I went to my father's at night. He spoke of poor John [Boswell's brother] with disgust. I was shocked and said, "He's your son, and God made him." He answered very harshly, "If my sons are idiots, can I help it?"
(James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Laird of Auchinleck, August 7, 1782, p. 467, McGraw-Hill (1977).)
It is with our brothers and sisters that we learn to love, share, negotiate, start and end fights, hurt others, and save face. The basis of healthy (or unhealthy) connections in adulthood is cast during childhood.
(Jane Mersky Leder (20th century), U.S. magazine writer, author. Brothers and Sisters, ch. 3 (1991).)
Comes from a fine family. So she tells me. Brother's a priest, all that. But, you know, death, disaster, unfortunate investments. One day she's a little princess, up on the hill. Next, she's down there, working the bars for the best she can.
(Peter Prince, British screenwriter, and Stephen Frears. Harry (Bill Hunter), The Hit, about his young lover.)
I swear ... to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.
(Hippocrates (c. 460-c. 370 B.C.), Greek physician. "The Hippocratic Oath.")
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my fingers upon thee!
(Quentin Tarantino, U.S. screenwriter and director, and Roger Avary. Jules (Samuel Jackson), Pulp Fiction, from Ezekiel 25:17, the Bible passage professional hit man Jules (Samuel Jackson) likes to quote before dispatching a victim (1994).)
The pickings are pretty slim when you have to play the part of a housewife who doesn't go out of her apartment because she's afraid she's going to get mugged, or a woman who turns into her brother, who is a murderer.
(Shirley MacLaine (b. 1934), U.S. actor and social/political activist. As quoted in Ms. magazine, p. 55 (February 1975).
MacLaine, a major U.S. movie actress, was referring to two of her recent roles: in Desperate Characters and The Possession of Joel Delaney. She was making the point that there were many more good roles available to actors than to actresses.)