In 2009 with the first 5 of my grandchildren.
Only 1 grandson back then, but now equal at 5 of each
These grandmother quotes are all positive words of love and inspiration about the wonderful blessing of being a grandmother. Of course there are many other names used for grandmothers: grandma, granny, grams, mema, nan, nana, nanny etc.. so just replace the authors use with your own special name. There is also a page of Grandmother sayings from unknown sources.
I became a ‘Nanny’ when I was 36. My first grandchild was a tremendous blessing at a difficult time in my life, she was actually due on my 37th birthday, but put in an early appearance just before Christmas 1997. On the day she was born I felt such joy and inspired to write a ‘Letter From Your Newborn.’ At the time I didn’t think much of, but in more recent years I have discovered I was actually writing about the Law of Attraction before I had heard of it and of how our subconscious minds are programmed by everything we absorb in those early years.
I am now the very proud grandmother of ten beautiful grandchildren, ranging from 20 years to 3, and it is through watching these jewels – grow, develop, interact, learn, play – that I have learnt so much myself. Being a grandparent enables you to be a loving part of their life, without the responsibility that can cause strain, worry and sometimes be overwhelming for parents. You are free to enjoy your moments with them, appreciating every little thing they say and do. Grandchildren truly are beautiful treasures to behold as the years speed by.
quotes are listed alphabetically by surname
Grandmother Quotes: A
Louise May Alcott 1832 – 1888
A house needs a grandma in it.
Grandmother Quotes: B
Elizabeth Berg 1948
Obviously there was something to this grandmother business. So far as I could tell, it was like being Queen of England, minus the inconvenience of having to wear a crown.
Grandmother and grandchild discussing a common interest are exactly the same age.
Lisa Birnbach 1957
Grandmother: The true power behind the power.
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.
Erma Bombeck 1927 – 1996
A grandmother pretends she doesn’t know who you are on Halloween.
Pam Brown 1948
Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.
Grandmothers and grandchildren have a lot in common. They are inclined to straggle behind on walks. They doze off at unexpected moments. They like fancy cakes. They are very fond of cats and know how to talk to them. They are given to falling over. They get the giggles.
It’s very hard on you, when you are struggling to learn the rules – even of rebellion – to be saddled with a Grandma who has outlived those rules. And sits on a wall when her feet ache. And laughs too loudly in the cinema. And talks to strangers at bus shelters, and to waiters.
When we run out of ideas, when we run out of steam, when we run out of hope – who has ideas and steam and hope to spare?… Grandma!
Lorna Byrne 1953
The helplessness, vulnerability and perfection of a new baby frequently helps parents and grandparents to learn to love themselves and others.
Grandmother Quotes: C
A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories. She remembers all your accomplishments and forgets all of your mistakes.
Judy Langford Carter
I was an angel in her eyes, no matter what the facts were, no matter what anyone else happened to think.
Grandmother Quotes: D
Whenever I see my grandkids, I have an uncontrollable urge to fling open my arms, excitedly shout their name and scoop them up.
Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
When trying to determine the difference between a negative and a positive force, ask yourself, “How will I feel when my mother and grandmother read about this in the front page of the newspaper?”
Edward H. Dreschnack
Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother.
I love to hold your hands, Grandma. They lead me back to the time before I began.
Grandmother Quotes: E
Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
Suzette Haden Elgin 1936 – 2015
A Grandmother is a safe haven.
Grandmother Quotes: F
James E. Faust 1920 – 2997
I have been grateful for the influence of my Grandmother and my Grandfather in my life. I remember my Grandmother as a queenly woman. My Father could be stern, and my Grandparents would remind him that we were just boys.
Fanny Fern 1811 – 1872
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.
The kind, sweet souls who love, cherish, inspire and protect their grandchildren are not Guardian Angels… they are Grandmothers.
Jamie Foxx 1967
My grandmother would say, “Make sure you look good. Make sure you speak well. Make sure you remain that Southern gentleman that I’ve taught you to be.”
Grandmother Quotes: G
Marion C. Garretty 1917
Grandchildren are the best excuse I know to do all the undignified things that are so much fun.
Victoria Graham (age 8)
My nanny is like a treasure to me and I keep her safe in a special place in my heart. Nanny has me under a spell to keep me good, it cannot be broken.
Grandmother Quotes: H
If God intended us to follow recipes, he wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.
When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will be healed.
Victor Hugo 1802 – 1885
If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother.
Grandmother Quotes: K
Grandmothers are voices of the past and role models of the present. Grandmothers open the doors to the future.
