These are the lips of the lake, on which no beard grows.
"I can't imagine you with a beard," she finally said.
Their opinion and practice will be best represented in the words of one of their early teachers (quoted by Gibbon, Decline and Fall, c. 63): "When thou art alone in thy cell shut thy door, and seat thyself in a corner; raise thy mind above all things vain and transitory; recline thy beard and chin on thy breast; turn thine eyes and thy thought towards the middle of thy belly, the region of the navel (6j4 aXos); and search the place of the heart, the seat of the soul.
In his eyes the beard was a symbol of the old regime, and as such it must be removed.
On the importance attached to the beard, see Ency.