Handed Reveries

Handed Reveries

Hands speak…


Hand in Hand

I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun-warmed, flower-bordered path. ~ André Gide

Freedom goes hand-in-hand with mutual respect. ~ Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office. ~ George Lucas

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. ~ William Butler Yeats

Love Hand

I pressed my father’s hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land. ~ Chief Joseph

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed The fingers of this hand wherewith I write; And, ever since, it grew more clean and white. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When you’re special to a cat, you’re special indeed, she brings to you the gift of her preference of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand. ~ Lester B. Pearson

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. ~ Henri Nouwen

When all alone, a turtle will gracefully swim in the ocean. When all alone, a person will gracefully swim alone. The quiet feeling you get from a turtle reflects how a person can feel alone, until someone reaches out a hand. ~ Dan Sullivan

I remember him saying — he reached out his hand and said, ‘If I stretch my hand, will a hand come to meet me?’ He wondered if Jews would come, if Holocaust survivors would come, whether the mistrust that existed would dissolve enough for people to come in an attempt to reconcile.” ~ Gilbert Levine

“When a man loves you, you can tell by the way he touches you. His hands that have been lifting heavy objects all day turn into sensitive hands that will never hurt you.” ~ Jessica Bascom

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. ~ Luke 4:40

Comrade, I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself? ~ Walt Whitman

I get a little warm in my heart
When I think of winter
I put my hand in my father’s glove ~ Tori Amos, “Winter”

At/To Hand

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins. ~ Franz Kafka

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. ~ Meister Eckhart

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. ~ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. His hearer’s mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught. ~ Roger Bacon

A tool is usually more simple than a machine; it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power. ~ Charles Babbage

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. ~ Raymond Chandler

My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane. ~ Graham Greene

Real painters understand with a brush in their hand. ~ Berthe Morisot

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, a circle of creation is completed inside us. The doors of our soul open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight. ~ Anne Jones

For to do things with care is the closest thing to love that I know – the cape of grace falling softly about the shoulders – as we focus on the task at hand – whether it be to listen – or to leave – or to learn. ~ Jane Siberry

In Hand

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. ~ Dorothy Parker

Move into the vast, into the infinite, and by and by, learn to trust it. Leave yourself in the hands of life. ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employment. ~ Aristotle

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Hold out toward Ai the javelin that is in your hand, for into your hand I will deliver the city.” So Joshua held out his javelin toward Ai. ~ Joshua “Covenent Renewed” 8:18

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. ~ Isaiah 49:15:16

Empty Hand

But I tell you; Come to Me with empty hands. I shall fill your hands with gifts and Grace. If your hands are full, what am I to fill them with? ~ Atharva Veda

Empty-handed I entered the world
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going –
Two simple happenings
That got entangled. ~ Kozan Ichikyo

Reaching Out/Outstretched Hand

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. ~ Carl Sandburg

He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. ~ Luke 6:10

We do not raise our hands to the void for things beyond hope. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I sat down at the piano and my hands began to browse over the keys. Then something happened. I felt as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, one I’d never heard or played before, and words came into my head – they just seemed to fall into place… ~ Thomas A. Dorsey

The song is called ‘Orphan Child.’ Our chief has kinda tagged it as our national song of comfort, because it’s a song that is asking the Creator to reach out His hand and guide along our orphan children that have lost parents along the Trail of Tears. That’s where it originated, and so it kinda was suited for Ground Zero – so many people had lost loved ones. So it is kind of a prayer, too. ~ Kathy Sierra

In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am. ~ Carl Jung

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has appeared to you.” ~ Exodus “Signs for Moses” 4:1-5

The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt–over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs’–and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars.” Exodus 7:19

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. ~ Exodus 14:15-16

Upper Hand

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. ~ Herman Melville

There are flood and drought over the eyes and in the mouth, dead water and dead sand contending for the upper hand. The parched eviscerate soil gapes at the vanity of toil, laughs without mirth. This is the death of the earth. ~ T.S. Eliot

