Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


Even to the delicacy of their hand
There was resemblance such as true blood wears.
Byron—Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 45.

For through the South the custom still commands
The gentleman to kiss the lady’s hands.
Byron—Don Juan. Canto V. St. 105.

Bless the hand that gave the blow.
Dryden—The Spanish Friar. Act II. Sc. 1.

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.

’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. Pt. I. Canto III. St. 18.

His red right hand.
Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 174.

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.

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.
Lucrece. L. 393.

All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.
Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 57.

They may seize
On the white wonder of dear Juliet’s hand.
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 35.

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.
Troilus and Cressida. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 55.

Puras deus non plenas adspicit manus.
God looks at pure, not full, hands.

Dextra mihi Deus.
My right hand is to me as a god.
Vergil—Æneid. X. 773.