Famous Quotes About Sisters

Updated July 27, 2017
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Sisters often share a special bond that's hard to define. With the exception of your parents, no one has known you longer than your sister, and you probably understand each other better than most friends or even significant others. After all, you share a long history together that most people won't quite understand. All of that childhood togetherness makes for a unique relationship, and whether you get along or don't see eye to eye, sisters are special and important in your life.

If you're struggling to express just how you feel about your sister, many writers and philosophers have already tackled the subject. Are you writing a greeting card or letter and want to throw in a few famous quotes about sisters? Maybe your sister is getting married or having a birthday party, and you need to make a toast or speech. Here are some quotes to strike just the right tone for the occasion.


General Quotes About Sisters

Sisters can be fun and aggravating, wonderful and infuriating, but the bonds between siblings are unbreakable. Here are some quotes about sisters and what they mean to each other:

  • "An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counselor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too." - Pam Brown
  • "Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood." - Louisa May Alcott
  • "It's hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own." - Pam Brown
  • "Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer." - Louise Glück
  • "Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship." - Margaret Mead
  • "Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other." - Carol Saline
  • "Sisters share the scent and smells - the feel of a common childhood." - Pam Brown
  • "Sisterhood is powerful." - Robin Morgan
  • "Sisters don't need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks - expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs - that can undermine any tale you're telling." - Pam Brown
  • "The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble." - Clara Ortega
  • “Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it's your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.” - Lisa See
  • “That's the best thing about little sisters: They spend so much time wishing they were elder sisters that in the end they're far wiser than the elder ones could ever be.” - Gemma Burgess
  • "A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double." - Toni Morrison

Sentimental Sayings About Sisters

It can be hard to express all of the love you have for your sister — especially if you had a competitive childhood or don't often see each other in daily life. Try these quotes to get to the heart of the matter:

  • "A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life." - Isadora James
  • "For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands." - Christina Rossetti
  • "Sisters are different flowers from the same garden." - Unknown
  • “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?” - Jodi Picoult
  • “Sister. 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." - Barbara Alpert
  • "Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there." - Amy Li
  • "Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends." - Unknown
  • "A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost." - Marion C Garretty
  • " Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?" - Alice Walker
  • "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." - Clara Ortega
  • "A sister shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams." - Unknown
  • "You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts. You need her, as she needs you." - George R.R. Martin

Funny Quotes About Sisters

Sisters can be allies or rivals. Sometimes they are partners in crime or the one to rat you out, but they will always be our sisters. Let’s have a lighthearted look at the role of sisters.
Here are some funny and famous quotes about sisters:

  • "Never let an angry sister brush your hair." - Unknown
  • "More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good." - Linda Sunshine
  • "Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life." - Charles M. Schulz
  • "Sisters remember things you would rather forget, in graphic detail...With proof." - Unknown
  • "If sisters were free to express how they really feel, parents would hear this: 'Give me all the attention and all the toys and send Rebecca to live with Grandma'." - Linda Sunshine
  • "If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she's wearing your best sweater." - Pam Brown
  • "Sister to sister we will always be, a couple of nuts off the family tree." - Unknown
  • "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." - Linda Sunshine
  • "My sister taught me everything I really need to know, and she was only in sixth grade at the time." - Linda Sunshine
  • "One of the best things about being an adult is the realization that you can share with your sister and still have plenty for yourself." - Betsy Cohen
  • "It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on!" - Unknown
  • You can kid the world, but not your sister." - Charlotte Gray
  • "Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five." - Pam Brown
  • “I finally moved out of my parents' house. It was only fair to let my sister have her own room.” - Kate Winslet

Whether you want to send your sister a note to make her laugh or need help explaining more complicated feelings, a famous quote about the meaning of sisterhood may help you get started. You may even find that it takes more than one to get across the singular nature of your relationship, so choose the ones that speak to you — and share them with your sister today.