Ever wondered what our ancestors thought about hair loss? Here are some proverbs that make reference to baldness. Some of these sayings have been given an explanation while others are obvious or probably best left for you to reflect upon…
“A la ocasión la pintan calva”
Translation: “the occasion is painted bald” or “they paint the occasion bald”.
Meaning: You have to make the most of the chances that come your way.
Origin: The Romans adored a Goddess named Ocasión (Caerus). She was represented as an extremely beautiful woman on tiptoes on a wheel and with wings on her feet or her back, which indicated that good things go fast. The front part of Ocasión’s head was covered by beautiful hair, but the rest was completely bald. So, when it was said “tomar la ocasión por los pelos”, it meant one must take the chance (Ocasión) head-on when it comes. Once the chance has passed, it would be impossible to catch it because there is nothing to catch onto by the rear as it is bald.
Opportunity has hair in front, but behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forlock, you may hold her, but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again.
Meaning: As above, do not miss the opportunity that comes to you
Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.
Meaning: As above
Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald.
The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
A bald-headed man will not grow hair by getting excited.
Long hair, short wit.
Too much knowledge makes the head bald.
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