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How many times have you fought with your brother in this lifetime?
There will definitely be a few different answers to this question. Some may say that their brother is their biggest rival. This means that they probably compete in almost everything. And yes, these small competitions may have turned into big fights a few times.
Some would be lucky enough to say that they never fight with their brother. Some would roll their eyes and say that this is impossible, but who knows? There may be brothers who are awesome enough not to get in your way no matter what.
For others, they may remember a fight or two. But what they would remember the most are the moments when there are no fights.
Brothers are definitely special. No matter how many fights you’ve had with them, you’ll have to admit that your life just won’t be the same without them.
Here are some reasons why your brother could be one of the most important people in your life:
He’ll bully your boyfriends.
For girls, this can be such a nightmare. Can you imagine your brother answering the door when your first ever date (whom you’ve been crushing on for months) rings the bell? He’ll probably look at your date from head to toe and blurt out something completely inappropriate. He may threaten and bully them to a point where you just want the ground to swallow you up.
But you know what, men know men. Your brother can take one look at any guy and sniff out the good guys from the bad. And with your brother hoping to protect you (despite him constantly annoying you), he won’t have his sister dating some schmuck who’s only going to break your heart.
He’ll protect you.
Who do you run to when there are kids outside taking your lunch money from you? Whose name do you call when someone’s teasing you?
For some, their dads or moms may come to mind first. But if you have a tough brother, then he’s definitely the one who’ll come running.
Brothers may not be emotional and will not be as sweet to you as a mom or sister would be. But this is where he makes up for all those shortcomings. He’ll probably threaten to beat up the next guy who picks on you, and you’ll eventually be someone no one would want to mess with. They’ll know that a single screech from you would easily make their lives miserable.
He’ll give you the best laughs.
You’ve probably rolled your eyes at your brother a few times. For some reason, brothers are equipped with this innate sense of humor that will keep your tummy aching for hours. It may be in the form of a practical joke he’ll play on you. He would also have a hundred jokes running through his brain every hour. His wittiness is something that both amazes and annoys you, and you wonder what could happen if he put all that brain juice into something more productive.
As annoying as your brother’s antics may be, somewhere down the line, these are the things you’ll remember the most. You’re all going to sit around the dinner table one day, with your own families in tow, all of them laughing as you share stories about how silly your brother was when you guys were younger. Trust me, these are the kinds of stories your children and grandchildren will look forward to hearing.
He’ll blackmail you.
If there’s one thing brothers are good at, it’s spying and stalking.
Your brother will always be the one who catches you when you’re sneaking out. He’s going to be the one reading your chat conversations with your friends, and he’ll know in an instant who you’re crushing on at the moment. He’ll know that you failed that exam and stashed the paper under your mattress. And once he needs something from you, he’ll use all that against you.
Yes, brothers can be master manipulators. He’ll use everything he has on you for you to give in to his demands. It can costs you an extra buck or two every week, or you may give in to him borrowing your iPad for an entire week. Whatever it takes to shut him up and keep him from revealing your deepest, darkest secrets.
You may see your brother as the bad guy every so often, but beneath the surface, he’s a softie who loves you to the ends of the earth. He may be fighting with you all the time, but he just may be the first one who comes running when it’s other people fighting with you.
Brothers are truly treasures that you’ll keep forever. If you want to think about just how important your brother is to you, the quotes below can be a huge help:
“Oh, brothers! I don’t care for brothers. My elder brother won’t die, and my younger brothers seem never to do anything else.” – Oscar Wilde
“Because brothers don’t let each other wander in the dark alone.” – Jolene Perry
“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 Quindlen
“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” – Marc Brown
“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
“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.” – Maya Angelou
“Mum used to say we were the same soul split in two and walking around on four legs. It seems unnatural being born together and then dying apart.” – Melodie Ramone
“She had always wanted a brother. And she had one now. Sebastian. It was like always wanting a puppy and being a hellhound instead.” – Cassandra Clare
“The younger brother must help to pay for the pleasures of the elder.” – Jane Austen
“When brothers agree, no fortress is as strong as their common life.” – Antisthenes
“After a girl is grown, her little brothers — now her protectors — seem like big brothers.” – Terri Guillemets
“The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out his nose.” – Garrison Keillor
“It takes two men to make one brother.” – Israel Zangwill
“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Being his real brother I could feel I live in his shadows, but I never have and I do not now. I live in his glow.” – Michael Morpurgo
“Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.” – Susan Scarf Merrell
“Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.” – Hindu Proverb
“There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” – Edwin Markham
“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
“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
“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-Exupery
“Nothing can stop me from loving my brother.” – Brandy Norwood
“I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom.” – Bob Hope
“All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.” – Chief Joseph
“If you want to know how your girl will treat you after marriage, just listen to her talking to her little brother.” – Sami Levenson
“There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda
“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 grief and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” – Clara Ortega