My children with their paternal grandmother & great-grandmothers (approx 1989)
Sue Monk Kidd 1948
Grandmother initiated me into a world of play. Where all things become fresh, alive and honest again through my grandchildren’s eyes. Mostly it retaught me love.
Grandmother Quotes: L
Janet Lanese 1936 – 2011
Grandma’s home is her grandchildren’s second home, a sort of security blanket they can escape to when the world is unfriendly.
Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple… Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.
Grandmothers are like snowflakes, no two are alike.
It’s impossible for a grandmother to understand that few people, and maybe none, will find her grandchild as endearing as she does.
Whether she is a homemaker or career woman, all a grandmother wants is her family’s love and respect as a productive individual who has much to contribute.
When a child is born… so are grandmothers.
Joyce K. Allen Logan
When it seems the world can’t understand, your grandmother’s there to hold your hand.
my children with their grandmother (1986)
Joanna Lumley 1946
I love being a grandmother. That feeling you have for your own child – you don’t ever think it will be replicated, and I did wonder if I would have to ‘pretend’ with my grandchildren. But my heart was taken on day one.
Grandmother Quotes: M
For as long as I can remember you were always there. To teach me how to love others, and how to love myself.. And to look for the good in everyone. You were always there to listen, to hold my hand, and to hug me. Your joy for life and nurturing care have been a major influence in my life. Thank you for being my Grandmother.
Margaret Mead 1901 – 1978
The closest friends I made all through life have been people who also grew up close to a loved and loving grandmother and grandfather.
Christopher Morley 1890 – 1957
It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.
Grandmother Quotes: N
Grace Nichols 1950
Please comb my hair
You always take your time
You always take such care
You put me on a cushion
Between your knees
You rub a little coconut oil
Parting gentle as a breeze
You have all the time in the world
And when you’re finished
You always turn my head and say
“Now who’s a nice girl.”
Grandmother Quotes: O
Clara Ortega 1955
Grandmas mustn’t take sides… but there’s nothing to stop them winking.
Grandmother Quotes: P
Bryna Nelson Paston
Truth be told, being a grandma is as close as we ever get to perfection.
Maya V. Patel
Grandma is the person you go to when no one else will listen.
Some moments can only be cured with a big, squishy grandma hug.
Gloria & Julie (1984)
Barty Phillips 1933
My Granddaughter makes me proud to be a Grandmother. She has removed from me the fear of growing old. She is my companion and my friend.
Grandmothers always have time to talk and make you feel special.
My daughter Emma with her paternal Grandmother Gloria (1991)
Grandmothers hold their grandchildren in a special place in their heart.
My grandmother is my Angel on Earth.
Grandmother Quotes: S
Sometimes our Grandmas and Grandpas are like Grand-Angels.
A grandmother always has time for you, even if the rest of the world is busy.
Hannah Whitall Smith 1832 – 1911
If becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you to become one. There is no fun for old people like it.
Grandma and Grandpa, tell me a story and snuggle me with your love. When I’m in your arms, the world seems small and we’re blessed by the Heavens above.
With 2 of my grandchildren, Joey & Amy (2014)
Alexandra Stoddard 1941
Being a mother and grandmother is the best of the best in my life. My grandchildren multiply the joy my daughters bring me.
Grandmother Quotes: T
We should all have one person who knows how to bless us, despite the evidence. Grandmother was that person to me.
Most Grandmas have a touch of scallywag.
Kitty Tsui 1952
You are the sun, Grandma, you are the sun in my life.
Grandmother Quotes: U
Liv Ullmann 1938
An old woman with the soul of a young girl who opened her heart to me, because she felt we were kindred spirits. She recreated the world, making it a wonderful place in which everything might happen. In which a tree or a stone was so much more than what we could see with our eyes. She showed me how the veins in leaves were alive and pulsating.
Soon I will be an old, white haired lady, into whose lap someone places a baby, saying, “Smile, Grandma!” – I, who myself, so recently was photographed on my grandmother’s lap.
Grandmother Quotes: W
Alice Walker 1944
Our mothers and grandmothers… moving to music not yet written.
Rosemary Wells 1943
Nothing can ever take the place of a child running in and out of your home, or of a Granny’s lap to snuggle into.
Prince William 1982
As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.
I always remember having a healthy respect for my grandmother.
Oprah Winfrey 1954
I am where I am today because my grandmother gave me the foundation for success.
Lois Wyse 1926 – 2007
Secreted in the basements and attics of memory are the hidden treasures of family history that only a grandmother can recall, write and hand down.
So, if you have a grandma, thank the Lord above, and give your grandmamma hugs and kisses, for grandmothers are to love.