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Elizabeth Fishel

"A sister is both your mirror -- and your opposite."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"What surprised me was that within a family, the voices of sisters as they're talking are virtually always the same."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"The desire to be and have a sister is a primitive and profound one that may have everything or nothing to do with the family a woman is born to. It is a desire to know and be known by someone who shares blood and body, history and dreams, common ground and the unknown adventures of the future, darkest secrets and the glassiest beads of truth."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"We are each other's reference point at our turning points."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"... sisters define their rivalry in terms of competition for the gold cup of parental love. It is never perceived as a cup which runneth over, rather a finite vessel from which the more one sister drinks, the less is left for the others."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"For both within the family and without, our sisters hold up our mirrors: our images of who we are and of who we can dare to become."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"Every articulate family ... generates its own stories, explanations and myths to illuminate the differences in temperament and talent among its children, the lines of allegiance and influence between parent and child."

Elizabeth Fishel, Sisters: Love and Rivalry Inside the Family and Beyond (1979)

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"Comparison is a death knell to sibling harmony."

Elizabeth Fishel, in People (1980)

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Elizabeth Fishel, U.S. writer`
(1950 - )