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100+ Quotes About Grandparents That Will Warm Your Heart And Soul

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Grandparents are so special. They’re the foundation of the family, are filled with wisdom and kindness, and they always have some sort of candy in their pockets. Whether you call your grandparents, Nonna or Nonno, Mama or Papa, or Nana and Grandpop, they are the best kind of grownups out there. To celebrate the special grandparents in your life, we rounded up some of our favorite quotes on grandparents.

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  1. “Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins.” — Joyce Allston
  2. “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” — Ellen DeGeneres
  3. “Her grandmother, as she gets older, is not fading but rather becoming more concentrated.” — Paulette Bates Alden
  4. “If your baby is “beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time,” you’re the grandma.” — Teresa Bloomingdale
  5. “A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.” — Erma Bombeck
  6. “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” — Alex Haley
  7. “A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.” – Charles and Ann Morse
  8. “I loved their home. Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma had baked itself into the furniture.” — Susan Strasberg
  9. “Grandma serves kisses, counsel, and cookies daily.” –Unknown
  10. “We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence, Grandmother was that person to me.” Phyllis Theroux
  11. “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” –Proverb
  12. I would love to go back and travel the road not taken, if I knew at the end of it I’d find the same set of grandkids. ~Robert Brault
  13. “A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” — Unknown
  14. “Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” –Margaret Mead
  15. “Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.” —Jay Kesler
  16. “If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.” —Italian proverb
  17. “Grandpas always have time for you when everyone else is too busy.” — Unknown
  18. “There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.” —Victor Hugo
  19. “Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.” –Marcy DeMaree
  20. “Have children while your parents are still young enough to take care of them.” — Rita Rudner

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  1. “It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.” — Christopher Morley
  2. “I know you’ve loved me since I was born, but I’ve loved you my whole life.” — Unknown
  3. “Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends — and hardly ever our own grown children.” –Ruth Goode
  4. “Never have children, only grandchildren.” –Gore Vidal
  5. “Grandparents should play the same role in the family as an elder statesman can in the government of a country. They have the experience and knowledge that comes from surviving a great many years of life’s battles and the wisdom, hopefully, to recognise how their grandchildren can benefit from this.” — Geoff Dench
  6. “Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child’s growth as vitamins.” — Joyce Allston
  7. “Most grandmas have a touch of the scallywag. ~Helen Thomson
  8. “Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old; it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother.” — G. Norman Collie
  9. “The history of our grandparents is remembered not with rose petals but in the laughter and tears of their children and their children’s children. It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone. It is in us that their history becomes a future.” — Charles and Ann Morse
  10. “I’m the twinkle in my Grandpa’s eye….” –Unknown
  11. “Some of the world’s best educators are grandparents.” — Charles W. Shedd
  12. “Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.” —Pam Brown
  13. “You are the sun, Grandma, you are the sun in my life.” —Kitty Tsui
  14. “No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.” — Unknown
  15. “If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.” -Regina Brett
  16. “I feel like my grandparents and parents gave me a tremendous amount. And if I can pass some of that on, then I’ll be very happy.” -Caroline Kennedy
  17. “Because (grandparents) are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.” -Jimmy Carter
  18. “Posterity is the patriotic name for grandchildren.” — Art Linkletter
  19. “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” — Desmond Tutu
  20. “Truth be told, being a grandma is as close as we ever get to perfection. The ultimate warm sticky bun with plump raisins and nuts. Clouds nine, ten, and eleven.” —Bryna Nelson Paston
  21. “One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.” —Joy Hargrove
  22. “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” — Rudy Giuliani
  23. “Elephants and grandchildren never forget.” — Andy Rooney
  24. “Grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, wonderful stories and love.” — Unknown
  25. “As you are now so once were we.” — James Joyce
  26. “There is nothing more wonderful than the love and guidance a grandparent can give his or her grandchild.” — Edward Fays
  27. “In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent.” — Don Marquis
  28. “Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy – the mother.” — Claudette Colbert
  29. “Grandparents are the best kind of grownups.” — Unknown
  30. “I don’t intentionally spoil my grandkids. It’s just that correcting them often takes more energy than I have left.” –Gene Perret

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  1. “My grandfather was a wonderful role model. Through him I got to know the gentle side of men.” –Sarah Long
  2. “I’m going to be your grandpa! / I have the biggest smile. / I’ve been waiting to meet you for such a long, long while.” –Billy Crystal
  3. “If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.” –Linda Henley

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  1. “It’s impossible for a grandmother to understand that few people, and maybe none, will find her grandchild as endearing as she does.” –Janet Lanese
  2. “My grandfather was a giant of a man … When he walked, the earth shook. When he laughed, the birds fell out of the trees. His hair caught fire from the sun. His eyes were patches of sky.” –Eth Clifford
  3. “Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” –Unknown
  4. “Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” — Lois Wyse
  5. “Uncles and aunts, and cousins, are all very well, and fathers and mothers are not to be despised; but a grandmother, at holiday time, is worth them all.” –Fanny Fern
  6. “Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent.” — Donald A. Norberg
  7. “When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.” — Ogden Nash
  8. “Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother.” — Edward H. Dreschnack
  9. “The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.” — Unknown
  10. “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” –Sam Levenson
  11. “Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them….” –Jay Kesler
  12. “Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” — Alex Haley
  13. “If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.” — Regina Brett
  14. “A house needs a grandma in it.” –Louisa May Alcott
  15. “The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.” –Dave Barry
  16. “Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.” –Unknown
  17. “To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word ‘boo.’” –Robert Brault

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  1. “A man’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.” –F. W. Nietzsche
  2. “A grandmother is a safe haven.” –Suzette Haden Elgin
  3. “When it seems the world can’t understand, your grandmother’s there to hold your hand.” –Joyce K. Allen Logan
  4. “A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside.” – Unknown
  5. “Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven’t thought of yet.” — Gene Perret
  6. “No one … who has not known that inestimable privilege can possibly realize what good fortune it is to grow up in a home where there are grandparents.” –Suzanne La Follette
  7. “Grandparents are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re there.” — Unknown
  8. “It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.” — Igor Stravinsky
  9. “Being grandparents sufficiently removes us from the responsibilities so that we can be friends.” — Allan Frome
  10. “Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas are like grand-angels.” —Lexie Saige
  11. “A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.” —Unknown
  12. “The old are the precious gem in the center of the household.” — Chinese Proverb
  13. “Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap.” —Doug Larson
  14. “Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” — Mary H. Waldrip
  15. “An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly.” — Gene Perret
  16. “Grandparents make the world a little softer, a little kinder, and a little warmer.” — Unknown
  17. “The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” — Sam Levenson
  18. “My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle” — Henry Youngman
  19. “If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to become one. There is no fun for old people like it.” –Hannah Whithall Smith
  20. “It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother — that’s why the world calls her grandmother.” –Unknown
  21. “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” — Lois Wyse
  22. “Truth be told, being a grandma is as close as we ever get to perfection. The ultimate warm sticky bun with plump raisins and nuts. Clouds nine, ten, and eleven.” – Bryna Nelson Paston
  23. “Children brought up by their grandparents are generally spoiled.” — Sanish Proverb
  24. “Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.” — Lewis Mumford

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  1. “Grandmas and grandpas are grand-angels.” — Terri Guillemets
  2. “Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.” — William Osler
  3. “A grandmother is a safe haven.” — Suzette Haden Elgin
  4. “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  5. “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature / But beautiful old people are works of art.” — Marjory Barslow-Greenbie
  6. “I wish I had the energy that my grandchildren have — if only for self-defense.” –Gene Perret
  7. “No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.” — Unknown

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