John Steinbeck: “A Man with a Beard Was Always a Little Suspect Anyway”

Photographer Unknown, (A Man with a Beard)

“A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway. You couldn’t say you wore a beard because you liked a beard. People didn’t like you for telling the truth. You had to say you had a scar so you couldn’t shave.”
― John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Alexandre Dumas: “He Was a Fine, Tall, Slim Young Fellow”

Photographer Unknown, (The Sailor’s Selfie)

“He was a fine, tall, slim young fellow, with black eyes, and hair as dark as the raven’s wing; and his whole appearance bespoke that calmness and resolution peculiar to men accustomed from their cradle to contend with danger.”

Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo