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HAND
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Neither the naked hand nor the understanding, left to itself, can do much; the work is accomplished by instruments and helps, of which the need is not less for the understanding than the hand.
      - Francis Bacon

There is a hand that has no heart in it, there is a claw or paw, a flipper or fin, a bit of wet cloth to take hold of, a piece of unbaked dough on the cook's trencher, a cold clammy thing we recoil from, or greedy clutch with the heat of sin, which we drop as a burning coal. What a scale from the talon to the horn of plenty, is this human palmleaf! Sometimes it is what a knife-shaped, thin-bladed tool we dare not grasp, or like a poisonous thing we shake off, or unclean member, which, white as it may look, we feel polluted by!
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. XVI, v. 12)

And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
  And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. XXVII, v. 22-23)

He who beholds her hand forgets her face.
      - Mrs. Brooks

Even to the delicacy of their hand
  There was resemblance such as true blood wears.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto IV, st. 45)

For through the South the custom still commands
  The gentleman to kiss the lady's hands.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 105)

Venerable to me is the hard hand,--crooked, coarse,--wherein, notwithstanding, lies a cunning virtue, indispensably royal as of the sceptre of the planet.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The wise hand does not all the tongue dictates.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

The Greeks adored their gods by the simple compliment of kissing their hands; and the Romans were treated as atheists if they would not perform the same act when they entered a temple. This custom, however, as a religious ceremony declined with paganism,but was continued as a salutation by inferiors to their superiors, or as a token of esteem among friends.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Women carry a beautiful hand with them to the grave, when a beautiful face has long ago vanished.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Bless the hand that gave the blow.
      - John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
         (act II, sc. 1)

My hands are clean, but my heart has somewhat of impurity.
      - Euripides

One hand washeth another, both the face.
  [Lat., Una mano lava l'altra, ed ambedue lavano il volto.]
      - John Florio,
        Vocabolario Italiano & Inglese

Pale hands I loved beside the Shalimar,
  Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell?
      - Laurence Hope (pseudonym of Adela Florence Nicolson),
        Kashmiri Song

Red light hand.
  [Lat., Rubente dextra.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 2, 2)

Lavater told Goethe that on a certain occasion when he held the velvet bag in the church as collector of the offerings, he tried to observe only the hands; and he satisfied himself that in every individual the shape of the hand and of the fingers, the action and sentiment in dropping the gift into the bag, were distinctly different and individually characteristic.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

'Twas a hand
  White, delicate, dimpled, warm, languid, and bland.
    The hand of a woman is often, in youth,
      Somewhat rough, somewhat red, somewhat graceless in truth;
        Does its beauty refine, as its pulses grow calm,
          Or as sorrow has crossed the life line in the palm?
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto III, st. 18)

A dazzling white hand, veined cerulean.
      - Gerald Massey

His red right hand.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 174)

I love a hand that meets mine own
  With grasp that causes some sensation.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
  And still adore the hand that gives the blow.
      - John Pomfret,
        Verses to his Friend under Affliction

Other parts of the body assist the speaker, but these speak themselves. By them we ask, we promise, we invoke, we dismiss, we threaten, we entreat, we deprecate; we express fear, joy, grief, our doubts, our assent, our penitence; we show moderation, profusion; we mark number and time.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

Her hand, in whose comparison all whites are ink writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure the cygnets down is harsh, and spirit of sense hard as the palm of ploughman!
      - William Shakespeare

His noble hand did win what he did spend.
      - William Shakespeare


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