90 Dysfunctional Family Quotes That You Will Relate To

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Every family has underlying problems. Some are too toxic which break family relations and where the children suffer due to their family problems. And some families are crazy dysfunctional. They are a bunch of mad people who are staying together (wink). So in either cases its too bad or mad.

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These dysfunctional family quotes are deep, sad, broken, funny, hilarious which might inspire you to take things on a light note and not let those broken and toxic relations affect your life in the long run.

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  • Dysfunctional Family Quotes
  • Funny Dysfunctional Family Quotes

Don’t forget to check our post on toxic family quotes and family problems quotes that you might relate to if you have bad relationships with your family members.

Dysfunctional Family Quotes

  1. “Everybody’s family has problems.”

  2. “Pick a dysfunction and it’s a family problem.”

  3. “You are not part of a toxic family if you walk away.”

  4. “I grew up in a dysfunctional family.”- Melissa Gilbert

  5. “I was born into this family and all I got was a bad attitude.”                                                           
    Quotes About Dysfunctional Family
    Quotes About Dysfunctional Family

  6. “If you can stand up to your family, you can stand up to anyone.”

  7. “A busy mother makes slothful daughters.” – Portuguese Proverb

  8. “The human race is one big dysfunctional family.”- Robert Barron

  9. “Family isn’t about whose blood you have. It’s about who you care about.”

  10. “You didn’t choose your family, but you can choose how to define family.”

  11. “I don’t wish I was born in a different family; I wish I was born in a real family.”

  12. “Calling this a family doesn’t make it a loving home, it just makes it a hateful lie.”

  13. “I like when people tell me about their family issues, I feel like I know them better.”

  14. “Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.”- Gene Hackman

  15. “Giving birth doesn’t make you a parent, me choosing to call you Mom (or Dad) does.”

  16. “People talk about dysfunctional families; I’ve never seen any other kind.”- Sue Grafton                                                                                                                                                 
    Dysfunctional Family Sayings
    Dysfunctional Family Sayings

  17. “These people were meant to raise me, instead I’ve had to raise them right out of my life.”

  18. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy

  19. “When you walk away from a toxic family, you begin the journey of finding your true people.”

  20. “It doesn’t matter what kind of problems a family is having; it should always stay in the family.”

  21. “You don’t get to choose your family, but you do get to choose how they’re allowed to treat you.”

  22. “A dysfunctional family is not a family at all, it’s a toxic relationship parading as a requirement.”                                                                                                             
    Dysfunctional Family Quotes
    Dysfunctional Family Quotes

  23. “Here’s to the kids who are tired of going through the same family problems over & over again…”

  24. “Many teenagers would like to have emotional outlet whenever they experience family problems.”

  25. “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”- George Bernard Shaw

  26. “In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted; it’s the talking about them that is forbidden.”                                                                                                                             
    Sad Dysfunctional Family Quotes
    Sad Dysfunctional Family Quotes

  27. “Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren’t solved, they’re dealt with.” – Roger Ebert

  28. “You may feel guilty for leaving your family behind, but you’ll never regret moving yourself forward.”

  29. “People who come from dysfunctional families are not destined for a dysfunctional life.” – Bo Bennett                                                                                                                                   
    Dysfunctional Family Quotes Images
    Dysfunctional Family Quotes Images

  30. “We all come from dysfunctional families and these days I guess that’s pretty normal.”- Carnie Wilson

  31. “We’re a very close family and we’re a very real family, and I think every real family has real problems.”

  32. “Most couples have not had hundreds of arguments; they’ve had the same argument hundreds of times.”

  33. “They’ve really got to recognize that all of us bring some of our family issues to work and our work home.”

  34. “Toxic family relationships spoil all other relationships, unless you remove the poison before it’s too late.”

  35. “The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.” – Dalai Lama

  36. “A good family will see your boundaries and move around them, a toxic family won’t even realize they’re there.”

  37. “You can’t teach a son to be loyal if the father is not loyal. The same applies with the mother and her daughter.”

  38. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”- Richard Bach

  39. “Refuse to inherit dysfunction. Learn new ways of living instead of repeating what you lived through.” – Thema Davis                                                                                               
    Bad Family Quotes
    Bad Family Quotes

  40. “In many respects, the way we were treated by our family ends up being the same treatment we offer the world.”

  41. “I come from a dysfunctional family, so my view of parents and parenting used to be highly mixed.” – Tamora Pierce

  42. “Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.”- Gail Buckley

  43. “It is a family; it’s a slightly dysfunctional family, but it’s also very close and warm and loving family.”- Anna Wintour

  44. “Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.”

  45. “There is no such thing as the perfect family. Every family is unique with its own combination of strengths and weaknesses.”                                                                     
    Deep Dysfunctional Family Quote
    Deep Dysfunctional Family Quote

  46. “A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there’s a secure family atmosphere.”

  47. “Weddings are never about the bride and groom, weddings are public platforms for dysfunctional families.”- Lisa Kleypas

  48. “I feel like anyone who’s ever said the words ‘your parents must be proud’ obviously have some deep rooted family issues.”

