Inspiring Quotes and Sayings About Grandparents

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Words can't ever totally express how much someone means to us, but language can still provide comfort,  hope, and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here is a select collection of quotes that will surely resonate if you've experienced the death, dying, and grief caused by the loss of a grandmother or grandfather.

Quotes About Grandparents

You might find these quotes helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

 

Erma Bombeck, American humorist and author:

"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween."

 

Author unknown:

"Grandpas always have time for you when everyone else is too busy."

 

Charles W. Shedd, American Presbyterian minister and author:

"Some of the world's best educators are grandparents."

 

Louisa May Alcott, American author:

"A house needs a grandma in it."

 

Welsh proverb:

"Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild."

 

Alex Haley, American author:

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."

 

Ogden Nash, American poet:

"When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window."

 

Abraham Lincoln, American president:

"I don't know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

 

Irish proverb:

"You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was."

 

Author unknown:

"A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend."

 

Phyllis Theroux, American teacher and author:

"We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence. Grandmother was that person to me."

 

Jimmy Carter, American president:

"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."

 

Author unknown:

"Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies."

 

Susan Strasberg, American actress:

"I loved their home. Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma had baked itself into the furniture."

 

Victor Hugo, French author and poet:

"There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson."

 

Author unknown:

"Grandmother–grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love."

 

Margaret Mead, American anthropologist:

"Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being."

 

Rudolph Giuliani, American politician:

"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."

 

Jay Kesler, American author:

"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."

 

Author unknown:

"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."

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