Family Problems Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old family problems quotes, family problems sayings, and family problems proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

Roger Gould

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

Scott Weiland

We're a very close family and we're a very real family, and I think every real family has real problems.

Emilio Estevez

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

Emma Thompson

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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I can't say it's not painful being estranged from most of my family. I wish it could be otherwise.     

LaToya Jackson

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.

Isaac Rosenfeld

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


Otherwise, you just become partners managing the kids and life, and that makes your marriage more vulnerable to problems down the road.     

Laura Berman

The old problems - love, money, security, status, health, etc. - are still here to plague us or please us.     

Shelley Berman

Everybody's family has problems.

Greg Kinnear

Sometimes problems don't require a solution to solve them; instead they require maturity to outgrow them.

Steve Maraboli

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy

I grew up in a family in which political issues were often discussed, and debated intensely.     

Joseph Stiglitz

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.     

William R. Alger

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.     

John Steinbeck

The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.

Dalai Lama

Pick a dysfunction and it's a family problem.

Robert Downey, Jr.

How many solutions are found to family problems if we take time to reflect? If we think of a husband or wife and we dream about their good qualities that they have? Don't ever lose the illusion of when you were boyfriend and girlfriend!     

Pope Francis

Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren't solved, they're dealt with.

Roger Ebert

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.     

Toni Morrison

Most couples have not had hundreds of arguments; they've had the same argument hundreds of times.

Gay Hendricks

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.     

Bertrand Russell

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Mercy Pheona

The American family is not simply changing; it is getting weaker. . . . Family decline drives some of our most urgent social problems. . . . The heart of the family problem lies in the steady breakup of the two-parent home.     

David Popenoe

A busy mother makes slothful daughters.     

Portuguese Proverb

I was the black sheep of the family, and my mother never really understood me.     

Andre Rieu

Problems are like washing machines. They twist us, spin us and knock us around but in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.


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