Sister Quotes and Sayings

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The relationship that exists between sisters is unlike any other.

Sisters may be women who grew up under the same roof as you or dear friends you form a special bond with.

Sisterhood means having a friend who will be there for life. If she was there from the beginning, you and your sister may share childhood memories that nobody else can connect to or understand in quite the same way.

Your sister may drive you crazy, or she may inspire you.

You may be so close that you have to speak every day, or you might only catch up at big family events. It doesn’t matter what your sister-relationship looks like, even if it is less than perfect.

Your sisters are irreplaceable, and no matter where life takes you, that much will always be true. There will always be opportunities to let your sister know how much she means to you and how important she is.

So with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of all the best sister quotes. Whether it’s her birthday, Sisters Day (the first Sunday in August), or another special day, why not share your favorite and celebrate your special bond together.

Quotes about Sisters

Two sisters dancing together and discussing their unique bond together
“Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.” – Elizabeth Glück

Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it’s your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.

Lisa See

Sisters are like cats. They claw each other all the time but still snuggle up and daydream together.


When traveling life’s journey it’s good to have a sister’s hand to hold on to.


We didn’t want to admit it then, but we were friends. Best friends.

Shannon Celebi

The greatest gift our parents ever gave us was each other.

Four sisters in hiking gear looking down a valley at the River Tay in Scotland
“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” – Margaret Mead

There is no time like the old time, when you and I were young.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Parents die, daughters grow up and marry out, but sisters are for life.

Lisa Lee

Our roots say we’re sisters, our hearts say we’re friends.


If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.

Linda Sunshine

Our siblings push buttons that cast us in roles we felt sure we had let go of long ago – the baby, the peacekeeper, the caretaker, the avoider…. It doesn’t seem to matter how much time has elapsed or how far we’ve traveled.

Jane Mersky Leder
Two sisters from Lagos in matching dresses and headscarves smile together
“My sister and I are so close that we finish each other’s sentences and often wonder who’s memories belong to whom.” – Shannon Celebi

We acquire friends and we make enemies, but our sisters come with the territory.

Evelyn Loeb

Sisters may share the same mother and father but appear to come from different families.


A sister smiles when one tells one’s stories – for she knows where the decoration has been added.

Chris Montaigne

We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge.

Adriana Trigiani

Bond is stronger than blood. The family grows stronger by bond.

Itohan Eghide

Your parents leave you too soon and your kids and spouse come along late, but your siblings know you when you are in your most inchoate form.

Jeffrey Kluger

When mom and dad don’t understand, a sister always will.


A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.

Toni Morrison
Two sisters hugging in a field of wild mountain lavender in Colorado
“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?” – Alice Walker

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.

Carol Saline

Sisters are blessed with an extra sense that whispers when the other needs them.


Sisters are like flowers in the garden of life.


Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply.

Jane Austen

Big Sister Quotes

A big sister teaching her little sister to read from a large, leather-bound book
“A sister is our first friend and second mother.” – Sunny Gupta

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.

Amy Li

You’re a big sister?’ I was shocked. She seemed so good-natured and compassionate.

Natalie Standiford

Elder sisters never can do younger ones justice!

Charlotte M. Yonge

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Charlie Brown

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway.

Barbara Alpert

We are sisters. We will always be sisters. Our differences may never go away, but neither, for me, will our song.

Elizabeth Fishel

We didn’t want to admit it then, but we were friends. Best friends.

Shannon Celebi

You’re not my best friend. You’re my sister, and that’s more.

Jenny Han
A little girl with blonde hair puts her hand under her brother's chin
“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite.” – Elizabeth Fishel

An older sister helps one remain half child, half woman.


An older sister is a friend and defender – a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and a sharer of delights. And sorrows too.

Pam Brown

My sister taught me everything I really need to know, and she was only in sixth grade at the time.

Linda Sunshine

I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.


Little Sister Quotes

A younger sister leans on her older sister's shoulder as they look at the sea
“You can kid the world, but not your sister.” – Charlotte Gray

How the hell do you sum up your sister in three minutes? She’s your twin and your polar opposite. She’s your constant companion and your competition. She’s your best friend and the biggest bitch in the world. She’s everything you wish you could be and everything you wish you weren’t.

