Whether they go by Grandma and Grandpa, Meemaw and Peepaw, Nana and Grandpop – or as my two-year-old niece calls my parents, Minga and Dodo – there's no question that grandparents are the greatest. And it's not just us saying it – throughout the centuries, countless proverbs and quotations have expressed the importance of grandparents in our lives and the need to cherish their wisdom, experience and love. On Grandparents Day, we remember special grandparents with some of our favorite quotes.
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."– Alex Haley
"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
"One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather."– Joy Hargrove
"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
"If nothing is going well, call your grandmother." – Italian proverb
"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."– Rudolph Giuliani
"Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete."– Marcy DeMaree
"Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap."– Doug Larson
"When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window." – Ogden Nash
"There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson."– Victor Hugo
"Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas are like grand-angels."– Lexie Saige
"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."– Unknown
"Every house needs a grandmother in it."– Louisa May Alcott
"Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you're just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric."– Pam Brown
"You are the sun, Grandma, you are the sun in my life."– Kitty Tsui
Grandpa Sayings and Quotes
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old grandpa quotes, grandpa sayings, and grandpa proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.
To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word boo.
One becomes a grandfather and one sees the world a little differently. Certainly the world becomes a more vulnerable place when one has a grandchild, or now I have two. And I think that possibly there's some tenderness that came out of just time and age and being a parent and grandparent.
C. K. Williams
Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather.
James Earl Jones
To be able to watch your children's children grow up is truly a blessing from above.
A child's eyes light up when they see their Grandpa.
A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart.
Grandchildren don't stay young forever, which is good because grandfathers have only so many horsy rides in them.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
Great fathers get promoted to grandfathers.
A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.