Best Quotes About Grandparents

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. -Sam Levenson

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

Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches. -Jim Carrey

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed. -Ralph Ellison

The vision of a nation formed from many different peoples bound together by a common love of freedom was staked out long before our lifetimes or even our parents' or grandparents' lifetimes. -Trent Lott

And yes, the Homesteaders, including my grandparents who left behind almost nothing, and arrived in Montana with nothing but the clothes on their back, high hopes, faith in God and dreaming of the future. -Brian Schweitzer

There is a real opportunity right now as parents and grandparents to come up with a plan that leaves our kids with something better than we have; that is, an opportunity to own, build, and grow a nest egg of their own. -Norm Coleman

I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from, and what their grandparents were up to, and I hope they will in their own way continue. I invite anyone else to listen in. -Arthur Hertzberg

I can think of no one that my grandparents knew, that told me stories and that I experienced myself, had any sense of social inferiority growing up in segregated Washington. None whatsoever. -Ed Smith

It was sort of just a family sport. My mom and dad were pretty keen golfers when I was young and so were my grandparents, and I just sort of tagged along with them. -Karrie Webb

My grandparents knew it was important that I understood Christianity and the Bible. But they never took me to church; they sent me to church. -Lee Greenwood

When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British. -Michael King

Because we employ no professional preachers, it means that every sermon or lesson in church is given by a regular member – women and men, children and grandparents. -Clayton M. Christensen

He knew a lot about his grandparents – and perhaps he feels he's been endowed with abilities to go into people's heads who are long dead – but, to a certain extent, he's making it up. -Jeffrey Eugenides

Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience. All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically, but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air. -Blythe Danner

One curious thing about growing up is that you don't only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents' and grandparents' lives come to you. -Philip Pullman

But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker. -Jason Alexander

Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed like the Andrews Sisters. It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house, only it was our generation. -Christian Lacroix

I'd experienced the '40s and '50s by looking at my grandparents' old clothes, books, and magazines. -Christian Lacroix

I enjoyed my grandparents very much. My mother and father would always allow me to stay with them. -Dominic Chianese

My grandparents told endless stories about the town they were from. It became an almost mythic place. -Vincent Schiavelli

The people who have recently come to this country to work and better their lives should be given the same opportunities that our parents, grandparents, and ancestors were given. -Jose Serrano

I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know. -James Earl Jones

And, I think, as a kid, I had a strong motivation to do something of my life. And, I think that's the strongest motivation I really got. And, that came obviously from my parents and my grandparents. -Philippe Perrin

Can you imagine that Cuba and Europe's youth, who had forgotten about traditional music, who only thought of rock music, are now looking back towards their grandparents? That is a phenomenon. -Compay Segundo

And there's a lot of that stuff with people bringing their kids, kids bringing their parents, people bringing their grandparents – I mean, it's gotten to be really stretched out now. It was never my intention to say, this is the demographics of our audience. -Jerry Garcia

At NBC I wasn't really sure if the grandparents were going to get my sense of humor on a particular topic. -Tabitha Soren

As children, many of us were taught never to talk to strangers. As parents and grandparents, our message must change with technology to include strangers on the Internet. -Judy Biggert

No, like I said, my dad was never really part of the tennis. His involvement around what I did with the tennis and with my mom and my grandparents was really not a part of my life. -Jimmy Connors

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents. -Alan Dundes

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother. -Claudette Colbert

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? -Brad Pitt

Every summer, my grandparents would rent a house on Balboa Island. They had the house next to Bob Hope's. I've been going down there all my life, to that whole area. -Mike Love

We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet. In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven't invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven't even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us. -Michael Bennet

I say we have not even had the decency to maintain the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us – our roads, our bridges, our wastewater systems, our sewer systems; by the way, those weren't Bolsheviks, those weren't socialists that built those things for us – much less build the infrastructure we need for the 21st century. -Michael Bennet

I think women as well as men are concerned about jobs and the economy and spending and, and other issues. They're concerned that when their kids graduate from college they have an economy and they have a future in this country and they, they have the same opportunity that we've had and our grandparents have had. -Ken Buck

My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I've sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there's no virtue in that; it's the way one is raised. -Colin Firth

I'm going to be working the next 25 or 30 years. People like me, if we want, number one, for no benefit reductions for our parents and our grandparents, number two, for the system to survive and exist for us, and, more importantly, number three, for the system to exist for us children, we are going to have to make reforms to that system. -Marco Rubio

I had a very difficult childhood. I was surrounded by people who had both parents, which made me feel different. Having a bit of a rougher existence early on, it made me appreciate the work ethic that my grandparents instilled in me. -George Lopez

There were nine children in my father's family and eight in my mother's. My grandparents did the best with what they had. After the Depression, they were scratching out a living and working hard. They kept the family going. -Cheryl Ladd

My childhood was limited to mostly gospel music. We didn't have, like, a lot of records in our house, you know. It was like my grandparents who raised me. They were pretty old-fashioned in their religious ways, so it was like church, church, church, school, school, school. -Faith Evans

Our house was always full of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. -Bryan Clay

It's interesting that I had such a close relationship with my grandfather. Because your parents always judge you: they say, 'You shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that.' But with your grandparents you have a feeling that you can say anything or you can do anything, and they will support you. That's why you have this kind of connection. -Novak Djokovic

My mother was 45 when she had me, so when I was in high school my parents were the same age as my friends' grandparents. -Jack White

Conversations with my mother, father, my grandparents, as I've grown up have obviously driven me towards wanting to try and make a difference as much as possible. -Prince Harry

I feel like my grandparents and parents gave me a tremendous amount. And if I can pass some of that on, then I'll be very happy. -Caroline Kennedy

Imagine that everything you are typing is being read by the person you are applying to for your first job. Imagine that it's all going to be seen by your parents and your grandparents and your grandchildren as well. -Tim Berners-Lee

So, look, in order to move our country forward, we have to do the things our parents and grandparents did. They believed enough in our country to invest in our country, to create jobs, to make modern investments. And those are the things that we need to get back to with a balanced approach. -Martin O'Malley

Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed – as we do – that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down. -Martin O'Malley

Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we're going to stop it. -Paul Ryan

The most watched programme on the BBC, after the news, is probably 'Doctor Who.' What has happened is that science fiction has been subsumed into modern literature. There are grandparents out there who speak Klingon, who are quite capable of holding down a job. No one would think twice now about a parallel universe. -Terry Pratchett

What appeals to me? There are things, points of view, uses of the language, habits of dress, ways of thought and believing that came to me from my grandparents and came to them from theirs. Things that are of good use in any situation, no matter what the future may hold. -Tommy Lee Jones

My dad keeps joking about sneaking into my grandparents' house and switching out their HBO for PBS so they think I'm on 'Downton Abbey.' -Allison Williams

I've been accused of being old before my time more than once. It's true that I've always felt an affinity for, and been comfortable around, older people. I attribute this to a childhood spent around my grandparents – and even a great-grandparent or two. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything. -Jon Meacham

At certain historic moments, grandparents took on childrearing responsibilities. In many cultures, they still do. Chinese grandparents who are able to retire at 55 are seen all over Beijing bouncing grandbabies. In the United States, we can't afford to retire at 55. -Erica Jong

President Obama's fight for rural America is personal. He was raised by a single mom and grandparents from Kansas. He hails from a farming state, Illinois. -Tom Vilsack

I went to church with my grandparents sometimes and I loved it. -Anne Lamott

We are living on average today 34 years longer than our great-grandparents did. -Jane Fonda

As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside. -David Suzuki

There's a difference between someone who's 'harsh' and someone who is 'hard.' Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard. -Clarence Thomas

My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. I watched them over the years and saw how they dealt with everything together, as a team. -Kyle Chandler

We've never had nannies. We've had great grandparents, great support from family, and the kids have been on every set: they've seen me play Gollum, King Kong, Captain Haddock, the lot. They totally get it, and they want to go into the business. Ruby, my daughter, is very keen to become an actress. -Andy Serkis

I'm raising my daughter with her grandparents in the picture, and that feels good. -Paula Cole

I am a living illustration of Bosnian mixing and converting. My grandparents lived in eastern Herzegovina. Very poor. The Turks came and brought Islam. There were three brothers in the family. One was Orthodox Christian. The other two took Islam to survive. -Emir Kusturica

My grandparents got married at a very young age, and a lot of what I think about marriage is based on their relationship. -Kyle Chandler

I was always kind of a school person – my parents were teachers, and my grandparents were immigrants, so their big thing was, 'Go to college, go to college, go to college.' -Mayim Bialik

Even though my grandparents live overseas and are so far away and we talk as much as we can, we don't see each other that often. -Nina Dobrev

With the '60s era and Motown, my grandparents actually introduced us to that when I was younger, so I grew up listening to the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Supremes and Diana Ross' solo stuff. I just loved it. -Jordin Sparks

But the most precious research to me came from the paperwork filed on behalf of my grandparents and great-grandfather. The ship's manifest showed that they could read and write. I am still emotional when I look at those boxes checked yes. -Adriana Trigiani

