Weekend Words: Handshake

by Weekend Editors on December 15, 2013


Vittore Carpaccio, “Meeting of the Betrothed Couple” (detail) (1495), tempera on canvas (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice) (image via Web Gallery of Art)

“When is a handshake not just a handshake?” asks the New York Daily News. “When it happens between the presidents of Cuba and the United States, two countries whose enmity has lasted well over half a century and resisted all attempts to normalize relations.”

“Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger, Out where the smile dwells a little longer, That’s where the West begins.”

—Arthur Chapman, “Out Where the West Begins” (1916)

“When I make a vow to God, then I would suggest to you that’s even stronger than a handshake in Texas.”

—Rick Perry

“The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace.”

—Jhumpa Lahiri

“Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.”

—Paul Celan

“There is not a soul who does not have to beg alms of another, either a smile, a handshake, or a fond eye.”

—Lord Acton

“The love the land because it is their own And scorn to give aught other reason why; Would shake hands with a king upon his throne, And think it kindness to his Majesty.”

—Fitz-Greene Halleck, “Connecticut” (1847)

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