„Do you know there’s a wonderful Christian idea in which Thomas stretches his hands out to try to touch Christ’s wound and Christ says ‘Noli me tangere’ (do not touch me). What your eyes see your hands will always try to affirm. Much of dealing with the non-material is about this confusion between the hand and the eye, the ear and the eye, when the thing that you look at is uncertain, your body demands a kind of readjustment, it demands certainty. Something happens to where you are, to space; time changes. Time, I think, becomes slower. The mystical truth of art is time.“
— Giovanni Maria Cecchi Italian poet, playwright, writer and notary 1518 - 1587
Le Rappresentazioni di Tobia, Act 7., Scene IV. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 323.
„All you have to do is touch my hand
To show me you understand
And something happens to me.
That's some kind of wonderful.“
— Carole King Nasa 1942
Some Kind of Wonderful (1961), Co-written with Gerry Goffin, first recorded by The Drifters
„I touch your mouth, I touch the edge of your mouth with my finger, I am drawing it as if it were something my hand was sketching, as if for the first time your mouth opened a little, and all I have to do is close my eyes to erase it and start all over again, every time I can make the mouth I want appear, the mouth which my hand chooses and sketches on your face, and which by some chance that I do not seek to understand coincides exactly with your mouth which smiles beneath the one my hand is sketching on you.“
— Julio Cortázar Argentinian writer 1914 - 1984
„Closing your eyes isn't going to change anything. Nothing's going to disappear just because you can't see what's going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That's the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won't make time stand still.“
— Haruki Murakami Japanese author, novelist 1949
„It's like this - you are in front of your canvas, you hand holds the paint, ready, raised. The canvas waits, waits, empty and white - but all the time it knows what it wants. So - what does it want, anyway? My hand comes near, my eyes begin to transform the waiting canvas; and when - with my hands holding the paint and my eyes seeing the forms - I touch the canvas, it trembles, it comes to life.“
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
„Tell me some true things about fighting.'
'Tell me you love me.'
'I love you,' the girl said. 'You can publish it in the Gazzettino if you like. I love your hard, flat body and your strange eyes that frighten me when they become wicked. I love your hand and all your other wounded places.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Renata and Colonel Richard Cantwell in Ch. 12
„If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.“
— Frances Hodgson Burnett English-American childrens' playwright and author 1849 - 1924
„Do you want to see what human eyes have never seen? Look at the moon. Do you want to hear what ears have never heard? Listen to the bird's cry. Do you want to touch what hands have never touched? Touch the earth. Verily I say that God is about to create the world.“
— Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
The Theologians, translated by James E. Irby (1964)
„And reach out for her healing hands,
Reach out for her healing hands.
There's a light, where the darkness ends.
Touch me now and let me see again,
Rock me now in your gentle healing hands.“
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947