100+ Best Hand Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational hand quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Hand Quotes

I would like to see the day when somebody would be appointed surgeon somewhere who had no hands, for the operative part is the least part of the work. — Harvey Cushing

The small businessman is smart; he realizes there’s no free lunch. On the other hand, he knows where to go to get a good inexpensive sandwich. — Adam Osborne

We wonder why we have got the Freemen or the militants. We wonder why we have got unrest in this country. It is because our government, in fact, has got out of hand and out of line, with the Endangered Species Act. — Don Young

No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges. — Buenaventura Durruti

I believe that freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand-in-hand in America. — Kirk Cameron

The difference between the denominational system and the public school system is all the difference between bolstering them up on the one hand and letting them alone of the other. — Edmund Barton

How people interpret my degrees of sexiness is out of my hands. — Seth Green

Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands. — Jeff Cooper

Crucial to science education is hands-on involvement: showing, not just telling; real experiments and field trips and not just virtual reality. — Martin Rees

I have blessed hands. I got my hands blessed by the priest, and I am able to give out Holy Communion at Mass. It is lovely to be part of it. — Sarah Bolger

I don’t really get nervous for auditions, because I just see them as mini acting classes. There’s no need to have an attachment to the outcome because it’s out of your hands after that. — Isabel Lucas

But in the end it’s still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can’t shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you’ve missed the point. — Payne Stewart

When my wrestlers got their hands raised, I jumped for joy. — Dan Gable

I’ve never seen bad drawing destroy a good idea. On the other hand, I’ve never seen a good drawing save a bad idea. — Paul Conrad

I do believe that God has his hands on me and that he has work for me to do. — Billy Preston

I can count on one hand how many people I trust. — Frances Bean Cobain

My most noticeable physical trait is, hands down, my hair. It’s big, unruly and curly, and you can spot it from a mile away… literally. — Becca Fitzpatrick

To have command is to have all the power you will ever need. To have all the power you will ever need, is to have the world in the palm of you hand. — Tiberius

To look forward and not back, To look out and not in, and To lend a hand. — Edward Everett Hale

I used all diligence to arrive at London and therefore I now gave my crew a certificate under my hand, of my free and willing return, without persuasion or force by any one or more of them. — Henry Hudson

I can’t control how high my song goes on the charts, you know what I mean. I mean, I can sway it a little bit by working as hard as I can, hopefully being a decent person and giving good interviews and working hard on the road and being nice to people and shaking hands and doing everything you can do. — Casey James

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands. — Thurgood Marshall

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. — Daniel Goleman

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

I have in hands, now, specimens of bottom from t he Gulf Stream, obtained by Lieutenant Craven, and I can say that they are among the most interesting that I have ever seen. — Edward Forbes

Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem. — Paul Celan

For me, a great fantasy is real people, a world I recognise, human struggle and magic. You’ve got to have magic to make a fantasy work. But I like my magic to be subtle. I don’t want magic coming out of the hands of wizards. I want it to be pervading, sinister somehow. — Fiona McIntosh

Now everybody’s got a crazy notion of their own. Some like to mix up with a crowd, some like to be alone. It’s no one elses’ business as far as I can see, but every time that I go out the people stare at me, with me little ukulele in me hand. — George Formby

I grew up as a fairly poor kid in, you know, Toronto, Canada. I don’t think I owned any new clothes until I was, like, 15 or something. They were all second-hand and forged from paper. — Paulo Costanzo

What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will surely be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy’s doubts is invincible. — Cao Cao

You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand. — Princess Anne

I talk to student-athletes. I try to get them to remember that they’re not just athletes, but student-athletes. You need to get an education, keep your hands clean and try to represent the university. — Earl Campbell

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin

But when it became an international hoopla where careers lived and died on whether or not you did or didn’t get an Oscar, then it got out of hand. — George C. Scott

I can’t really put it in one sentence because although on one hand Preacher is about faith and yes it is also about, I suppose, the search for God, the search for faith and the manipulation and the abuse committed by figures in whom I suppose people have faith. — Garth Ennis