M. Molly Backes

If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and cannot catch your eye, she’s wearing your best sweater.

Pam Brown

I know some sisters who only see each other on Mother’s Day and some who will never speak again. But most are like my sister and me… linked by volatile love, best friends who make other best friends ever so slightly less best.

Patricia Volk

That’s the best thing about little sisters: They spend so much time wishing they were elder sisters that in the end they’re far wiser than the elder ones could ever be.

Gemma Gurgess
Two sisters standing shoulder to shoulder by the ocean at Virginia Beach
“You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts. You need her, as she needs you..” – George R.R. Martin

A sister is a friend you don’t have to avoid the truth with.

Michelle Malm

You can’t think how I depend on you, and when you’re not there the colour goes out of my life.

Virginia Woolf

What are sisters for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention.

Claire Cook

Quotes from Famous Sisters

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

You know full well as I do the value of sisters’ affections; there is nothing like it in this world.

Charlotte Brontë

Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow.

Benjamin Disraeli
Twin sisters standing arm in arm in downtown Los Angeles by a white brick wall
“There’s nobody in the world that knows me better than my sister.” – Tia Mowry

I’m the big sister. I want to make sure she has everything, even if I don’t have anything. I love her too much.

Venus Williams

A toast once heard: “To my big sister, who never found her second Easter egg until I’d found my first”.

Robert Brault

A ministering angel shall my sister be.

William Shakespeare

The boughs, without becoming detached from the trunk grow away from it.

Victor Hugo

Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends.

Marilyn Monroe

I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness..

Emily Dickinson

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.

Mary Montague

Brothers and sisters are one of the constant things in the lives of many people.

Richard Branson

What’s the good of news if you haven’t a sister to share it?

James DeVries
Two blonde sisters smiling with their arms around each other for a photo
“When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?” – Pam Brown

Sisterhood and Friendship

When our hair is white, we’ll still have our sister love.

Lisa See

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.

Isadora James

I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends.

James Boswell

If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?

Jodi Picoult
“Side by side or miles apart, sisters will always be connected by heart.” – Unknown

It is strange how sisters can be saviors or strangers and sometimes a bit of both.

Amanda Lovelace

I love the notion of “storm sisters” – soul friends who help us get through life’s most raw and painful transitions.

Jennifer Grant

A sibling may be the keeper of one’s identity, the only person with the keys to one’s unfettered, more fundamental self.

Marian Sandmaier
“The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend.” – Cali Rae Turner

So distant but so close. So different but so similar. That’s why I love my sister.

Maxime Lagacé

How do people make it through life without a sister?

Sara Corpening

Friends grow up and move away. But the one thing that’s never lost is your sister.

Gail Sheeny

I’ve known every love possible, but as the years stretched out, the love I longed for the most is the one I shared with my sister.

Josephine Angelini

To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or a confident… it is to have a soul mate for life.

Victoria Secunda

One’s sister is part of one’s essential self, an eternal presence of ones’ heart, soul and memory.

Susan Cabil
A young girl in a pink dress leaning on her older sister near green bushes
“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way.” – Pamela Dugdale

A sister is a forever friend.


Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.

Susan Scarf Merrell

Sisterly love is, of all sentiments, the most abstract. Nature does not grant it any functions.

Ugo Betti

No life’s worth more than any other, no sister worth less than any brother.

Michael Franti

A sister is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best thing you can be.


More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good!


It was nice to be in such close physical proximity, even though they hadn’t spoken in months, and only via cursory birthday cards and the like. In the end, it didn’t matter. Sisters were sisters.

Emma Straub

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.

Vietnamese Proverb

…she’ll go and fall in love, and there’s an end of peace and fun, and cozy times together.

Louisa May Alcott
A blonde girl leaning on her brunette sister's shoulder as they sit near a lake
“There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you.” – Unknown

We hope you were able to relate to a few of the sister quotes we shared here. Whether funny or heartfelt, these sayings and quotes about sisters are the perfect way to celebrate and recognize a special bond.

Is your favorite missing from our list? Share it with us and all our readers in the comments.

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer and researcher with an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring ideas and tips that help people learn, gro, and inspire others.

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