If you’re lucky enough to have a brother in your life, these brotherhood quotes will keep you humble and remind you of the beauty of family and friendship that we often take for granted.
The friends we make in life as men can make or break us. Brothers and cousins that are related to us by blood, as well as friends, and other humans on this earth, are the people that we can rely on and trust.
Why is brotherhood important?
Your brothers are the ones that ride the waves of life through you, no matter how exciting or difficult certain moments can be. A “brother” — whatever that means to you — is someone who can be seen as a strong, positive role model. Someone who is there to back you up, but also someone who can hold you accountable when you make mistakes.
Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and memorable brotherhood quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
Brotherhood quotes on the value of family and friendship
1. “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
2. “Never hold resentments for the person who tells you what you need to hear; count them among your truest, most caring, and valuable friends.” ― Mike Norton, Just Another War Story
3. “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, Private Peaceful
4. “I love you, my brother, whoever you are – whether you worship in a church, kneel in your temple, or pray in your mosque. You and I are children of one faith, for the diverse paths of religion are fingers of the loving hand of the one supreme being, a hand extended to all, offering completeness of spirit to all, eager to receive all.” ― Kahlil Gibran
5. “None of you believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” ― Prophet Muhammad
6. “Bond is stronger than blood. The family grows stronger by bond.”― Itohan Eghide
7. “Although I hadn’t seen him in more than ten years, I know I’ll miss him forever.” ― Stand By Me
8. “Brotherhood is the good deed, service to others. Brotherhood is food, shelter and rainment, yes, but it is also the word of hope, the pat on the back, the open door, the warm hearth.” ― P. L. Prattis
9. “There is no love like the love for a brother. There is no love like the love from a brother.” ― Astrid Alauda
10. “There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young!” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
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Brotherhood quotes on who your brother is
11. “You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace.” ― Max Lerner
12. I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone? ― Stand By Me
13. “You take up for your buddies, no matter what they do. When you’re a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don’t stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn’t a gang anymore. It’s a pack. A snarling, distrustful, bickering park like the Socs in their social clubs or the street gangs in New York or the wolves in the timber.” ― S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
14. “Woody once risked his life to save mine, and I couldn’t call myself his friend if I wasn’t willing to do the same.” ― Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
15. “You just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean onI just might have a problem that you’ll understand. We all need somebody to lean on” ― Lean on Me, Bill Withers
16. “I dream that someday you will return to Kabul and revisit the land of our childhood. If you do, you will find an old faithful friend waiting for you.” ― The Kite Runner, Khaled Husseini
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17. “You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.” ― Faith Baldwin
18. “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” ― John F. Kennedy
19. “I may not be my brother’s keeper, but I am my brother’s brother.” ― Jeffrey R. Holland
20. “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
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Brotherhood quotes that will make you think differently
21. “Christians are my brothers, Hindus are my brothers, all of them are my brothers. We just think different and believe different.” ― Muhammad Ali
22. “By practicing brotherhood, we set a good example for those around us and in return we feel a sense of self-fulfillment for having aided a fellow human being.” ― Kathy Bartilson
23. “You cannot see brotherhood; neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is the pat on the back when things look gloomy. It is the smile of encouragement when the way seems hard. It is the helping hand when the burden becomes unbearable.” ― Peter E. Terzick
24. “When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.” ― Kahlil Gibran
25. “People are realizing that color has no bearing on what’s known as brotherhood.” ― Omar Epps
26. “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” ― Marc Brown
27. “The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” ― Jane Wyman
28. “Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.” ― Max Lerner
29. “There was one time when we were children. He transformed himself into a snake, and he knows that I love snakes. So I went to pick up the snake to admire it, and he transformed back into himself and he was like, ‘Blech, it’s me!’ And he stabbed me. We were 8 at the time.” ― Thor on Loki, The Avengers
30. “Sooner or later, all the peoples of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brotherhood quotes to remind you that you’re not alone
31. “Give bread to a stranger, in the name of the universal brotherhood which binds together all men under the common father of nature.”― Marcus Fabius Quintilianus
32. “The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.” ― Tennessee Williams
33. “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.”― John Lennon
34. “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
35. “It is doubtless true that men are bad because they are unhappy. If anyone could give them real happiness, the happiness of brotherhood, they would all want to live the true and brotherly life.” ― Edwin Markham
36. “No guns but only brotherhood can resolve the problems.” ― Atal Bihari Vajpayee
37. “I’m Native American, so it’s in my blood to always want brothers and friends. I’m a good brotherhood guy.” ― Duane Chapman
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38. “We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.” ― Arlen Specter
39. “Because brothers don’t let each other wander in the dark alone.” ― Jolene Perry
40. “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” ― Booker T. Washington
Other inspirational brotherhood quotes
41. “The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.” ― Jane Wyman
42. “We were homies, but you will always be a brother to me. So close, we always gave each other kiss on the cheek.” ― Cuban Link, Flowers For The Dead
43. “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
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44. “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
45. “Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man’s survival.” ― Carlos P. Romulo
46. “The world is now too small for anything but brotherhood.” ― Arthur Powell Davies
47. “Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.” ― Thomas Carlyle
48. “I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.” ― Unknown
49. “So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ― Baha’u’llah
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50. “The crest and crowning of all good, life’s final star, is Brotherhood.” ― Edwin Markham
What did you learn from these brotherhood quotes?
If you’re looking to find the words to describe your brothers, then hopefully these brotherhood quotes have given you some inspiration. A brother does not need to be someone who has the same parent(s) as you. A brother is a person you can turn to when you can’t talk to others. It could be someone you’ve known since childhood or someone you met later in life.
Brothers are the men that are physically, mentally, and emotionally supportive, especially in a time when toxic masculinity makes it hard for men to be in touch with their true selves. Without brotherhood, it would be difficult for people to navigate the obstacles that life presents us.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these brotherhood quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
January 24, 2020 7:00 AM EST