They don’t pay you a million dollars for two-hand chest passes. — Pete Maravich

When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear. — Alfred Eisenstaedt

I’ve thrown away lots of my old diaries – you never know who might get their hands on them. But I have kept a few notes on the good old days. — Steffi Graf

Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don’t take chances then you’ll never have a winning hand, and I’ve no regrets. — Bernard Cornwell

Within the pages of The Betrayal of America I prove that these justices were absolutely up to no good, and they deliberately set out to hand the election to George Bush. — Vincent Bugliosi

The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations. — Joseph Pulitzer

I feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands, playing the point guard. But I like playing the 2, too. I think I bring tough defense and the ability to score and also get my teammates the ball to score. — Willie Green

Frequently, I have been asked if an experiment I have planned is pure or applied science; to me it is more important to know if the experiment will yield new and probably enduring knowledge about nature. If it is likely to yield such knowledge, it is, in my opinion, good fundamental research; and this is more important than whether the motivation is purely aesthetic satisfaction on the part of the experimenter on the one hand or the improvement of the stability of a high-power transistor on the other. — William Shockley

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own. — Mark Victor Hansen

It’s all about having fun and smiling and shaking hands. — Tone Loc

Bias and prejudice are attitudes to be kept in hand, not attitudes to be avoided. — Charles Curtis

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

If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands. — Polykarp Kusch

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It’s the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe. — Philip Guston

Magic and new technology have always walked hand in hand – even back in the days of Robert Houdin. — David Copperfield

All along the untrodden paths of the future, I can see the footprints of an unseen hand. — Boyle Roche

Radium could be very dangerous in criminal hands. — Pierre Curie

Some people revel in getting their hands dirty. These are the people that make startups grow wildly. People with hustle also tend to be much more agile – they’re the water that goes around the rock. These are the people you want around when everything goes wrong. They’re also the people you want beside you when everything goes right. — Leah Busque

I’ll never forget the first time I saw someone who had died. It was my grandfather. And I knelt next to his coffin. And all I could do was eye level was look at his hands. They were enormous hands. And all I could think was, ‘Those hands dug freedom for me.’ — Rick Santorum

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. — Cardinal Richelieu

We all have that burning question about what happens if we lose somebody we love, especially if we lose them tragically. We wonder what fear was going on, we wonder if we could have reached out and touched them, held their hand, looked in their eyes, been there. — Kevin Costner

I’m not one to take revenge. If someone does something wrong to me I leave it in the hands of the universe to take care of that person. — Lana Parrilla

The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don’t need any fingers. — Larry Flynt

I’m from Southern California, so I feel much more comfortable with a golf club in my hand than I do a weapon. — Bert Blyleven

Some say that Jesus is the rock, or the anchor. I say that your friends and family are your anchor. And you can really hold their hands, not just sing about it. No disrespect to George Jones. — Gale Harold

If these hands, used to fighting, would be acceptable to His Holiness, we most thankfully dedicate them to the service of him who deserves so well of the Church and of the fatherland. — Giuseppe Garibaldi

And I have been able to give freedom and life which was acknowledged in the ecstasy of walking hand in hand across the most beautiful bridge of the world, the cables enclosing us and pulling us upward in such a dance as I have never walked and never can walk with another. — Hart Crane

The lesson that people can’t give me what they don’t have, and if there’s anything I took from it, it was: okay, I don’t really expect anyone to hand me anything. There’s going to be me and the world. — Liz Murray

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. — Aldo Leopold

I always tell people that my life is in pencil; I have to keep an eraser in my hand because I could always get a call that could change everything. — Linda Gray

Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand – the one doing the important job – unnoticed. — David K. Shipler

Who ever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go. — Hazel Scott

My values, our values, aren’t about pointing fingers. They are about offering a helping hand. — Kathleen Blanco

As an only child lacking siblings and playmates, I was alone a great deal of the time. Much of this was spent reading virtually anything I could get my hands on. — Robert Lefkowitz

Reed College required a thesis for a Bachelor’s degree. Normally a Bachelor’s is sort of like being stamped ‘Prime US Beef.’ They just walk you through, hand out the diplomas and you fill in your name later on. — David Eddings

