While visions of mothers and Mother's Day dance in our heads, let's take a moment to reflect on the grandest mothers of all: grandmothers.

Here, in celebration of grandmothers during this Mother's Day season, sixteen bits of wisdom on and of grandmas as noted by literary greats.

“Grandmotherhood initiated me into a world of play, where all things became fresh, alive, and honest again through my grandchildren's eyes. Mostly, it retaught me love.”

― Sue Monk Kidd

“Grandmother. The true power behind the power.”

― Lisa Birnbach

“We believed in our grandmother’s cooking more fervently than we believed in God.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

“What she showed me was, Yes, I am Grandmother as she is; there is no separation, really, between us. And that, on this planet, Grandmother Earth, there is no higher authority. That our inseparability is why the planet will be steered to safety by Grandmother/Grandmothers or it will not be steered to safety at all.”

― Alice Walker, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

“Some moments can only be cured with a big squishy grandma hug.”

― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

“This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.”

― Rick Bragg

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

― Erma Bombeck

“I know nothing about her. Just some books, and some stories she tried to tell me, and things I didn't understand, and I remember big red soft hands and that smell. I never knew who she really was. I mean, she must have been nine too, once.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

“Granny always said finding justice was as tough as putting socks on a rooster.”

― Jessica Maria Tuccelli, Glow

“I have the idea that we grandmothers are meant to play the part of protective witches; we must watch over younger women, children, community and also, why not? this mistreated planet, the victim of such unrelenting desecration.”

― Isabel Allende, Paula

“Every house needs a grandmother in it.”

― Louisa May Alcott

“I still loved Granny. It flowed out of my chest. With Granny gone, where would my love go?”

― Jessica Maria Tuccelli, Glow

“A faint smell of lilac filled the air. There was always lilac in this part of town. Where there were grandmothers, there was always lilac.”

― Laura Miller, Butterfly Weeds

“'Once your words fly out of your mouth, you sometimes can't control whether they fly straight or crooked,' Grandma Augustine says. 'They can get bent in the strangest ways.' Grandma Augustine says that the only way to straighten out bad words is to keep making good ones until you say what you need to say to who you need to say it to.”

― Lori Aurelia Williams, When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

“If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn't have given us grandmothers.”

― Linda Henley

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see—or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read."

― Alice Walker

Lisa is a Colorado-based freelance writer. She publishes the Grandma's Briefs website, where she shares bits on life's second act and strives to smash the outdated "grandma" stereotype. Lisa has been married to the same man forever; together they have three adult daughters, one son-in-law and three adorable grandsons — children of the middle daughter and her husband. Lisa is easy to find online as she's known as GrandmasBriefs wherever she goes: Twitter (@grandmasbriefs), Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere.