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Come take my hand, you should know me… ~ John Farrar

Hands are prehensile, multi-fingered extremities located at the end of an arm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs. Hands are the chief organs for physically manipulating the environment, used for both gross motor skills (such as grasping a large object) and fine motor skills (such as picking up a small pebble). The fingertips contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the body, are the richest source of tactile feedback, and have the greatest positioning capability of the body; thus the sense of touch is intimately associated with hands.


God looks at pure, not full, hands. ~ Publilius Syrus
  • Even to the delicacy of their hand
    There was resemblance such as true blood wears.
  • For through the South the custom still commands
    The gentleman to kiss the lady's hands.
  • You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  • Like a led victim, to my death I'll go,
    And, dying, bless the hand that gave the blow.
    • John Dryden, The Spanish Friar (1681), Act II, scene 1
  • Come take my hand, you should know me,
    I've always been in your mind
    You know I will be kind, I'll be guiding you
    Building your dream has to start now,
    There's no other road to take
    You won't make a mistake, I'll be guiding you.
  • '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?
    • Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part I, Canto III, Stanza 18
  • Without the bed her other fair hand was,
    On the green coverlet; whose perfect white
    Show'd like an April daisy on the grass,
    With pearly sweat, resembling dew of night.
  • O, that her hand,
    In whose comparison all whites are ink,
    Writing their own reproach, to whose soft seizure
    The cygnet's down is harsh and spirit of sense
    Hard as the palm of ploughman.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 349-50.
  • Una mano lava l'altra, ed ambedue lavano il volto.
    • One hand washeth another, both the face.
    • John Florio, Vocabolario Italiano & Inglese
  • His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him
    • Genesis, XVI. 12
  • The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
    • Genesis, XXVII. 22
  • Rubente dextra.
    • Red right hand.
    • Horace, Carmina, I, 2, 2
  • We bear it calmly, though a ponderous woe,
    And still adore the hand that gives the blow.
  • Puras deus non plenas adspicit manus.
  • Dextra mihi Deus.
    • My right hand is to me as a god.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), X. 773

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