
  • A Fellow in a market town,
    Most musical, cried Razors up and down.

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