What are some good quotes from The Outsiders that explain that the gang is family?
Any good quotes talking about the gang being like family, especially if there is any talking about Johnny only having the gang as a family.
Several of the main characters in The Outsiders consider their greaser buddies as family, particularly Ponyboy and Johnny. Following the death of his parents, Pony relies more and more on his friends since he has problems dealing with older brother Darry. Johnny's home life is terrible; his parents fight and argue all the time, and Johnny is both physically and mentally abused by them. He feels much more at home with Pony, Dally and Two-Bit.
Speaking of his greaser friends, Pony tells us that
We're almost as close as brothers; when you grow up in a tight-knit neighborhood like ours you get to know each other real well.
As for Johnny,
He was the gang's pet, everyone's kid brother... If it hadn't been for the gang, Johnny would never have known what love and affection are.
And just before Johnny and Pony are attacked by the Socs in the park, Pony tries to calm his friend.
"... you got the whole gang."
Not long before Johnny died, Pony tried to cheer both of them up at the hospital. Pony saw that Johnny was dying, and he knew that the gang wouldn't be the same.
"You'll be okay," I said with fake cheerfullness. "You gotta be. We couldn't get along without you."
The truth of that last statement hit me. We couldn't get along without him. We needed Johnny as much as he needed the gang.