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Words of Inspiration: Sisters

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

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Updated May 23, 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 sister. 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.

Emily Dickinson, American poet (who had one sister)
I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one might not leave such stillness.

Author unknown
Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends.

Victoria Secunda, American psychologist and author
To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or a confident... it is to have a soulmate for life.

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.

Isadora James, American author
A sister is a gift to the heart,
A friend to the spirit,
A golden thread to the meaning of life.

Benjamin Disraeli, British politician and author
Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.

Linda Sunshine, American author
If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.

Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist
Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Toni Morrison, American author
A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves -- a special kind of double.

Author unknown
Sister to sister we will always be,
A couple of nuts off the family tree.

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.

Jodi Picoult, American author
If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?

Barbara Alpert, American author
She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.

Margaret Mead, American anthropologist and author
Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.

Author unknown
A sister is one of the nicest things that can happen to anyone.

Pam Brown, Australian author and poet
Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers.

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.

Author unknown
Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English author
There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.

William Shakespeare, English playwright
A ministering angel shall my sister be.

Charlotte Gray, English author and professor
You can kid the world, but not your sister.

Marion C. Garretty, "author"
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.

Carol Saline, American journalist, broadcaster and author
Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.

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

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