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Grandfather Quotations

Sample These Opinions About What Makes a Grandpa Special


Grandfathers sometimes get shortchanged in favor of grandmothers, but in truth they make powerful, even indelible, impressions on their grandchildren. Some of these grandfather quotations demonstrate that principle. Others are more of a humorous look at grandpas. Enjoy!

  • Victor Hugo, French novelist
    "There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson."
  • Robert Brault, writer
    "To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word boo."
  • Steven Wright, comedian
    "When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in a closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator practice."
  • Jill Milligan, author of Grandma Rules
    "Grandmothers and grandfathers each have their favorite spots to shop for their grandkids. Grandmothers go to malls. Grandfathers go to ATMs."
  • William Shakespeare, British playwright
    "Good old grandsire ... we shall be joyful of thy company."
  • Michael Milligan, author of Grandpa Rules
    "When the chips are down, grandmothers can be counted on to do whatever's necessary. When the chips are down for grandfathers, we just go into the kitchen and get more chips."
  • Brad Pitt, actor
    "I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said, 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted, 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?'"
  • Bill Clinton, former U.S. President
    "If you want to know where I come by the passionate commitment I have to bringing people together without regard to race, it all started with my grandfather."
  • Louis Adamic, author and translator
    "My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn."
  • Mickey Mantle, baseball player
    "My dad taught me to switch-hit. He and my grandfather, who was left-handed, pitched to me every day after school in the back yard. I batted lefty against my dad and and righty against my grandad."
  • Lewis Mumford, historian and writer
    "Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers."
  • Indira Gandhi, Indian prime minister
    "My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there."

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