There was a lot of brokenness in my family. Let's just say that I was raised by my grandparents. -Jan Karon

Miami Beach – that's where I grew up, in a middle-class Jewish family led by my maternal grandfather. Me, my great-grandmother – a Holocaust survivor, who was my roommate – my grandparents, my mom and her brother all shared a four-bedroom house. -Brett Ratner

I spent a long time away from my parents when I was younger. I would go hunting and fishing with my uncle, and we would go for weeks at a time. I also spent a lot of time in Texas with my grandparents. -RJ Mitte

Dogs are more of a responsibility than kids – you can send a kid off to their grandparents or a nanny, but with a dog you can't do that. -Jason Gann

One time at the University of Colorado, at a faculty dinner, this professor said to me, 'Well, my goodness, a boy from Appa-lay-chee-a with a Ph.D!' The dinner was in her house. And I said, 'My grandparents didn't have indoor plumbing, but they had more books in their house than you do.' I was a little insulted by the Appa-lay-chee-a business. -Charles Frazier

My father grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my grandparents. In Norwegian my name is pronounced 'Yoo' but my father used to call me 'Joe.' -Jo Nesbo

My dad is Greek and my mum Jamaican. My grandparents brought me up for most of my childhood, but I saw my mum and dad all the time. -Lianne La Havas

I was born to a single mom and raised by her and my grandparents. -Anthony Foxx

I never really learned the value of money. My father didn't spoil me, but I think my grandparents did. -Britt Ekland

I'm really confident. I had a perfect childhood. I had perfect parents and grandparents. They just love me, simply. So I have no fears. -Melanie Laurent

Perhaps it is partly that we need to love books ourselves as parents, grandparents and teachers in order to pass on that passion for stories to our children. It's not about testing and reading schemes, but about loving stories and passing on that passion to our children. -Michael Morpurgo

My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all funny, and I felt that energy, that delivery, that timing, that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain. -Jeff Ross

I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina. -Cristina Kirchner

My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa. -Antony Sher

I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when they were taken off the reservation, taken to the boarding schools, and pretty much taught to be ashamed of who they were as Native Americans. You can feel that impact today. -Chaske Spencer

I did stand-up for my grandparents every day when I was, like, eight. -Ariana Grande

I spent my childhood outdoors on my grandparents' farm. I learned to ride a motorbike when I was about six, a little PeeWee 50. I'd climb trees – there was a big weeping willow. -Miranda Kerr

This happens to a lot of kids from different backgrounds – they lose a lot of their parents' and grandparents' teachings, language and culture because they have to deal with another language and culture 24/7. By the time I was 44, I was terrible at Spanish. I was always intimidated whenever I had to speak it. -Erik Estrada

My family was very encouraging, and both of my grandparents were both beautiful singers. My grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet. -Clare Bowen

We'll probably live 20 more years than our grandparents did. The question is, what are you going to do with those extra 20 years? -Justin Zackham

There were never any doctors in my family. But my grandparents and my mother had a strong social conscience that was formative. -Robert Winston

I was homeschooled on the road for kindergarten, then went to elementary school and a private Christian school while living with my grandparents until I graduated, and I loved it. But my parents were gone a lot. -Hillary Scott

My parents traveled a lot, so my grandparents practically raised me. My grandmother and I really bonded in the kitchen. She's this amazing southern cook, and I would always help her – whether it was cracking eggs or stirring the green beans. It takes me back there. -Hillary Scott

My great grandparents are Scottish, and I have this very tenuous connection which I try and bump up whenever I can, because I'd much rather be Scottish than English. -Rupert Friend

When I'm at my grandparents', I know I literally have to do nothing but relax, enjoy myself, and enjoy my family members' company. -Tyson Chandler

I grew up on a farm in Oregon, an adopted child, with one sibling, and parents the age of all my peers' grandparents. We lived in isolation from the people around us, and it was always a struggle to cope with as a child. The heart can really expire under those conditions. I always felt like I was looking at the world from the outside. -Larry Harvey

My parents are Irish, my grandparents are Irish, my great-grandparents are Irish. I was born in England; my blood is Irish. -Brian McDermott

What I'd like to do is be able to work with Democrats to reform current entitlement programs for future generations, grandfathering all the grandparents. -Jeb Hensarling

In more static societies, like Ireland, you can tell where a person is from by their surname, or where their grandparents are from. -Anne Enright

The working class of England take their deracination completely for granted. Disenchantment is the happy code that informs every byway of the underclass: service jobs, celebrity dreams, Lotto wins, leisured poverty on pre-crunch credit cards, it's all there, part of the story of an English people whose grandparents never had it so good. -Andrew O'Hagan

As my name might suggest, I'm Jewish. My grandparents were Polish and Russian Jews who came to Australia in the late 1920s, and had they not, we wouldn't be talking now. -Elliot Perlman

I think the great thing about grandparents is seeing another home, realising that people you love can have different priorities, different diversions, different opinions and lead quite different lives from the ones you see every day, and that is immensely valuable. -Simon Hoggart

I first saw the island of Noirmoutier when I was two weeks old. I think it's probably safe to say that I didn't fully appreciate it at the time; but I grew to love it as year after year I spent holidays there at my grandparents' cottage. -Joanne Harris

I am imprinted with the whole sense of European history, especially German history, going back to World War I, which really destroyed all the old values and culture. My grandparents had been reasonably well-off but they became quite poor, living in an attic apartment. -Lisel Mueller

Relationships with parents, grandparents, friends, and siblings were important to me when I was young and have remained so throughout my life. Our relationships with other people both shape and reflect who we are. These relationships are infinitely fascinating to explore! -Sharon Creech

Personally, I'd be really glad to have a national conversation about whether to outlaw most forms of birth control. For once, the kids and their grandparents would find themselves on the same side. -Gail Collins

My grandparents used to pray five times a day, but they were quiet about their own thing. Completely liberal day by day; my grandmother was a social worker and my grandfather was an engineer, but they never talked about religion. My entire life I couldn't remember one conversation I had with them about religion. -Mohsin Hamid

The grandchildren should not bear the debts of the grandparents. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room. Nobody at the time was saying, 'Gee, I want to carry that in my pocket.' Which is a non-thought. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

My grandparents invented joylessness. They were not fun. I've already had more fun with my grandchildren than my grandparents ever had with me. -Billy Crystal

My grandparents went through a bad experience themselves; they invested money in a church and got burned – the pastor had his own agenda – and my grandfather lost interest in the church after that. That was when I had the option to not go. 'Grandpa ain't going; I'm gonna stay with Grandpa.' -Curtis Jackson

My grandparents are from Mexico, so I grew up with great Mexican food. -M. Ward

True love that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves. -Zooey Deschanel

I could enjoy the life that I had by virtue of the educational attainment that my grandparents and parents had pursued. Education was always incredibly valued in our family. -Adam Braun

I was being groomed to be a tennis player for sure. My grandparents and parents realised I had a natural athletic ability and if I was forced to do it, I could probably do well. But all I wanted was to play pretend. -Dakota Fanning

The human brain is a product of natural selection. In the face of scarcity, our hominid great-great-uncles were unable to compete against our sapient great-great-grandparents' abilities to build more elaborate mental models and orchestrate their bodies' movements in more sophisticated ways. -Justin Rosenstein

I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed to play guitar. There's something – I don't want to sound ungrateful – but there's something very old-fashioned and traditional about it. You meet kids today whose grandparents were in punk bands. It's very old and traditional, but then, so is an orchestra and so is a string section. -Jonny Greenwood

I look at my grandparents and what they dealt with in the Japanese internment in Arizona. That sense of perseverance, of making the best out of an incredibly bad situation, has always been something I drew inspiration from. I always ask myself, 'What in the world do I have to complain about?' -Scott Fujita

One thing I carried my whole life, especially from my grandparents in Chicago, was a huge idealism for the world. -Abigail Washburn

There's something unsettling about the education of a child who comfortably enumerates the rules for surviving zombie apocalypse but finds it uncomfortable to enumerate the rules of his grandparents' faith, if he knows them. -Amity Shlaes

I do feel Scottish in some way. Maybe it's to do with visiting my grandparents here every summer as a child, but I am aware of my Scottish ancestry. It's there all right, but it would be pushing it to label me a Scottish painter. Or, indeed, an anywhere painter. -Peter Doig

None of the longest-lived people ran marathons or pumped iron. They live exactly as their grandparents before them – surrounded by family and friends. -Dan Buettner

Kids in a home with grandparents are healthier. -Dan Buettner

I grew up on the edge of a national park in Canada – timberwolves, creeks, snow drifts. I really did have to walk home six miles through the snow, like your grandparents used to complain. -Dan Aykroyd

My father is Italian, and I never met my paternal grandparents. The family name was 'Caroselli' and it was changed in the mid '50s. I think they wanted to assimilate, which was pretty common, although I love the name 'Caroselli.' -Steve Carell