Many of us have this neo-Amish pattern in our use of technology, and it’s our own way to exert some sort of power over it. These gadgets are supposed to be serving us, but we have so many of them that we feel like we’re enslaved to our servants. So we create restrictions to show who’s boss. Like, I may be a slave to e-mail, but I don’t text-message, therefore I really have the upper hand. ~ Kevin Kelly

It’s funny how the hippies and the punks tried to get rid of the conservatives, but they always seem to get the upper hand in the end. ~ Bjork

Raised Hand

And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. ~ Zechariah 14:13

The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs,
Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent hands. ~ William Blake

Any father whose son raises his hand against him is guilty of having produced a son who raised his hand against him. ~ Charles Péguy

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~ Red Buttons

This is what we all raised our right hands and came into the military to do, and we just do what our country asks us to do. ~ Geoff Ward

One of the speakers asked how many women had been harassed or abused sexually in their life. There were thousands of women in the audience, and almost every one of them raised her hand. ~ Cheryl James

Handed Over

Then one of the Twelve — the one called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew, “Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus” 26:14-16

“As surely as I live,” declares the Lord, “even if you, Jehoiachinc son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off. I will hand you over to those who seek your life, those you fear — to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and to the Babylonians. ~ Jeremiah, “Judgment Against Evil Kings” 22:24-25

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~ Hebrews, “A Call to Persevere” 10:29-31

Washed Hand

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” ~ Matthew 27:24

While washing their hands of responsibility for the rights of rural workers and indigenous peoples, the authorities are quick to respond forcefully when it comes to the demands of the wealthy landowners. ~ Javier Zuniga

If one hand washes the other, both become clean. ~ Dutch Proverb

He’s just, your cousin, ay, abhorrently; He’d wash his hands in blood, to keep them clean. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition’s hands. ~ Lord Byron

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ~ Paulo Freire

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a bronze basin, with its bronze stand, for washing. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. Whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water so that they will not die. Also, when they approach the altar to minister by presenting an offering made to the Lord by fire, they shall wash their hands and feet so that they will not die. This is to be a lasting ordinance for Aaron and his descendants for the generations to come.” Exodus, “Basin for Washing” 30:17-21

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affectation to be art. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Split Consciousness Hand

Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will. ~ Paul Klee

If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. ~ Matthew 18:8

It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.” ~ Sam Levenson

How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand. ~ Emo Philips

From my perspective, it’s kind of like one hand clapping. We’d love to have a dialogue, but there needs to be someone to have a dialogue with. ~ Maria Foscarinis

Left Hand, Right Hand

Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin

Reason is our soul’s left hand, faith her right, by these we reach divinity. ~ Donne, John

Spiritual love is a position of standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy. ~ Christina Baldwin

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ~ Mattew 6:2-4

But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left (i.e., living in spiritual darkness), and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city? ~ Jonah 4:11

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. ~ Proverbs 3:13-18

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. ~ Song of Solomon, “Beloved” 2:3-6

On the Other Hand

The last time I saw him he was walking down lover’s lane holding his own hand. ~ Fred Allen

On the other hand, you have different fingers.~ Steven Wright

You want to fall in love with a shoe, go ahead. A shoe can’t love you back, but, on the other hand, a shoe can’t hurt you too deeply either. And there are so many nice-looking shoes. ~ Allan Sherman

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. ~ Jean Cocteau

I came from a real tough neighborhood. I put my hand in some cement and felt another hand. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

On one hand, we have beauty and love, and on the other hand we have to take the garbage out once a week. ~ Jon Thompson

It is an essential part of the interpretive work that it should keep in step with fluctuations between love and hatred, between happiness and satisfaction on the one hand and persecutory anxiety and depression on the other. ~ Melanie Klein

On the other hand, what I like my music to do to me is awaken the ghosts inside of me. Not the demons, you understand, but the ghosts. ~ David Bowie


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