Family Problems Sayings and Quotes

Every family is unique with their own set of quirks and issues. While no family is perfect, it’s important to remember that you're in it together. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful family problems quotes.


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

Roger Gould

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

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

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

Gay Hendricks

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

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

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

LaToya Jackson

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

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

Steve Maraboli

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

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

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

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

Pick a dysfunction and it's a family problem.     

Robert Downey, Jr.

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

Roger Ebert

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

Andre Rieu

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

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

Dalai Lama

The two of you — father and son— should take walks in the evening and talk (without purpose or routes) about this and that.     

Richard P. Feynman

My father left me his words. From them I remember both his outlook on life and his voice, positive, and clear. He was someone who didn't worry about small problems. His advice here—leave it; let it go— is inspiring.     

Richard P. Feynman

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

Bertrand Russell

Where but in Kenya can a man whose grandfather was a cannibal watch a really good game of polo?     

Marina Sulzberger

Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.     

George Burns

Sometimes life can be difficult. Life happens. From financial problems to struggling children to marital stress, a father could easily get bogged down in the day to day drudge     

Brooke Jorden

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.     

Sam Levenson

A family harmony would make so essential a part of my happiness that I could never enjoy myself without it.     

Abigail Adams

We have been a scattered family. If some of my children could now be collected round the parent Hive it appears to me, that it would add much to the happiness of our declining years.     

Abigail Adams

I want to spend more time with my family, but I'm not sure they want to spend more time with me.     

Esther Rantzen

My father is a bastard / My Ma's an S.O.B./ My grandpa's always plastered / My grandma pushes tea / My sister wears a moustache / My brother wears a dress / Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess.     

Stephen Sondheim

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.     

George Bernard Shaw

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.     

Leo Tolstoy

Do not display to others your family's ugly problems.     

Chinese Proverbs

There is no school equal to decent home and no teachers equal to honest virtuous parents.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There is too much stress today on material things. Teach your children not so much the value of cents but the sense of values.     

Morris Franklin

The family has become too scared of its children; the children too insecure in their remoteness from their parents; and the church too much of a social welfare organization for the good of the family, the church, or society.     

A. Whitney Griswold

The best legacy a parent can leave his children is more of his time every day.     

O.A. Battista

It is only necessary to make war with five things; / with the maladies of the body / the ignorances of the mind / with the passions of the body / with the seditions of the city / and the discords of families.     

Pythagoras

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Think of your family today and every day thereafter, don't let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.     

Josiah Royce

If we're sitting at dinner and there's no conversation going on because everybody's got their head someplace else in their iPhone, that's a family problem that needs to be solved.     

Ross W. Greene

The more you’re loving and understanding, the more your kids will sing.      

Maxime Lagace

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family.      

Jim Butcher

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.     

Anthony Brandt

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.     

Margaret Thatcher