Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin.... Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. (1846, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). About Catherine of Medici, First published in book form as Catherine de Medici expliquée, Souverain (1843), It was subsequently included in the Conte et romans philosophiques, in the Etudes philsophique, and finally in the Comédie humaine.
King Charles IX says he quotes Coligny.)
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.)