Two profound quotes about grandsons from well-known historical figures are "There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson," and "I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be." The former comes from French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, and the latter is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president.
The Victor Hugo quote appears within his popular novel "Les Miserables," which was originally published in 1862 and was later made into both a musical and a movie. Abraham Lincoln's quote was spoken out loud when Lincoln was questioned about his humble family background, according to Ida Tarbell's 1896 biography.
One of Lincoln's greatest achievements was freeing any American citizen from slavery with his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. He aimed to end the American Civil War "with malice toward none" and "with charity for all," ideals that are reminiscent of a Native American proverb in which a grandfather tells his grandson that he has two wolves inside him battling for control. The grandfather states that he must choose whether to feed the one that promotes "peace, love and kindness," or, alternatively, the one that is fearful, greedy and hateful.