Gregg Levoy, author of “Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life” said “He is my most beloved friend and my bitterest rival, my confidant and my betrayer, my sustainer and my dependent, and scariest of all, my equal.” He’s talking about his brother. You may have thought of felt the same for your brother. Those of us who are lucky to have a big brother would appreciate this collection of big brother quotes.
10. My brother, the superhero
It is not unheard of that younger brothers or sisters fall in hero worship of their big brothers. And this hero worship usually comes from mutual love and respect between siblings. As Terri Guillemets, and American quotation anthologist puts it, “There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.”
9. You can’t choose your family
Children can’t choose who their parents and siblings are. And that’s the reason why it still entails work for each member of the family for loving and supportive relationships to develop. America best-selling author and poet, Maya Angelou once said, “I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”
8. A brother is someone to share life’s journey with
Susan Scarf Merrell, American author and editor, was very wise to make this observation: “Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.” It is up to us to make the most of every moment spent with our siblings because as we grow older, there will be many partings in the years to come.
7. Growing up together
Harmon Killebrew, the famous American professional baseball player shares a personal anecdote that enriches this quote from Hesiod. He said, “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass”; “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys”.”
6. “A brother is a friend given by nature.”
This very endearing quote, “A brother is a friend given by Nature” was from Gabriel Marie Jean Baptiste Legouve, a 19th century French poet. Nature is generous to those of us blessed with brothers, indeed.
5. My brother, my best friend
Here are two memorable quotes that would definitely remind us who our first best friend in childhood was. DylanThomas (poet and writer) wrote, “It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.” Leonardo Dicaprio (actor and activist) supplements this aspect of brotherhood with this observation: “Brothers don’t necessarily have to say anything to each other- they can sit in a room and be together and just be completely comfortable with each other.”
4. I love my brother despite
There will always be quarrels, misunderstandings, and even petty wars. But there will always be love, and that’s what being siblings is really all about.
3. My brother rocks
Catherine Pulsifer, inspirational writer, shared something about growing up with brothers: “As we grew up, my brothers acted like they didn’t care, but I always knew they looked out for me and were there!” Big brother may seem aloof and too cool, but sibling love is stronger than appearances, and eventually it will come forth.
2. Big little brother
Bill Cosby, the comedian, actor, and educator has very fond memories of his younger brother. “As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by ‘survival of the fittest.’”
1. No other love
Clara Ortega, a source of many inspirational quotations says, “To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” This bond strengthens the bond between us and our brother and strengthens the love that we share.