My grandparents live in Cley, and my dad now has the windmill which is a guest house. So I've spent much time up there, but a lot of it was at school as well, and my dad was sent abroad so often as well with the army. -James Blunt

My father was from Northern Ireland, and coming from somewhere like that, your faith defines you. That's something we don't really understand outside Northern Ireland, but because of my parents and grandparents, I've experienced it. -Anna Maxwell Martin

I was brought up by my grandparents. So people go, 'Oh, what was that like? That must have been hard.' And you go: 'No, it wasn't.' It was just completely actually normal because the new norm seems to be whatever you make of it, doesn't it? -James McAvoy

I don't really… go to 'the opening of an envelope.' I don't really turn up to all the events, you know what I mean? If I'm involved, I'll go, and if there's a good friend who needs support, I'll go, but otherwise… I don't go. I'm probably just a bit like my grandparents; I like staying in. -James McAvoy

My dad is from Queens. I remember visiting as a kid. My grandparents grew up here. All the actors I respected were coming out of here. All the hip-hop I was listening to – Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, Wu Tang – was coming out of New York. I'm just into it. -Bryan Greenberg

I was raised by my grandparents, and they always made sure that I had a pencil and some paper, whether we were in the car or at a restaurant. While they were enjoying a nice meal, I would be sitting there drawing funny pictures of the waitress. -Jarrett J. Krosoczka

When I was in sixth grade, they slashed the budgets for all of our school art programs, so my grandparents enrolled me in art classes at Worcester Art Museum, which I attended from sixth to 12th grade. -Jarrett J. Krosoczka

My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent. -Jill Scott

All four of my grandparents were educators, my mom was a school nurse, and I went through the public school system. -Erin Cummings

My grandparents never understood why my mother Noreen chose such exotic names for her children: Damon and me. My granny insisted on calling my brother Dermot – a good Irish name – until she died; I was just known as 'wee one.' -Natascha McElhone

I'm living my life for an audience of one. I live my life to please God. And I believe if He's pleased, that people like my mother and my daddy, my grandparents, you know, my husband, my children, they'll be pleased. -Anne Graham Lotz

My grandparents would never admit to being Tasmanian, but I think it's really great and funny. But I guess, in the past, Tasmanians just weren't quite accepted. You had that lazy reference to them being felons. -Jessie Cave

All my mom's side speaks Spanish. I speak to my grandparents in Spanish. Slowly. And they're patient with me! But I do speak with them in Spanish and carry on conversations with them. -David Archuleta

I just think I'm blessed. I love the Lord Jesus Christ. I have a great grandmother that passed away at 104 and two grandparents that passed away at 97 and 95, and they never worried about protein. They just enjoyed life, and that's what I'm doing. -Herschel Walker

I would leave school every day and walk to my grandparents' house under the El because everyone worked. I was 6 and walking home alone from school. It was a different city and a different time. -Joe Lhota

All parents are an embarrassment to their kids. Often, grandparents are the relief. Kids don't have to resist you. -Anne Lamott

I live in southern Appalachia, so I'm surrounded by people who work very hard for barely a living wage. It's particularly painful that people are working the farms their parents and grandparents worked but aren't living nearly as well. -Barbara Kingsolver

It's our job – as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles – to find books our kids are going to like. -James Patterson

My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. -Bayard Rustin

I tried when I was 13, when my grandparents gave me an acoustic guitar, and I tried for a year. It hurt so much to play. I mean, the fingertips hurt so much, I gave up. -Eric Clapton

The first guitar I ever had was a gut-string Spanish guitar, and I couldn't really get the hang of it. I was only 13, and I talked my grandparents into buying it for me. I tried and tried and tried, but got nowhere with it. -Eric Clapton

My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So, to make money in the summer, we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco. -George Clooney

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. -Michael Moore

Two of my grandparents died in a car crash. Sucks, 'cause they would have lived to a hundred. -Kid Rock

My parents were teetotalers and my grandparents were – it's all the way back. It's New English puritanical tradition. -Penn Jillette

The baby boomers owe a big debt of gratitude to the parents and grandparents – who we haven't given enough credit to anyway – for giving us another generation. -Steven Spielberg

If you're lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can. -Regina Brett

I used to try to pick locks because I grew up on my grandparents' farm and I started my own little spy club. I would go around the farm and try to break into the shed and try spying on my grandpa. It was ridiculous. -Odette Annable

I'm kind of crazy with karma. I really believe that everything you do revisits you, so, I'm really adamant about the kids seeing the grandparents, so like, I can see my grandkids, you know what I mean? -Joel Madden

Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that are the very nature of a family. -Henry B. Eyring

I truly have a village supporting me. My son has godmothers, godfathers, grandparents and so many others in his life who love him as much as I do. They're there for both of us. I may not have a mate or husband, but I'm definitely not a single parent. -Jill Scott

My parents weren't married. It wasn't like my dad up and left. I maintained a steady relationship with my grandparents. My dad's mother is my nana, and I'm closer to her than almost anybody in this world. -Alicia Keys

I've got my wife. I've got my four kids. I've got parents, grandparents still, and three really good friends. It's all you need. I'd rather have three really good friends than 20 good friends. -David Beckham

I was born in Abbott, Texas, a little small town in central Texas, and I was raised by my grandparents. And my parents divorced when I was six months old, and my grandparents raised me. -Willie Nelson

My children were brought up with their grandparents, and I was brought up with my grandparents. I think the continuity of moving through life together gives people a certain pride and sense of security. -Francesca Annis

My childhood memories include a time when the government confiscated my family's possessions and exiled us to a camp in the B.C. Interior, just because my grandparents were from Japan. -David Suzuki

Christmas was the one time of year when my brothers surfaced at home, when my parents and grandparents congregated to eat my mother's roast turkey. -Amanda Lindhout

My grandparents in Istria had a frasca, which is about the most basic kind of grocery/restaurant. They sold wine from their own vineyard. I took control of the vineyard, hired a local winemaker, and bought another winery in 1996. We had our first commercial vintage in 1998. -Joe Bastianich

At 11, I went to live with my maternal nan and granddad temporarily, after my parents separated, and Nan would let me have a go on her piano. My grandparents were like something out of the Noel Coward play, 'This Happy Breed,' and it was magical to hear them sing music-hall songs. -Jools Holland

Christmas is a huge thing in my family. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. We spend Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents, and Christmas Day with the other grandparents and our family. -Samantha Isler

I think my generation has had an unbelievably easy time profiting from the world that was made for us by our parents and grandparents. We are essentially a rather frivolous generation. The Blair government was my generation's shot at power. It had some good things, but it had some flaws. -Sebastian Faulks

Our grandparents' generation never expected too much out of life and, paradoxically, were happier for it. It never occurred to my granddad that he would enjoy work. He hated it from the day he walked through the factory gates at 14 to when he left at 65. -Mark Barrowcliffe

'Letters From Home' is a story inspired by my grandparents' epistolary courtship. -Kristina McMorris

Only thanks to blissful ignorance, and the inspiration of my grandparents' story, did I actually believe tackling a novel would be an easy task. I've since learned otherwise. -Kristina McMorris

My childhood memories of my grandparents are of a wonderful, complementary couple. While my grandfather had a spirited, humorous personality, my grandmother is gentle and poised. -Kristina McMorris

People often refer to bygone days as a simpler time. Perhaps, more accurately, my grandparents' generation focused better on what mattered. Traffic jams and minor quibbles with my husband Daniel pale in comparison with the worries that were faced on the home front and battlefield during the Second World War. -Kristina McMorris

Like so many poor Ilokanos, my grandparents left their village, for it could no longer sustain them. The Ilocos is a narrow coastal plain where, so often, the mountain drops to the sea. Land hunger had always afflicted the Ilokanos and made them migratory. -F. Sionil Jose

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. -James E. Faust

Boys and girls, have confidence in the direction and counsel and advice of your parents and grandparents who love you more than anybody else in the world does. -James E. Faust

I have sometimes questioned the advice and direction I received from my parents and grandparents, but I never questioned the fact that they loved me. I learned that they were in a better position to know more about right and wrong than I did from my limited understanding and from my limited experience. -James E. Faust

I had immigrant grandparents who came to this country and came for religious freedom and loved it, never made any money, Bronx, Brooklyn, but loved America. And they told me every day it's the greatest country in the world. -Dan Rosensweig

When we were studying at the Royal Antwerp Academy, we were taught to seek inspiration from everyone, everything and everywhere. My parents and grandparents were also a great inspiration for me a very young age. -Dries van Noten

Being pregnant is the most natural thing our bodies can do. Our grandparents did it without all these books, and they came out okay. -Jamie-Lynn Sigler

When I was seven or eight years old, I began to read the science-fiction magazines that were brought by guests into my grandparents' boarding house in Waukegan, Illinois. Those were the years when Hugo Gernsback was publishing 'Amazing Stories,' with vivid, appallingly imaginative cover paintings that fed my hungry imagination. -Ray Bradbury