As a businessperson, I don’t have the power to change the government. That is in the hands of the political leaders. However, as a taxpayer, we have the right to be critical of the government and demand change. — Tadashi Yanai

What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do. — Arnold Palmer

What is a good performance? It lies in the hands and head of a performer… the shortest way between two people is not a straight line. — Earle Brown

The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand. — Elias Canetti

I do the cooking at home. Where we eat no more than 100 grams of meat a day and have ‘tons’ of fresh vegetables. I prepare the vegetables with a wide range of herbs, spices and such. We also keep on hand lots of fruit, yogurt and great breads. — Graham Kerr

Playing well with others is important – not being too flashy, just keeping good time and of course coming up with cool beats. A good snare drum, kick drum, high hat. Just getting good at the hand feet coordination. — Chad Smith

We’re all like little ants who scurry around with the materials that are at hand right now. Each generation finds new materials. Its just evolution, isn’t it? — Beth Orton

I haven’t shaken my fists at the moon. — Ian Dury

When I write an original story I write about people I know first-hand and situations I’m familiar with. I don’t write stories about the nineteenth century. — Satyajit Ray

We have not sought this conflict; we have sought too long to avoid it; our forbearance has been construed into weakness, our magnanimity into fear, until the vindication of our manhood, as well as the defence of our rights, is required at our hands. — Robert Toombs

It’s so interesting that when I finished ‘The X-Files’ in 2002, the – call it the political and cultural climate in America – was one of fear, and trust of government. Because we put ourselves in the hands of the authority who was going to protect us. And, you know, we gave up a lot of our liberties to Homeland Security, etc. — Chris Carter

Rumi, who is one of the greatest Persian poets, said that the truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth. — Mohsen Makhmalbaf

You can only milk a cow so long, then you’re left holding the pail. — Hank Aaron

Life hands us a lot of hard choices, and other people can help us more than we might realize. We often think we should make important decisions using just our own internal resources. What are the pros and cons? What does my gut tell me? But often we have friends and family who know us in ways we don’t know ourselves. — Sheena Iyengar

What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp. — Wilson Mizner

My experiences have taught me a lot and I’m happy with my learnings, if not with what I went through to learn. — Ally Sheedy

On the one hand, there is no reason that a black person needs to live a portion of his or her life being concerned about the people of color around him. On the other hand, if you don’t you’re crazy. — Henry Hampton

I love being out there on the mound with the ball in my hand. I can control the game. I’m out there. No clock – nothing happens until I throw that thing. Nothing happens. I love that feeling. — David Cone

Nude nail polish wins hands down over intricate nail art. — Ashley Madekwe

The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty. — Alex Spanos

Impatience translates itself into a desire to have something immediate done about it all, and, as is generally the case with impatience, resolves itself in the easiest way that lies ready to hand. — Edward Sapir

You have to really respect what your kids are doing with their kids and how they’re raising them. You can’t push your way into areas where you shouldn’t be saying anything. You have to always remember they’re not your own kids. Play with them, love them, spoil them to death – then hand them back. — Billy Crystal

No art is any good unless you can feel how it’s put together. By and large it’s the eye, the hand and if it’s any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist’s body; you can really lean on it. — Frank Stella

Hands are the tool of the painter, the artist. — Agnes Varda

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society. — Thomas Babington Macaulay

I’m not obsessed by how I look or with being reed thin, but I do think that as a woman in my 50s, I have 40 years ahead. Looking after yourself goes hand in hand with looking good. — Linda Evans

Science is like a flashlight in the hands of people living in a huge balloon. They can illuminate anything in the balloon, but cannot shine it outside the balloon to see where it is floating – or if it is floating at all. — Huston Smith

As far away as you can get from the process of mechanisms and machinery, the more likely your food’s going to taste good. And that – that is probably the largest thing I can hand to anybody is let your hands touch it. Let them make it. — Mario Batali

Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do. — Clara Barton

Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. If you have a healthy lifestyle, your diet and nutrition are set, and you’re working out, you’re going to feel good. — Jason Statham

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