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Brother Quotes can evoke a lot of feelings. A brother can be your best friend, your rival, your support, or the bane of your childhood. But one thing is certain: if you have a brother, he has affected the person you became.

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One of the most famous of all brother quotations is this simple line that says so much, originally from a novel The sparrow later used as the motto for Father Flanagan's Boys' Town and later still made into a song by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell (The Hollies) and recorded by Neil Diamond.

He ain't heavy; he's my brother.

Then there is the power and pain in this very simple brother quote, expressing the feelings of Jermaine Jackson on the death of his brother, Michael Jackson.

I wish it were me.

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In the following brother quotes, some are sentimental, some are courageous. Some are sad or philosophical or pithy. And a few are just plain funny. Here are some of my favorite brother quotes.

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

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.
Leonardo DiCaprio

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero
Marc Brown

There's no other love like the love for a brother. There's no other love like the love from a brother.
Astrid Alauda

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

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.
Dylan Thomas

A brother is a friend given by Nature.
Jean Baptiste Legouve

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.
James Boswell

Funny Brother Quotes

Well, my brother says Hello. So, hooray for speech therapy.
Emo Phillips

As I was examining my past I realized I started out as a baby. Unfortunatly so did my brother. My mother did not put all of her eggs in a basket so to speak. After I was born, my mother had a new son who taught me the meaning of survival of the fittest.
Bill Cosby

Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger brother Ho-Chan-Chu. But I think it's Colin.
Tim Vine

It's like your little brother trying to get part of the pie. You want to keep him from cutting into the slice you want
Lynn LoPucki

The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother—and they'll settle for a puppy every time.
Winston Pendelton

And of course, when you see your brother in the toilet bowl...there's a little voice that says, 'I wonder where he would go...' ...if it hadn't been for his head...
Bill Cosby

I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.
Stephen Wright

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out his nose.
Garrison Keillor

Some Brother Quotes Show
Mixed Emotions

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.
Anna Quindlan

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.
Gregg Levoy

There's a trail of blood in my youth from all the beatings I took from Randy. He beat up on me regularly and relentlessly.
Dennis Quaid (about his brother Randy Quaid)

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
Tennessee Williams

Brotherhoods are notorious for brother quotes like this one:

All for one and one for all.
The Three Musketeers' slogan, the classic brotherhood

Never make a companion equal to a brother.

The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

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

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and can be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.
St. Francis of Assisi

Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas— that's what my grandma taught me.
Elizabeth Heller

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."
Harmon Killebrew

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

It takes two men to make one brother.
Israel Zangwill

One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras

Visit your Aunt, but not every Day;
and call at your Brother's, but not every night.
Benjamin Franklin

I love my life, but I don't think I'm any happier than my younger brother Andre, who drives a garbage truck.
Chris Rock

We came into the world like brother and brother; And now let's go hand in hand, not one before another.
William Shakespeare

A selection of brother quotes would not be complete without this one from the battlefield:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Shakespeare, King Richard III

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