All my grandparents and great aunts and uncle love 'Foyle's War.' They all lived through the war and love to see it reconstructed so authentically. -Honeysuckle Weeks

Most Americans have parents or grandparents who immigrated to this country, and we know the hardships they faced, from learning the language to dealing with prejudice. -Hank Johnson

Why do we love our grandparents so much? Part of the reason I think has to do with the tremendous natural affection and affinity that kids have for older people, whether they are their actual grandparents or not. -Willard Scott

I had the privilege of having two sets of loving grandparents. -Willard Scott

The sight of parents, children and grandparents all descending on a tented field to enjoy the pleasure of ideas and books renews my faith in humanity. -Mariella Frostrup

Industrial agriculture freed many people to pursue lives their parents and grandparents could never have. It made America modern. -Michael Specter

My parents are not shy, clearly publicly and otherwise, in expressing their hopes that they will soon be grandparents. -Chelsea Clinton

My grandfather, Harry Ferguson, was a butcher in Hill of Beath; so even though my grandparents lived in some poverty, we got loads of beef. My grandmother, Meg, was a fine Scottish cook who did slow cooking. -Kenneth Cranham

I was brought up by great parents and great grandparents who told me, 'Never, ever think that you're better than anyone else or that what you do is so important that the world won't miss you once you're gone,' and I kind of translate that into the stardom thing. -Yolanda Adams

My grandparents, like many genocide survivors, took most of their stories to their graves. -Chris Bohjalian

I'm half-Armenian. Even though my grandparents did not discuss the genocide, and my father – like many sons and daughters of immigrants – wanted to be as 'American' as possible, I was always aware of it. How could I not be? -Chris Bohjalian

I say homes are for families, and you have to make sure you design for the family, not just one person: kids, your wife, your grandparents need to be able to use it. -Tony Fadell

My mom, you know, took off when I was about 6. What ended up happening is I ended up being with my grandparents. -Nikki Sixx

For those that don't know, my sister was born with Down Syndrome, and she was institutionalized in the very early sixties. Me, being just a small boy and being shuffled around between my mother and grandparents, I never knew her. -Nikki Sixx

My father, Cecil Banks Mullis, and mother, formerly Bernice Alberta Barker, grew up in rural North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My dad's family had a general store, which I never saw. My grandparents on his side had already died before I started noticing things. -Kary Mullis

Each one of us can do a good deed, every day and everywhere. In hospitals in desperate need of volunteers, in homes for the elderly where our parents and grandparents are longing for a smile, a listening ear, in the street, in our workplaces and especially at home. -Shari Arison

'Doctor Who' began as family television: a show that kids and their parents and grandparents can all watch, maybe even together, on the sofa. -Jill Lepore

My grandparents used to bring me books every time they saw me. -Gabrielle Zevin

I came from a really musical family. I studied classical piano because my grandparents were piano teachers, but started doing musical theater at age nine in Fresno, California, and went to a performing arts high school. That was my life. -Audra McDonald

I guess I can be surprised I'm alive. I'm taking a little better care of myself than when I was a young person. My father died when he was 63. My mother made it to 74. My grandparents, God, they were dropping like flies. -Loudon Wainwright III

There's a difference between someone who's 'harsh' and someone who is 'hard.' Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard. In order to respond to that, he had to become a hard man, with very hard rules, very hard discipline for himself, very hard days, hard work, et cetera. -Clarence Thomas

My grandparents had died in 1983, and suddenly my brother is out jogging before Mass, and he dies. -Clarence Thomas

What I look for in a project or partner is integrity and character; I love the concept of family entertainment and crosses over the generations, where you can sit kids with their grandparents and everyone has a good time. Those are the qualities that I want to bring to viewers. -Jodi Benson

Queens is famous throughout the world for diversity and tolerance. But really it's what we have in common that makes our neighborhoods work, our students succeed, and our families able to care for children and grandparents as they can. -Grace Meng

Writing songs is an essential part of my life: my mother teaches piano, and I have inherited my grandparents' passion for music, especially from my grandfather Tommy, who was a great drummer. It's no coincidence that I play the drums best, but I am also good with the guitar and the piano. -Caleb Landry Jones

My mom, dad, grandparents, we all do voices. -Bill Hader

I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: 'Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.' -Jose Rizal

The way we dress on 'Mad Men' is so associated with old photographs, with people's parents and grandparents. -Christina Hendricks

My parents aren't crazy conservative. They're actually pretty open-minded. But my grandparents are, and where I'm from, East Texas, is the Bible Belt. -Kacey Musgraves

Parents do the best they can. But my parents are better grandparents than they were parents. -Teri Hatcher

I was fortunate to be raised by loving grandparents. -Ronnie Milsap

I'm a Hollywood kid, and I know that there are only so many stories. Only so many tales around the campfire that we have to tell. Then we have to regurgitate them. Our grandparents' movies were all remakes of silent films – we forget that, but it's true. -Robert Englund

Mum and Dad died of heart problems, my grandparents died of it, my sister has had mini strokes, my brother has had a heart attack – it's genetic; there's nothing I can do. -Paul O'Grady

My mother was Indian, brought up in Delhi. My grandparents were born in Bow and Poplar. -Sebastian Coe

Children need stimulation and stability. That can come from grandparents, cousins, teachers, nannies, childcare centres – as long as they engage with the children and are really fond of them. There are also times when children need to be left alone to learn to be independent and to encourage their imaginary friends. -Tony Buzan

I knew that I was loved. And that's such an important thing. And, of course, at such an early age, you take it for granted. Of course your parents love you. Of course Mrs. Hubert across the street loves you and your godmother loves you and your grandparents love you. -Jessye Norman

I grew up on the south side of Chicago, most of that time on welfare. My mother and sister and I used to live with my grandparents and various cousins. We shared a two-bedroom tenement, and the three of us slept in one of those bedrooms and had a set of bunk beds. -Deval Patrick

My parents were the first in our family to go to grammar school. My grandparents were in service. -Sarah Waters

Elderly parents tend to think their relationship with their middle-aged children is smoother than the children do. Adult grandchildren, who have little stake in pulling away from their grandparents, tend to describe that relationship as less rose-colored than do Gram and Gramps. -Robin Marantz Henig

I grew up with my grandparents around. I think that's important for a child. If for no other reason than to hear stories about their parents when they were children. -Al Roker

We live in a very different world than the one that we inherited from our parents and from our grandparents. Times are changing, and states must adapt to win. -Martin O'Malley

When my children were young, one of the treats promised by their grandparents was a ride in Grandad's car. -Laurie Graham

I took the 'Lee' from my grandparents, who took care of me during the day while my mom was away working. -Reggie Lee

All of us are linear thinkers. We evolved in a world that was local and linear. You know, back 100,000, 200,000, millions of years ago, when we were evolving as a human species, nothing changed. You know, the life of your great-grandparents, you, your kids – it was the same. And so we are local and linear thinkers. -Peter Diamandis

Growing up, my mother and grandparents often talked about our family's Native American heritage. As a kid, I never thought to ask them for documentation – what kid would? -Elizabeth Warren

My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents' courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory. -Elizabeth Warren

My grandparents, they came through Ellis Island in 1923, and you know, I'd heard all the stories. -James Gray

My grandparents used to tell me stories about their trip to Ellis Island from Russia and life on the Lower East Side of New York. -James Gray

I grew up in a semi-attached row house in Queens in New York. And my family and my grandparents and my father's from Brooklyn, and so you're essentially an outer boroughs kid, you're growing up. -James Gray

I just kept telling myself that ultimately, the money that my grandparents had put away to go into my college fund, that they were investing for me to go to school and get this education, it had to be worth something. -G-Eazy

We go to college, live together or marry, and have kids – often with little more thought to the daily routines of raising children than our grandparents gave them, when women by and large stayed at home. -Mona Simpson

I'm not as tech savvy as some YouTubers, but I'm a lot better than my grandparents. Whenever I have a technical question, or something isn't working, I ask Google, and that usually throws up the answer. -Zoe Sugg

When I was nine years old, my family lost our home, and the six of us moved into my grandparents' converted garage. -Becky G

My grandparents don't really listen to pop music, and they only speak Spanish and only listen to Spanish music. -Becky G

I come from a tiny mining town in the rainforest in an island at the end of the world. My grandparents were illiterate. -Richard Flanagan

I lived the first five years of my life on a farm in Union City, Michigan, with my mom and grandparents. It was the most magical time of my life. -Patricia Polacco

My childhood was great, honestly. I have all these incredible memories of my childhood. I was an only child. I always had all my cousins around. I had my grandparents around. I had my parents around. I had my uncles around – whatever. -Action Bronson

What I like most about an aquarium is that all ages, from toddlers to pre-schoolers to retired grandparents, can really enjoy the wonders of the sea. -Jim Pattison

There were nineteen years between my grandparents, and I was in a relationship for five years from the age of fifteen to twenty with a man who was thirteen years older than me who remains one of the loves of my life, and he passed away when I was twenty years old. -Kate Winslet

