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.)
They are our brothers, these freedom fighters.... They are the moral equal of our Founding Fathers and the brave men and women of the French Resistance. We cannot turn away from them, for the struggle here is not right versus left; it is right versus wrong.
(Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Speech, March 1, 1985, to Conservative Political Action Conference, Washington, DC. Speaking My Mind (1989).
On the Nicaraguan contra fighters.)
Now, listen. I want somebody good, and I mean very good, to plant that gun. I don't want my brother coming out of that toilet with just his dick in his hand.
(Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola (b. 1939). Sonny Corleone (James Caan), The Godfather, as plans are made for his brother Michael to kill two men in a restaurant (1972).)
Lift up your hearts, my brothers, high, higher! And don't forget about your legs either! Lift up your legs as well, you good dancers, and better yetstand also on your heads!
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 366, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," sections 17 and 19 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)