  49. “Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache.” – Iyanla Vanzant

  50. “The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.” – Bertrand Russell

  51. “Honestly, my family issues are the one thing that get to me, but they have made me so much stronger than I could’ve hoped for.”

  52. “Sometimes I regret being nice, apologizing when I didn’t do anything wrong, and for making unworthy people a priority in my life.”

  53. “Families are homes built on a foundation of trust and love. A toxic family can never be a home, because the foundation doesn’t exist.”                                                         
    Dysfunctional Family Members Quotes
    Dysfunctional Family Members Quotes

  54. “A word of brotherly advice: don’t broadcast your personal family issues on social media. It will only show how weak and insecure you are.”

  55. “I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.”

  56. “Always be kind to your parents. Everyone has arguments, but always remember to help them through their problems. Keep family close.”

  57. “Deep inside us, we know what every family therapist knows: the problems between the parents become the problems within the children.”

  58. “Family problems come in all shapes and sizes; some are short-lived and easily managed, while others are more chronic and difficult to handle.”

  59. “I want my parents stop fighting. I’m so sick of the fighting. All the yelling, the screaming, the threatening, I need to get out. I want to be happy again.”

  60. “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”- Queen Elizabeth II

  61. “Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation.”

  62. “There is something frightful in the way in which not only characteristic qualities, but particular manifestations of them, are repeated from generation to generation.”

  63. “Burdens and opposition will always be there. What is really needed is a clear solid path towards problem resolution and then being mutually encouraged as a family.”

  64. “Running away from your family’s problems will not provide solutions. What you really want are solid solutions and a reasonable plan to address family conflict and pain.”

  65. “In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm.”

  66. “With words, I could build a world I could live in. I had a very dysfunctional family, and a very hard childhood. So I made a world out of words. And it was my salvation.”- Mary Oliver

  67. “The current relationship between companies and the workforce is like marrying into a dysfunctional family. Only you don’t get to escape when the holiday meal is over.” – Bill Jensen

  68. “I was always the new kid in school, I’m the kid from a broken family, I’m the kid who had no dad showing up at the father-son stuff, I’m the kid that was using food stamps at the grocery store.”

  69. “When you know to round up your siblings or for you to leave the house or to get in someone’s room, before your parents start fighting, there are definitely some issues you need to talk about.”

  70. “Making amends is not only saying the words but also being willing to listen to how your behavior caused another’s pain, and then the really hard part…changing behavior.” – David W. Earle

  71. “When you’re in a broken family and your role model is a violent male, boys grow up believing that’s the way they are supposed to act. And girls think that’s an accepted way man will treat them.”

  72. “Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.”

  73. “If you grew up in a dysfunctional family, then there is really no hope for you to have a good relationship. That is another myth that we have to throw off, so that we can get into what I call Reality.”- Gary Chapman

  74. “In my family, as in all dysfunctional families, instead of parents who act as strong and nurturing role models for their children, you get these needy people who use their children. I was the kid who tried to take on the marriage.” – John Bradshaw

  75. “If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you’ll be going, ‘you know, we’re alright. We are dang near royalty.’”- Jeff Foxworthy

  76. “It’s frightening seeing in ourselves the same ingredients as dysfunctional members of our families. Fortunately, as it is with baking, the proportions, mix, and temperature of the exact same ingredients can yield anything from burnt cookies to elegant soufflés.” – Alan Robert Neal

  77. “Family dysfunction rolls down from generation to generation, like a fire in the woods, taking down everything in its path until one person in one generation has the courage to turn and face the flames. That person brings peace to their ancestors and spares the children that follow.” – Terry Real

  78. “Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.” – Mignon McLaughlin

  79. “Your whole being is involved in taking care of someone else, worrying about what they think of you, how they treat you, how you can make them treat you better. Right now everyone in the world seems to think that they are codependent and that they come from dysfunctional families. They call it codependency. I call it the human condition.”- Cynthia Heimel

  80. “There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.”

Funny Dysfunctional Family Quotes

  1. “Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.”- Cary Grant                                                   
    Funny Dysfunctional Family Quotes
    Funny Dysfunctional Family Quotes

  2. “Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.”- Sam Levenson

  3. “Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” – Les Dawson

  4. “Few mistakes can be made by a mother-in-law who is willing to baby-sit.”

  5. “All the men in my family were bearded, and most of the women.”- W.C. Fields

  6. “Bleeding ulcers run in my family: We give them to each other.”- Lois McMaster Bujold

  7. “To encourage my little kid to eat something, I’d sometimes say: “Just pretend it’s sand.”

  8. “I think a dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.”- Mary Karr

  9. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”- George Burns                                                                                                                               
    Dysfunctional Family Memes
    Dysfunctional Family Memes

  10. “I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom.”- Bob Hope

  11. “The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.”- George Carlin

  12. “Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern… like bad wallpaper.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  13. “Nothing in life is fun for the whole family. There are no massage parlors with ice cream and free jewelry.” -Jerry Seinfeld

  14. “Obviously, if I was serious about having a relationship with someone long-term, the last people I would introduce him to would be my family.”- Chelsea Handler

  15. “For the first time ever I was taking the family on the road. We stayed with my in-laws, which on life’s list of experiences ranks right below sitting in a tub full of scissors.”- Jeff Foxworthy

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