My grandparents – both of my mother's parents – were actors, and they ran the Reading Repertory Theatre Company, through the town of Reading, where I come from. -Kate Winslet

The beauty of America is that I don't have to deny my past to affirm my present. No one does. We can love this nation like a parent and still embrace our ancestral home like cherished grandparents. -Mario Cuomo

I grew up in a reform Jewish family in St. Louis. Our idea of Judaism was no bar mitzvahs and a Christmas tree that had a skirt at the bottom embroidered with the names of my grandparents. -Danny Meyer

I want to be a good example for my son. That's the best way to parent – to be the example of what you want to see in them. That's definitely how my parents parented and how my grandparents parented. And it works. -Bryce Dallas Howard

There's a lot of wisdom that my dad and my grandparents and my uncle have been able to impart on me, and what I've treasured the most is I've seen examples in my life of people embracing their creativity, not feeling insecure about their artistic inclinations. -Bryce Dallas Howard

To tell you the truth, in the old Jewish shtetls, if your husband died, sometimes they'd have you marry the brother, and my grandparents were actually stepbrother and stepsister. -Amy Heckerling

The building in the Bronx where I grew up was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors. My two best friends' parents both survived the camps. Everyone in my grandparents' building had tattoos. I'd go shopping with my grandparents, and the butcher, the baker, everybody in the whole neighborhood had tattoos. -Amy Heckerling

Vancouver is home. I spent a huge amount of time here as a kid growing up with my mom, with my grandparents who lived here. -Justin Trudeau

Once, I was out of the house 93 days in a year. I was missing grandparents' days at schools and kids' birthdays and Valentine's Day, not to mention the fact that when you're on the road, you can't get anything done. I had to learn to say 'No,' cut back on travel. -Jerry Spinelli

I'm incredibly optimistic about what individuals can do. We have technology that our grandparents would have given their eye teeth for. -Joel Salatin

My mother, R. Rajalakshmi, taught at Annamalai University in Chidambaram, and during the day, I was well cared for by aunts and grandparents in the usual way of an extended Indian family. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

My grandparents lived in Hollywood, and I was surrounded by the romanticism of movies ever since I was a child. -Tamra Davis

I always thought it was funny that my grandparents had bought a ticket to New York and ended up in Glasgow. -Peter Capaldi

Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements. -David Ayer

All nationalism is based on racism and hate. I'm Scottish; I was born in Scotland, as my parents, as my grandparents. -Philip Kerr

As times change, so do the way each generation see the world. It is rather like the way our generation came to see our grandparents' views on the Empire and colonies as outdated. -Douglas Alexander

We were raised in a family that had high aspirations for their children, and those high aspirations tended to be along the lines of service and high-minded beliefs, living up to your responsibilities. Both my Danforth grandparents admired service very much. -William Henry Danforth

I was born on the first day of January 1941 in the front bedroom of my grandparents' house in Rodborough near Stroud in Gloucestershire where my mother had come to escape the bombing in London. -Martin Evans

I believe that people are what happened to their grandparents. -Deborah Eisenberg

My parents and grandparents listened to bacheta heavy, the true bachata from back in the day – Juan Luis Guerra, Anthony Santos. I liked the genre, but I remember thinking, 'OK, enough of this.' I would sing Usher's 'U Remind Me' to the girls in school. -Prince Royce

As a family comedian, it is so wonderful seeing everyone from kids through to grandparents being entertained by you. -Bobby Davro

My dad's paternal grandparents were musically inclined. And I remember as a little kid going to visit them in their senior building, and they were, like, the stars of the building, especially hosting and performing in their senior talent show. -Aaron Lazar

My father's grandparents came from Norway and settled in the Scandinavian bastion of Minnesota. As a little girl in Tempe, Arizona, I daydreamed about picking cloudberries by a fjord in a fresh Nordic wind. -Kate Christensen

I grew up around the corner from my grandparents' dairy farm, which was three miles outside of a small town called Phoenix. -Bruce Coville

I guess the most seminal moment going early way back was my father died when I was 3 years old. I was raised by my grandparents, and my mother went back and got a degree. -Ram Shriram

All my friends had grandparents who had accents. I thought all grandparents were supposed to have accents. My friends were all second-generation, as I was. -Alice McDermott

I'm Cuban. Both my parents are Cuban. My grandparents are, too. Although I have no idea where Fit comes from. -Chrissie Fit

I'm from New York. My grandparents were settlers of Long Island City. When they came here, there was no bridge, and they had to hire a boat across the river. They had a farm, and my grandmother had to go once a week to Manhattan to buy provisions – very primitive. -Iris Apfel

Migration is the story of my life: my parents and grandparents journeyed across four continents to flee war and find jobs, eventually finding their way to the U.S. -Leila Janah

I remember a very nurturing, safe environment: everybody knew who I was, who my parents were, who my grandparents were, what part of Russia we were from originally. That was a really comforting feeling. Non-Mennonites, when they see that aspect of it, think it's a beautiful thing, and it is, but there's so much going on besides. -Miriam Toews

I was raised by my grandparents, who had a little general store. My grandmother, Marion Dunham Bowman, was a graduate of Albany Law School. Although she never did practice law, she kept the house filled with books. It's because of her that I was always reading. -Joseph Bruchac

My grandparents were far more English in their manners than they were Chinese. For example, we spoke English at home, had afternoon tea every day, and my grandfather, who attended university in Scotland, would smoke his pipe after dinner. -Kevin Kwan

When I was a kid, I resented my grandparents not speaking the perfect English I wanted to speak. -Jose Antonio Vargas

We all stand on the shoulders of our ancestors. We're in a relay race, relying on the financial and human capital of our parents and grandparents. Blacks were shackled for the early part of that relay race, and although many of the fetters have come off, whites have developed a huge lead. -Nicholas Kristof

I really look up to writers who are able to write compressed, single-scene stories, where everything happens in a kitchen. But I just can't think that way. For me it would be impossible to write a story where I didn't know what someone's parents did and what their grandparents did and who they used to date. -Molly Antopol

Brantford was the fixed point of my universe, growing up. Both sets of grandparents lived there, with various cousins and uncles and aunts, and no matter how far we'd moved off, we came back there for regular visits. In a way no other houses have ever been, my grandparents' houses were 'home,' and the sale of the last of those houses was hard. -Susanna Kearsley

I was raised by maternal grandparents who were born in 1890 and 1899, respectively. They were British subjects; George V was the cousin of the tsar. The Romanovs were very real in their household. -Kathryn Harrison

I spent a lot of time at my grandparents in the school holidays, and the only books in the house were a copy of the Bible and Agatha Christie's 'Murder at the Vicarage.' I developed a taste for murder mysteries and then later discovered libraries, second-hand bookshops, and jumble sales. -Val McDermid

We live in a society that celebrates familial connection above any other kind of relationship. We are shown photos of our great-grandparents and encouraged to marvel over facial similarities. We are told to take pride in our bloodlines, celebrate our ancestry. -Lynn Coady

Your grandparents came of age in the Great Depression, when everyday life was about deprivation and sacrifice, when the economic conditions of the time were so grave and so unrelenting it would have been easy enough for the American dream to fade away. -Tom Brokaw

I used to spend my holidays there in my grandparents' large family house, with my numerous cousins. When I die, I am going to be buried in the village cemetery. -Yves Chauvin

Because of 'Wasn't Expecting That,' I've had a lot of people come up to me and say how I've written their lives or their grandparents' lives. It means the world to me that I helped in the tiniest way. -Jamie Lawson

My maternal grandmother was the longest-lived of my grandparents. She migrated to Australia in her 80s and lived into her 90s. It was great that she got to be part of my adult life. -Nick Earls

Let's set aside our political and ideological differences and take a moment to love our families, hug our children, parents and grandparents and through love and respect, strengthen the bonds that made us the greatest nation on Earth. -James Lankford

My own grandparents came to the United States as immigrants in 1912, and they lived for some years in Italian ghettos in New York. Most immigrant groups start in ghettos somewhere, and many of them never get out. -Jay Parini

My grandparents moved to Texas from the South after the U.S. Civil War and settled on small farms in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. -Robert Woodrow Wilson

My mom and grandmother were actresses, and I knew I was going to do this since I was super young. I would put on shows at my grandparents' house and sing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' in the living room. I was in drama club and chorus, and I knew every word to 'Grease.' -Zoe Kravitz

I used to make my grandparents pay a dollar to watch me sing 'Grease' songs and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' in their living room. I was always an entertainer, and I would always do all that stuff, but it slowly evolved into a career, which is great, but it wasn't a plan. -Zoe Kravitz

I do not deny my German identity. But I also feel Swiss. Of my eight great-grandparents, seven were born Swiss. I have been living in Switzerland for more than 50 years. -Klaus Schwab

I had grandparents who were native Irish speakers, and also, two of the four grandparents were illiterate. -Brian Friel

My grandparents left the Pale of Settlement at the border of western Russia and Eastern Europe in the early 1900s, fleeing anti-Semitism and hoping to make a better life for their children in America. -Merrick Garland