“My sister was drowning in the ocean once, and my brother and I dove in and saved her. True story. She owes us her life. It’s great leverage; we abuse it all the time!” – Matt Barr
“I grew up with a younger brother, so I can get pretty rowdy.” – Sarah Wynter
“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 sibling may be the keeper of one’s identity, the only person with the keys to one’s unfettered, more fundamental self.” – Marian Sandmaier
“Never make a companion equal to a brother.” – Hesiod
“If you have a brother or sister, tell them you love them every day – that’s the most beautiful thing. I told my sister how much I loved her every day. That’s the only reason I’m OK right now.” – AmauryNolasco
“I hated Chris, my brother. I would pull his hair and kick him, until one day my father gave him permission to fight back. I’ll be apologizing to him for the rest of my life.” – Stevie Nicks
“I was a tomboy and I didn’t have a bunch of brothers but I always wanted them and so I sort of adopted a few of my great friends to be my brother.” – Olivia Wilde
“My big brother still thinks he’s a better singer than me.” – Rod Stewart
“I can’t work with my brother without laughing.” – Dick van Dyke
“My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can’t be.” – Robert Mapplethorpe
“Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply.” – Jane Austen
“Brothers aren’t simply close; brothers are knit together.” – Robert Rivers
“There is no love like the love for a brother. There is no love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda
“The crest and crowning of all good, life’s final star, is brotherhood.” – Edwin Markham
“The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“The mystical bond of brotherhood makes all men brothers.” – Thomas Carlyle
“United we stand, divided we fall.” – Aesop
“Half the time when brothers wrestle, it’s just an excuse to hug each other.” – James Patterson
“A sibling is the lens through which you see your childhood.” – Ann Hood
“There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession.” – Mark Twain
“When brothers agree, no fortress is as strong as their common life.” – Antisthenes
“If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.” – Epictetus
“Your brother is always the first male friend you will have in your life.” – Ritu Ghatourey
“True brothers are never blood-related. But born of the spirit.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“Stop for a moment and realize how lucky you are to have one.” – Maxime Lagacé
“Once a brother, always a brother, no matter the distance, no matter the difference and no matter the issue.” – Byron Pulsifer
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
“You are not my friend, you are my brother, my friend.” – Jaroslaw Jarzabowski
“The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
“Equality lies only in human moral dignity… Let there be brothers first, then there will be brotherhood, and only then will there be a fair sharing of goods among brothers.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“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
“We may look old and wise to the outside world. But to each other, we are still in junior school.” – Charlotte Gray
“When I had money everyone called me brother.” – Polish proverb
“Every person whether he is Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist, he is my brother, my sister.” – Mother Teresa
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – John Paul II
“It’s better that we feel something for each other rather than behave like corpses toward one another, the more so because as long as one has no real right to be called a corpse by being legally dead, it smacks of hypocrisy or at least childishness to pose as such.” – Vincent Van Gogh
“I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.” – Malcolm X
“Most families had four, five brothers. But because it was just me and Darryl, we had to be twice as strong.” – Barry White
“My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight.” – John F. Kennedy
“There’s a lot of times that both myself and my brother wish, obviously, that we were just completely normal.” – Prince Harry
“We came into the world like brother and brother, and now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.” – William Shakespeare
“Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Everyone knows that if you’ve got a brother, you’re going to fight.” – Liam Gallagher
“My brother is really, really slow.” – Usain Bolt
“It’s rare to have a best friend who is also your brother and also an NFL football player, and he knows exactly what I’m talking about.” – Eli Manning
“I’m the opposite of jealous.” – Eli Manning
“Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery.” – Peyton Manning
“I’m the best Manning.” – Peyton Manning
“Big Brother is watching you.” – George Orwell
“A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.” – Benjamin Franklin
“In time of test, family is best.” – Burmese proverb
“A brother is a friend given by Nature.” – Jean Baptiste Legouve
“It is our suffering that brings us together.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
“God blesses him who helps his brother.” – Ahmad Shah Massood
“Your brother is your alter ego. Your friend and sometimes your hero.” – Maxime Lagacé
“We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass
“All men are brothers.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“Two happy days are seldom brothers.” – Bulgarian proverb
“Maybe one is enough.” – Swati Avasthi
“Treat your superior as a father, your equal as a brother, and your inferior as a son.” – Persian proverb
“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” – Baron de Montesquieu
“He will make you cry but also make you laugh. He will make you scream but also dream.” – Maxime Lagacé
“I believe in one thing, that only a life lived for others is a life worth living.” – Albert Einstein
“Sibling relationships – and % of Americans have at least one – outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of distance and closeness, warmth, loyalty and distrust.” – Erica E. Goode
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville
“Sisters and brothers are the truest, purest forms of love, family and friendship, knowing when to hold you and when to challenge you, but always being a part of you.” – Carol Ann Albright Eastman
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” – Desmond Tutu
“Grant us brotherhood, not only for this day but for all our years – a brotherhood not of words but of acts and deeds.” – Stephen Vincent Benet
“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.” – Victor Hugo