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Lillian S. Hawthorne
“Sibling relationships in general are among the earliest and the most lasting relationships in our lives, but they are also among the least understood and the most underestimated.”
“... siblings play a unique and continuing, although changing, role in our lives.”
“Thanks to Freud, the terms sibling and rivalry became virtually attached to each other.”
“Sibling relationships are complicated, ambivalent, powerful, and lasting.”
“The three familial relationships — with our siblings, our parents, and our children — are irrevocable and irreplaceable. A person can be an ex-spouse, ex-friend, or ex-lover, but not an ex-sibling, ex-child, or ex-parent.”
“Our siblings can be allies against parents whenever we, as children, wage our silent, secret, but unavoidable wars against them.”
Lillian S. Hawthorne, U.S. writer
(1924 - 2013)