I'm Japanese, but restaurants in my hometown served the most sanitized versions of California rolls. I grew up eating a lot of Japanese food at home that my parents or grandparents made. -Adrian Tomine

I started taking piano lessons when I was about 5, and there was always a lot of music in my family: my parents both play instruments, my grandparents were classical violinists, and my grandfather was actually a music professor and a conductor. -Adam Schlesinger

There were about 30 children at one stage, running around like savages at a place called Callow Hill, near Monmouth, which was owned by my grandparents. They lived in the big house, but my dad had five brothers and a sister, and they all lived in various houses scattered on the hill. -Saul David

When I lived summers at my grandparents' farm, haying with my grandfather from 1938 to 1945, my dear grandmother Kate cooked abominably. For noon dinners, we might eat three days of fricasseed chicken from a setting hen that had boiled twelve hours. -Donald Hall

I lived on the farm with my parents and grandparents. I had no playmates as a young child, and I was indulged. I helped my grandmother piece quilts, and we made pretty albums, an old-fashioned pastime. We cut poems and pictures out of magazines. -Bobbie Ann Mason

Growing up in Mississippi – a state that historically was a place of racial injustice, inequality and oppression – gave me the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the civil rights movement through the eyes of my parents, grandparents, and the black elders of our community. -Angela McGlowan

In the fields of southwest Iowa, my parents and grandparents worked and sacrificed. Like so many Iowans, the American Dream for them was never about wealth or fame. Their dream was to leave their children and grandchildren a better life, with greater opportunity, than their own. -Joni Ernst

When you come to America, you get to become an American, and Trump, who has grandparents who came to the U.S., should understand this as much as anybody. -Newt Gingrich

I think it goes back to whether or not race and class – that is, race and poverty – is not becoming even more of a constraint. Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids. -Condoleezza Rice

There is a psychic gulf that exists between myself and my grandparents because they don't really speak English, and I don't speak Chinese, and that's my own personal shame because I did not learn, ever. I only saw my paternal grandma a few times in my life, and that's really crazy. -Alan Yang

My grandparents were very well-educated people, but in the Jewish tradition. They knew everything about the Bible. And then they had to come to Brussels, to run away from Poland, because there was too much anti-Semitism. They lost everything they had. -Chantal Akerman

Growing up in Georgia, it was sort of the last place to jump on the bandwagon of the integrated frontier. I have aunts and uncles and grandparents that experienced the 'whites only' and segregated schools. -Elijah Kelley

My grandparents – my mom's parents – they're Jewish. But nobody ever pushed religion onto us. It wasn't something I ever grew up with. -David Beckham

I believe the wedding vows are sacred and precious, and it's been one of my goals as a writer to portray the kind of marriages I've seen modeled in my family – my parents and grandparents, who all celebrated fifty-year anniversaries and well-beyond. -Deborah Raney

We should be ashamed of ourselves. We inherited the best infrastructure on the globe from our grandparents… and we've taken that inheritance and squandered it. -Cory Booker

Almost any American can connect on some level to a family background of having come across some ocean. They say, 'My great-grandparents came from wherever… this is why we have this last name, why we do this thing at Christmas.' All the details get watered down but don't quite disappear. -Jhumpa Lahiri

The Government wants to give young people from every community the chance to learn about the heroism and sacrifice of our great-grandparents, which is why we are organising visits to the battlefields of the Western Front. -Michael Gove

Something happened to the State of Israel. What was morally obvious in 1948 is not so obvious anymore. When the State of Israel was established, it was, for the parents and grandparents of these young Jews, a miracle. It was David and Goliath. We were the just cause. It was about values. We were small, but we were the good guys in the world! -Tzipi Livni

On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history. We all know that. Many of us have seen it in our own lives – in the lives of our parents and our grandparents. We don't need reminders. -Nikki Haley

I grew up in the once segregated South. I experienced forced integration during my formative school years. I lived the sacrifices, burdens, and tears. I also lived the moments of understanding, of acknowledgment, of fellowship and success. I saw my parents and grandparents coming home beaten down – and some of my friends beaten up. -Donna Brazile

I was raised in a dominantly Filipino family. I didn't know I was 'mixed' until I got older and started asking questions about my grandparents, the origins of our middle and last names. We were kind of textbook Pinoys. A lot of the Filipino stereotypes that were joked about by me and my friends rang very true with my family. -Vincent Rodriguez III

Had my grandparents not emigrated when they did, I might have been born Jewish in Eastern Europe during World War II, or I might not have been born at all. Instead, I was born in 1942 in New York City. -Carole King

My grandparents met each other in amateur theatre. My uncle is an actor. -Carice van Houten

My grandparents on my father's side came to this country from the Caribbean with a strong connection to Africa and no shame about it. -Taj Mahal

I stand here today – in the shadow of my parents' and grandparents' accomplishments – because of their willingness to sacrifice and look to my future. -David Ige

If you apologize to me, I look at it as an insult because my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, like every other culture out there, did exactly what they needed to do. They worked hard, and they became part of the American way, and they earned the respect of Americans across the board. We need to do the same. -Burgess Owens

Our loyalty is not to our grandparents, the traditions, our volleyball team, our friends; as believers, our loyalty is to Scripture. -Benjamin Watson

My family were all entrepreneurs, including my parents and grandparents. -Kimbal Musk

Some days, I would find what seemed like entire family trees, torn from once-treasured albums and dumped in disorganized bins, selling 10 for a dollar. I wondered how people could give up pictures of their great-grandparents for complete strangers to paw through – or why complete strangers would want them. -Ransom Riggs

I was watching a black and white television in Cairo, MI., at my grandparents' house, and I watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon. At that point, it set the bit for me to be an astronaut, and it was kind of like a dream, but it really wasn't reality. -Gregory H. Johnson

I always had to mask my emotions. I could never show that I missed my mom or my dad, especially when they moved to America. My grandparents were tough. I was not allowed to receive letters that had not been read before. Everything was controlled – everything! -Grace Jones

I loved the stories my parents and grandparents would read to me. -Teri Garr

When you hear about people in the '50s getting married at 20, you're like, 'What were they thinking?' My grandparents were together for over 50 years. -Justin Theroux

I am a proud Italian American, raised by an Italian mother and Italian grandparents. -Tim Ryan

I know from the stories of my grandparents and great-grandparents the real struggles and discrimination that Italian Americans faced when they first immigrated to America. -Tim Ryan

My grandparents and my mom prayed the rosary a lot, and later in life, I had a priest friend of mine teach me centering prayer, based on Father Thomas Keating's work. That led to practicing different kinds of meditation off and on as I got older. -Tim Ryan

Harlem exists in retrospect, in the memory of grandparents or elderly cousins, those 'old-timers' ever ready with their geysers of remembered scenes. The legends of 'Black Mecca' are preserved in the glossy musicals of Times Square and in texts of virtually every kind. -Darryl Pinckney

My great-grandparents came from Poland. Interestingly enough, they were named Adam and Eve. But I do not believe they are the original. -Jane Krakowski

All of the songs my grandparents and parents listened to are called boleros – they're all love songs. They're about giving your heart to a person. It's a culture that is so romantic and passionate, and that's something that I'm very proud of. We grew up with nothing, so we just want to live a life full of love. -Camila Cabello

Young people have to learn in a cocoon filled with false optimism. Unlike their parents and grandparents, they grow up with very little sense of the pitiless passage of time. -Norman Davies

I believe in the value of life. I believe we must prepare our children for tomorrow with the family values of my grandparents. -Ryan Zinke

We slept in the park before we had a house, and eventually we shared a home – my parents, my grandparents and five uncles, my family, all of us – on White Oaks Street by Magnolia Street near the railroad. Those were hard times, but I loved living there. -Debbie Reynolds

I really felt good after working in a film like 'Piku,' as many people could relate to my character. I got letters from my fans telling me how my character resembles to their grandparents. -Amitabh Bachchan

We hear lots of stories where grandparents go to a store and buy a smartphone so they can keep in touch with kids and grandkids. -Jan Koum

I remember the first time I pulled out of my driveway in my grandparents' Nissan Ultimate or Centra. I just remember getting in a car that smells like my grandparents, with both my parents standing on the lawn, so petrified. That was my car up until I was 18. -Emily Ratajkowski

My mum was born in the former Czechoslovakia, and even though my grandparents weren't wealthy, they were aristocrats in their time. -Nargis Fakhri

I was from a tiny little island, which I always say is one corn field away from a horror film: it was, like, isolated, and everybody knew everybody, and you go to school with the grandkids of the grandparents that your grandparents went to school with. -Dove Cameron

I grew up in Haughton, Louisiana. I go to my white grandparents' house, and then I cross the railroad tracks and hang out with my black grandma. We have English teachers on my white side. My grandpa is a principal. And then you go to the other side, and people have been in jail. -Dak Prescott

I come from immigrant grandparents. The country would not be what it is if it wasn't for the immigrants in this country. -Rick Santelli

