Listen, sister. I don't dance and I can't take time out now to learn.
(Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Lt. Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), They Were Expendable, reply to nurse Lt. Sandy Davis (Donna Reed), who invites him to a dance (1945).
Based on the book by William L. White.)
Love is the sister to Truth, but they differ in two ways. You must go to Truth to find her. She will never come looking for you. However, you are never to go looking for her sister Love. Love will find you in your own divine timing, when you are ready for her. So don't look, she will come. She always does.
Younger sisters are almost different beings from elder ones, but thank God it is quite and unaffectedly without repining or envy that I see my elder sister gad about and visit, etc.when I rest at home.
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 68, journal entry, May 22, 1769, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
Burney comments on the more active social life of her unmarried elder sister.)
Sisters, I a'n't clear what you'd be after. Ef women want any rights more'n dey's got, why don't dey jes take 'em, an' not be talkin' about it?
(Sojourner Truth (c. 1777-1883), African American slave; later an itinerant preacher and advocate of various social reforms including abolition, woman suffrage, and temperance. As quoted in The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, part 2: "Book of Life," by Frances W. Titus (1875).
Truth was recounting to Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) and her family what she had said when asked to address a gathering of women's rights advocates. At this time, she was a guest in the home of Stowe, the famous abolitionist author of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Stowe described the visit in "Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl," an article first published in the Atlantic Monthly (April 1863) and reprinted by Titus in this book.)
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).)