40 Grandma Quotes to Honor Your Beloved Grammy

Missing your granny? Reminisce and cherish her with these uplifting quotes.

Whether you call her Nana, Meemaw, Abuela, Grammy, Babushka, or Lola—there’s no denying the special role grandmothers play in our lives. She raised one of your parents, and maybe even helped raise you, and did a darn good job. As you make sure to celebrate your grandmother, just as she deserves, these loving grandma quotes are the perfect way to honor her.

Whatever the occasion, in addition to getting a great gift for grandma, share with her one of these uplifting quotes, or use them to remember her life with the rest of the family. For more family quotes, check out these mom quotes, dad quotes, sister quotes, and brother quotes.

The best grandma quotes

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  1. “Grandmotherhood initiated me into a world of play, where all things became fresh, alive, and honest again through my grandchildren’s eyes. Mostly, it retaught me love.” —Sue Monk Kidd
  2. “Every house needs a grandmother in it.” —Louisa May Alcott
  3. “A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” —Unknown
  4. “If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.” —Italian Proverb
  5. “There’s no place like home—except grandma’s house.” —Unknown
  6. “When a child is born, so are grandmothers.” —Judith Levy
  7. “Parent-child relationships are complex. Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.” —Janet Lanese
  8. “It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother.” —Unknown
  9. “Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield.” —Fredrik Backman
  10. Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while…but our hearts forever.” —Unknown
  11. “So, what do I really know about being a grandmother? Well, I remember what I didn’t like as a child. I also loved being a mom, but I have to tell you that being a grandmother has brought a whole new side of life—the fun side—to me.” —Janet Steele

Want to impress grandparents globally? Here’s how to say grandma in different parts of the world.

Sentimental grandma quotes

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  1. “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” —Lois Wyse
  2. “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.’” —Jamie Foxx
  3. “For myself, one of the sweetest words I have ever heard is ‘Nana.’” —Zelda Rosenbaum
  4. “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
  5. “What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars worth of pleasure.” —Gene Perret
  6. “A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories.” —Barbara Cage
  7. “We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence. Grandmother was that person to me.” —Phyllis Grissim-Theroux
  8. “A garden of love grows in a grandmother’s heart.” —Unknown
  9. “A grandmother thinks of her grandchildren day and night, even when they are not with her. She will always love them more than anyone would understand.” —Karen Gibbs
  10. “If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them, and celebrate them while you can.” —Regina Brett

Loving these grandma quotes so far? Next, check out these funny family quotes.

Funny grandma quotes

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  1. “As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.” —Prince William
  2. “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 Whitall Smith
  3. “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” —Sam Levenson
  4. “Being pretty on the inside means you don’t hit your brother and you eat all your peas—that’s what my grandma taught me.” —Lord Chesterfield
  5. “The best babysitters, 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
  6. “If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.” —Linda Stewart Henley
  7. “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” —Proverb
  8. “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” —Ellen DeGeneres
  9. “A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.” —Unknown
  10. “Grandmas don’t just say ‘that’s nice’—they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money’s worth out of grandmas.” —Unknown

Keep the laughter coming with these funny quotes.

Wise grandma quotes

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  1. “Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next, you are all-wise and prehistoric.” —Pam Brown
  2. “Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” —Michael Pollan
  3. “A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.” —Lois Wyse
  4. “It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.” —Christopher Morley
  5. “Every parent knows that children look at their grandparents as sources of wisdom and security.” —David Jeremiah
  6. “My grandma once said that grief is the price we pay for love.” —Prince William
  7. “To all of the grandmothers who make the world more gentle, more tolerant, and more safe for our children: Never doubt your importance.” —Mary-Lou Rosengren
  8. “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
  9. “Grandmothers are voices of the past and role models of the present. Grandmothers open the doors to the future.” —Helen Ketchum

Quinn Fish
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