My grandparents were from Spain, and I had a Spanish passport. -Ana de Armas

Loss is universal. I've lost grandparents that I dearly adored, lost animals that were like brothers to me. Many of us have gone through terrible breakups. -Peter Heller

My grandparents actually, whenever they got the chance, took me to Broadway, but that started when I was in high school, because that's when I realized… At the very beginning of high school, I realized, 'Oh my gosh. Okay, this is a career choice for me.' So yeah, then they always brought me to New York to see Broadway shows whenever they could. -Shanice Williams

The life my grandparents had was thoroughly American. They built a small ranch into a huge operation and fulfilled my great-grandparents' dreams. Theirs was… a simpler time of contentment and patriotism. -Dana Perino

I'm half-Chinese and half-Caucasian. My grandparents came here from China. My father was born in New Jersey. -Phillipa Soo

People my age, we would hear from our parents and grandparents who were raised in Detroit about how great this city was from 1900 to the '60s. -Dan Gilbert

My dad was fairly well-off, so I was raised in a very comfortable environment: the very nice suburbs of Paris. It was a very idyllic life. I also spent nearly all my summers in Britain, and Christmas, too, because my grandparents lived there. -Sebastian Roche

My mother graduated from high school in 1969, and on January 3, 1971, she gave birth to me. She was married later that year, but by the time I was 10, she was a divorced single mother of two young boys. To make ends meet, we moved in with my grandparents, who were also housing two of my mother's siblings and their kids. -Marc Veasey

I never got to know my grandparents, and I am envious of my friends who have a special relationship with theirs. -Cressida Bonas

I'm very proud of the Italian heritage of my great-grandparents, who came here from Italy, and how they helped be a part of the American Dream, and that's something we want to continue to make available to everybody who wants to come here. -Steve Scalise

Sometimes a single item can wrap up, in a nutshell, who a person is. In my grandparents' home, a clear plastic container was enthroned on top of the mahogany bar for at least a decade. Painted on the lid in pink, yellow and light blue was 'Have a Nosh With Mort & Ethel'. -Lisa Lutz

Anderson Cooper's on-air reaction to Bob Simon's death; Wolf Blitzer personalizing his experience in going back to Auschwitz where his grandparents lost their lives – I think that has all made our air more authentic. -Jeff Zucker

My grandparents bowed to the Americans and sought to learn from them. My parents sought to be them. -Alex Tizon

When I visit any cathedral, it reminds me of being with my grandparents. They weren't particularly religious, but my grandfather was obsessed with architecture. -Jonathan Anderson

I sort of take cues from my grandparents. -Matt Bomer

My grandparents got out of Poland right before the Holocaust and came here, and the only thing that mattered was surviving. -Jack Antonoff

I grew up in Texas City, Texas. I didn't know anybody who was a director or whose parents or grandparents were directors. I met somebody from a nearby town one time whose father had been to the moon – it was far more likely to be an astronaut than it was to be a writer or a director. -John Lee Hancock

Years after my parents made the United States their home, I had the joy of traveling to the Dominican Republic with my kids. They saw where it all started and how their grandparents' values survived and thrived in America. -Tom Perez

Even as a little girl, my mom never wanted me to watch BET, but when I was at my grandparents' house, and my older cousins were there and I could watch it, I was infatuated with the idea that I could one day be a DJ or the host of a show. -Winnie Harlow

I feel like I have so many amazing opportunities because of my immigrant mother, my immigrant grandparents. -Winnie Harlow

I love, love, love my grandparents. -Ana Ivanovic

My brother and I would wrestle in my grandparents' living room; that was our spot. -Seth Rollins

If you've never been to a live WWE event, it's pretty awesome. A few hours of action-packed family fun. Bring everybody, from your babies to your grandparents. -Seth Rollins

My parents were decent, aspirant first-generation middle class. They read 'Reader's Digest', listened to classical music; my grandparents had a bust of Stalin on the mantelpiece. The kids of that generation were terrified of being below par, class-wise. -Lawrence Osborne

It is very important for both the parents to spend quality time with their children, at least till they are eight years old, whatever be our social status, or even if grandparents are available to take care of them, and that is the message we try to drive home in 'Pasanga 2.' -Suriya

Barack Obama was elected during my second year of college, and save for his skin color, he had much in common with Bill Clinton: Despite an unstable life with a single mother, aided by two loving grandparents, he had made in his adulthood a family life that seemed to embody my sense of the American ideal. -J. D. Vance

I think Barack Obama was born into a home not just to a white woman and white grandparents, but a white woman and white grandparents who shockingly told him it was okay that he was black and that he should not be ashamed of it and that he should, in fact, be proud of it. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

Kunta Kinte's strength derives from the knowledge of where he comes from, but it struck me that I don't know where I come from. I understand that my last name is Kirby, that I was born in London, third-generation Jamaican, and at some point along the line, that name was changed. I didn't know my history past my grandparents. -Malachi Kirby

My grandparents were all born in the U.S., but their parents came from Ireland. -Michael Connelly

I truly did feel that I owed it to my parents, my grandparents, to do whatever it was that I wanted, because if I wasn't happy, if I wasn't being true to myself, then I wasn't living fully. They had given up so much so that I could live at the level that so many people are just automatically born into. -Kelly Marie Tran

So many people don't realise you need to be on a certain level of Maslow's hierarchy to have a dream: you have to have food and be safe from danger, all these things my parents didn't have at the get go, so I, from the very beginning, believe I have been living for multiple generations, for my parents and grandparents. -Kelly Marie Tran

My grandparents and my mom came from Cuba back in the '60s because they were fleeing from communism and Castro. I wouldn't be here otherwise. -Lauren Jauregui

I am second-generation American, and my grandparents are from Puerto Rico. -Laurie Hernandez

My grandparents were always farmers. -Travis Fimmel

I was taken to a boarding school when I was four years old and taken away from my mother and my father, my grandparents, who I stayed with most of the time, and just abruptly taken away and then put into the boarding school, 300 miles away from our home. -Dennis Banks

My family reached the United States before the Holocaust. Both of my parents emigrated from Russia as young children. My grandparents were fleeing religious persecution and came to America seeking a better life for their family. -Jan Schakowsky

I grew up in Bristol, R.I. I had grandparents and great-grandparents nearby, and because I was the only grandchild until I was 12, I was the center of a lot of adult attention. -Nancy Dubuc

My grandparents and great-grandparents were classic East European/Russian Jewry. Quasky was the name until Grandpa Quasky changed it in 1948. -Richard Quest

My grandparents from the old country, Latvia, were all musical on my father's side. -Joel Grey

Each generation in this country gets the responsibility of being the ambassadors for this American democracy that our parents and grandparents fought, bled, and died for. -Sheldon Whitehouse

As a child in South Carolina, I spent summers like so many children – sitting on my grandparents' back porch with my siblings, spitting watermelon seeds into the garden or, even worse, swallowing them and trembling as my older brother and sister spoke of the vine that was probably already growing in my belly. -Jacqueline Woodson

In all my childhood, I never heard my grandparents say that anything shocked or surprised them. They knew what their country was capable of. -Jacqueline Woodson

My grandparents were wealthy; my mom was not. I would walk into these worlds of privilege and then walk back into this other world. My little brother is biracial. So race and economic class and sexuality – these were always issues that were a part of my life. -Jacqueline Woodson

As America is growing older, there are more and more families caring for older parents and grandparents, and it's extremely expensive. -Susan Collins

My grandparents were deeply affected by war, and it was obvious that the men who fought were horribly affected, as were the women who remained at home. -Andrea Riseborough

Let's face it: grandparents are very important to family systems. You're babysitters, but you also instill values in children that sometimes skip a generation. -Blase J. Cupich

Keeping physical items from the past is important – we keep old toys, grandparents' jewelry, yearbooks, dance recital programs – and we assign meaning to them. Those items become the memories, and that's a very healthy thing to do. The problems occur when we have too many of those sentimental items, and they start weighing us down. -Emily V. Gordon

I was born in April of 1966, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution. Soon after, my parents and grandparents all lost personal freedom simply for being intellectuals. So I spent most of my childhood rotating between adopted families of peasants and coalminers. -Li Lu

I remember watching 'The Muppet Show' in the '70s. I was six or seven, and my dad watched it with me, and my grandparents watched it with me, and we're all laughing throughout, but I think we were probably laughing at different things. -James Bobin

I watched a ton of TV because I was raised by a single mom and spent a lot of time with my grandmother. Like most grandparents do, she would spend hours and hours in front of the TV box. -Lena Waithe

When I was a kid, my grandparents were Greek immigrants on my father's side. My grandfather used to read me Greek myths, in which there are a great many goddesses and stories of strong women. And I was entranced by them. Then I started reading science fiction very young, and I loved it. -Laeta Kalogridis

I was born in love with music. My mother is a singer. Many of my aunts and uncles on my mother's side are musical. My grandparents sang and played blues piano. It's literally in my blood. -India Arie

