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Famous quotes containing the word hold:

    I hold the olive in my hand. My words are as full of peace as matter.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    I N take thee M to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
    Book Of Common Prayer, The. Solemnization of Matrimony, “Betrothal,” (1662)

    A glimpse through an interstice caught,
    Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a barroom around the stove late of a winter night, and I unremarked seated in a corner,
    Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand,
    A long while amid the noises of coming and going, of drinking and
    oath and smutty jest,
    There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little,
    perhaps not a word.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)