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Words of Inspiration: Brothers

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a brother

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Updated April 11, 2014

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a brother. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Jane Austen, English author
What strange creatures brothers are!

Vietnamese proverb
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.

Author unknown
A friend is a brother who was once a bother.

Solomon, King of Israel and prophet
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Rudyard Kipling, English author
One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.

Bill Cosby, American comedian
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."

Susan Scarf Merrell, American author, editor and professor
Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.

William Wordsworth, English poet
How fast has brother followed brother,
From sunshine to the sunless land!

Author unknown
I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see.
I sought my God, but my God eluded me.
I sought my brother and I found all three.

James Boswell, Scottish lawyer and author
I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.

Clara Luz Zúñiga Ortega, Spanish author
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.

Bonaro Overstreet, American poet and psychologist
We are not only our brother's keeper; in countless large and small ways, we are our brother's maker.

Israel Zangwill, English author
It takes two men to make one brother.

Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player
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."

Hesiod, Greek poet
Never make a companion equal to a brother.

Marc Brown, American author and illustrator
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.

Author unknown
It was nice growing up with someone like you -- someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on!

Gregg Levoy, American author and speaker
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.

Maya Angelou, American poet and author
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.

Anna Quindlen, American journalist and author
There is a little boy inside the man who is my brother... Oh, how I hated that little boy. And how I love him too.

Hindu proverb
Help your brother's boat across, and your own will reach the shore.

Gabriel Jean Baptiste Ernest Wilfrid Legouvé, French playwright
A brother is a friend given by Nature.

Author unknown
A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.

Catherine Pulsifer, Canadian author
As we grew up, my brothers acted like they didn't care,
but I always knew they looked out for me and were there!

Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and author
I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.

Norman Fitzroy Maclean, American English professor and author
Yet even in the loneliness of the canyon I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help. We are probably those referred to as "our brother's keepers," possessed of one of the oldest and possible one of the most futile and certainly one of the most haunting instincts. It will not let us go.

Antisthenes, Greek philosopher
When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.

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