I adored my grandparents and spent every weekend with Mama and Papa Wicks. They had seven children, so they needed a big house – and it seemed only logical to them to build into their house a pipe organ in a music room with a sixteen-foot ceiling. -Frances Hesselbein

In 1963, my parents took over a camp business from my grandparents. They turned it into a liberal, progressive, a co-educational, interracial camp for kids from all over the world, all over the country. And it was a very important cause for both of my parents. -Nina Tassler

Asian-Americans, we're not a monolithic group. There might be some Asians who are second-generation, third-generation, who may not speak the language that their parents or their grandparents spoke. -Hong Chau

My father is German; my mother is African-American. Growing up, I visited my grandparents in Berlin a lot. I would not see any other person of color for three weeks. People would stare. They would say things like, 'Oh, you look like chocolate – I want to eat you up!' -Zazie Beetz

When I was 12, I wrote a legit song – about having my heart broken, of course, because I was 12 years old going on 40. I sang the song for my mom, and she asked, 'Where did you get that song?' I told her I wrote it, and she said, 'Really?' She looked at my grandparents and just said, 'Oh, boy.' -Ashley McBryde

We're a really close family, and that was what my grandparents promoted. -Deborah Joy Winans

Some of the most green people in our lives are our parents and grandparents, who always bought locally and carefully. I remember my grandmother would buy a jar of cream and make it last for a long time. To me, that is just as green as something with an expensive, eco-savvy label on it. -Su-chin Pak

And I feel like, as a black man within black culture, I know very well firsthand – as do my parents and my grandparents and great-grandparents – we're used to things not going our way. -Kenya Barris

My dad got a job as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches biology and genetics. My dad has been obsessed with science his whole life. Both my paternal grandparents were illiterate bamboo farmers, so he really worked his way up and then got a Ph.D., full ride and everything, from universities in America. -Constance Wu

My mom is from Canada. Both my grandparents were from Canada. -Jake Tapper

My father was a director, and my mother and grandparents were actors, so I spent a great deal of my time as a teenager trying to get away from the theatre. -Marianne Elliott

My grandparents, Jim and Pat Moore, were an incredible couple. They drove me to the community theater, where I did plays as a kid. -Michael Arden

My mother and father had been through the Holocaust. The family was wiped out. I grew up never knowing aunts, uncles, or grandparents. -Elizabeth Diller

I grew up really kind of mixed up. I lived with my white grandparents and mom and got made fun of a lot because I talked like her. -Kyle

Once school let out every year, my siblings and I would get packed into a station wagon to drive to South Carolina to see my grandparents for summer vacation. If school let out on Friday, we were probably in the station wagon no later than Sunday morning, and we would make stops along the way. -Tony Rock

My grandparents would take me out fishing in their boat once a week from when I was about two or three, growing up in in Texas and Louisiana. I loved it. -RJ Mitte

I grew up in India during the 1960s and '70s in a meat-eating Hindu family. Only my mother and my grandparents were vegetarians. The rest of us enjoyed eating – on special occasions – chicken or fish or mutton. -Amitava Kumar

I have a lot of photos of my grandparents – they're my heroes, even though they've passed away. They were always happy, positive, loving to everyone they met, and a huge inspiration to me and the reason I do what I do. -Colleen Ballinger

Those labeled felons may be denied the right to vote, are automatically excluded from juries, and may be legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, public benefits, much like their grandparents or great grandparents may have been discriminated against during the Jim Crow era. -Michelle Alexander

One of the great things my grandparents and grandparents taught me was, there are those who don't have your best interests at heart. -Wendell Pierce

I don't know if it's unique, but I know many Korean American people of my generation who want to know about their grandparents' lives in Korea, but their family members won't tell them because it's too painful. But my grandmother is just a natural storyteller, and she very openly spoke about really difficult times in her life. -Crystal Hana Kim

Both my parents lived through a world war. My grandparents lived through two world wars. And they didn't go around saying, 'Look for happiness.' -Viv Albertine

As the Japanese family gets more and more atomized, grandparents don't live with the nuclear family, so parents of children can't consult with their own parents about how to raise their children and rely on that to help raise them. -Hirokazu Kore-eda

When we were kids, my favorite thing was coming to upstate New York where my family is from and hanging out with my grandparents' friends pre-Internet and them asking if we had stores or 'Do you have TV in Alaska?' -John Gourley

I listened to a lot of what my grandparents listened to: George Jones, Johnny Cash – a lot of old country singers. Patsy Cline. -Trixie Mattel

Growing up, I didn't know about the Japanese internment camps until I saw a movie of the week as an adult. I remember going, 'How come that wasn't covered in history class?' Moving to California, you run into people whose grandparents lost everything and their businesses and were put in these internment camps. -Adina Porter

I had family who exposed me to all sorts of different media involving actors – films, theatrical productions touring through Boston. My grandparents, particularly my mother's parents, were huge fans of all the arts, and they took me to these shows and exhibits at a very young age, so I was just immersed in it. -Hari Nef

You don't read many positive things about Iran in the press, which is depressing, but when I go back to my grandparents' house in the hills, and I'm sitting by the pool, sipping a bootleg Turkish beer, watching a pirate DVD, eating my grandma's cooking… you realise there is a real bridge between politics and country and people. -Kayvan Novak

I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, and most of my family lived in our neighborhood or very close by. I had my grandparents down the street, my great-grandmother next door, and my great-aunt and great-uncle one door down. -Katie Lee

Most newborn things are influenced by parents or even grandparents. -Jimmy Savile

In our culture, when the parents are having a tough time, the grandparents take care of the kids. -Shannon Sharpe

I would model when they wanted me, and as I got older, they wanted an older model. I was quite willing to be mother of the bride at 28. I was quite happy to be on the cover of a grandparents' magazine at 42; I have no ego about that. -Maye Musk

When we play an outdoor venue, you'll see whole families – boys, girls, men and women – from kids to grandparents who somehow heard the music… Think about how hard it is for artists who can never get a gig at an all-ages gig. Who goes to hear music in bars? People who can get into bars; people who drink. -Joe Satriani

I come from a family of linguists. My maternal grandparents have been authors and translators. -Ishaan Khatter

As a child, we would all go to a tiny village near Burgos, and we'd have typical Spanish parties in the summer. There would be a band and grandparents dancing all night dressed up as American Indians and things like that. -Juan Mata

I suppose I would like to find out more about my grandparents because I knew them when I was too young to grasp that they were interesting people. They were my grandparents, source of treats. -Jeremy Hardy

Haiti, if you've ever met a Haitian person, they are just really positive, and literally, if you're friends with them, then they will do anything for you. So I think that's something that is, like, a really good trait, and I'm really happy that my grandparents and my dad's side of the family is like that. -Naomi Osaka

I was six when the war started. It was terrible. My house was destroyed, so we went to live with my grandparents. The whole family was there, maybe 15 people all staying in an apartment about 35m square. It was very hard. -Edin Dzeko

Rajasthan is a place I visit very often. My grandparents live in the village called Kulhariyon Ka Baas, and I am originally from Rajasthan. -Kirti Kulhari

As I got older, my pops tried to keep me involved with the culture by telling me the stories of the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, how he came to America, and about our family back home, because all that side of my family – my aunties, grandparents – is in Africa. -Nipsey Hussle

My grandparents really wanted me to go to Harvard. They thought that was writing your ticket for the future. How could I turn that down? But my mom knew I needed a balance. She knew that I loved basketball. -Malcolm Brogdon

Especially in America, when you move away from home, sometimes you get disconnected with your grandparents, your friends you grew up with. -Zal Batmanglij

My grandparents were from Kentucky – I'm related to Daniel Boone. He was my great-great-great uncle. -Dennis Hopper

My grandparents came from a typical Marathi family, where they respect the value of rules and regulations. -Mithila Palkar

The cutest part is that both my grandparents have tried to adapt to my dream. When I sat them down and showed them a film that I did – with an intimate scene in it – I was surprised that their reaction wasn't dramatic. My grandmother even came to me to ask, 'How do you do it?' -Mithila Palkar

I spent the most impressionable years of my life with my grandparents, and they meant a lot to me, which is why I wanted them to come around with my decision of acting. -Mithila Palkar

Our grandparents' generation prefers to watch film on TV rather than going to the theatre because of the simple reason that they are really old. Watching a film for, say, two hours at a stretch is difficult for them. -Mithila Palkar

My grandparents have taught me that since I was younger: just to be involved in a whole bunch of different things so you don't get burnt out, and you know what you like to do and what you don't like to do. -Willie Cauley-Stein

With my grandparents, it was almost like a hippie lifestyle. I could do whatever I wanted. If I didn't want to do my homework, I didn't do it. -Willie Cauley-Stein

When I worked picking cotton as a boy with my grandparents, when blacks were moral and hard-working, we loved the country, too. It only makes sense to love the place where you were born – especially the United States of America. But as blacks fell for the lies of socialism and communism, they also fell away from love. -Jesse Lee Peterson

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