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Hindu Sadhu with a goatee and moustache

A beard is the hair that grows on a human chin, cheeks, neck and the area above the upper lip.


  • BEARD, n. The hair that is commonly cut off by those who justly execrate the absurd Chinese custom of shaving the head.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • Many were the disguises he assumed. At one time he even meditated cutting off his mustaches ; — that would have been "the unkindest cut of all.”
  • Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
  • It’s always the same: if someone is against convention his only way of attacking it is by creating another convention, so that when most people are clean-shaven he grows a beard, and when beards are worn he shaves his off. He’s merely changing from one convention to another.
  • He that hath a beard is more than a youth; and he that hath no beard is less than a man.


  • Edmund: [Referring to The Bearded Lady] Great. We've only got one act, and she shaved her beard off!
    • Blackadder
  • [Lord Flasheart nods to Baldrick, who's dressed as a bridesmaid.]
    Flasheart: Thanks, Bridesmaid! Like the beard! Gives me something to hang on to!
    • Blackadder II
  • Baldrick: Yeah, and I could be played by some tiny tit in a beard.
    • Blackadder III
  • Narrator: [introducing Baldrick] The other was the sole descendant of an unfortunate meeting between a pig-farmer and a bearded lady. History has, quite rightly, forgotten his name.
    • Blackadder
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