Top 105 Dysfunctional Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Dysfunctional Quotes from famous people such as Mike Flanagan, Art Malik, Russell Means, Christopher Fowler, Lindsey Buckingham, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I'm always drawn toward family drama, and dysfunctional

I’m always drawn toward family drama, and dysfunctional family stories. It speaks to me, in a really profound way, and I think there’s so much to explore within it.
Mike Flanagan
Most families are dysfunctional.
Art Malik
I tell the truth, and I expose myself as a weak, misguided, misdirected, dysfunctional human being I used to be.
Russell Means
As a child marooned in a post-war South London backwater with no ready cash and a bafflingly dysfunctional family, I had to glean my amusement wherever I could.
Christopher Fowler
You could say that Fleetwood Mac is a bit of a dysfunctional family, but we are a family.
Lindsey Buckingham
I love making people laugh. It’s an addiction and it’s probably dysfunctional, but I am addicted to it and there’s no greater pleasure for me than sitting in a theater and feeling a lot of people losing control of themselves.
Jay Roach
The motivations I had for being successful were somewhat dysfunctional.
Molly Bloom
The dynamic of how women and men are meant to interact, for those of us who are looking for a heterosexual relationship, is very broken, and it leads to a lot of really dysfunctional relationships, abusive and otherwise.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
The black community has fallen into this horribly dysfunctional equilibrium.
Amy Wax
In a very dysfunctional business, CNN happens to be the most functional network I’ve worked at.
S.E. Cupp
The dichotomy between art and industry is totally dysfunctional in terms of film.
Ann Macbeth
We fight a lot, you know, but that’s family. We may be dysfunctional but we’re still family.
Star Jones
‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeannette Walls is the quintessential dysfunctional family.
Sara Shepard
The immigration flows have to be controlled. We have to know who comes into Italy. The problem shouldn’t be left to oversized, dysfunctional, nongovernmental groups.
Beppe Grillo
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
My childhood had much clarity. I didn’t see abuse. I didn’t see my parents bickering. I didn’t live in a dysfunctional family.
Masaba Gupta
Clearly, America’s dysfunctional food culture must bear some of the blame for our excess pounds, but it’s likely our walking-averse lifestyles contribute as well.
Andrew Weil
Any time an elected official in the world we’re in today that appears so dysfunctional challenges a core constituency not of their opponent but of their own political base, I think we should pause and give them credit.
Jeb Bush
My parents were like June and Ward Cleaver; there was nothing dysfunctional about them.
Kelly Ripa
It’s possible to fall in love with somebody who doesn’t treat us well, who makes us feel worse about ourselves, who doesn’t hold the same respect for us as we do for them, or who has such a dysfunctional life themselves that they threaten to bring us down with them.
Mark Manson
People who come from dysfunctional families are not destined for a dysfunctional life.
Bo Bennett
There’s an awful lot about our criminal justice system that is dysfunctional. Everyone who sets foot in a criminal courtroom will see myriad ways the system is dysfunctional.
Chesa Boudin
I have a very non-existent, dysfunctional relationship with my biological mother.
Antoni Porowski
Dysfunctional co-dependent relationships always appeal to me. I don’t know exactly how it started. I start writing sketches of characters and little scene-lets, and then it builds.
Elizabeth Meriwether
Congress is dysfunctional.
Bob Filner
I don’t think people who are already burdened with social, economic, psychological situations, dysfunctional families, need to be burdened with other people with the same problems.
Connie Nielsen
Government is dysfunctional.
Michael Bloomberg
I grew up in a dysfunctional family.
Melissa Gilbert
In Limerick, a family that was dysfunctional was one who could afford to drink but didn’t.
Malachy McCourt
The people of the Balkans are like a dysfunctional family. We may fight and argue, but in the end we are family.
Vlade Divac
I was raised in a house where my mom was the primary breadwinner. It was a dysfunctional house, but she showed tremendous resilience.
Chamath Palihapitiya
America is one big dysfunctional family and we are stil

America is one big dysfunctional family and we are still trying to figure out how to live together.
Eddie Griffin
I know whenever it comes to be really dysfunctional and vile and base and hostile on screen, I’m good at that!
Werner Herzog
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
Trouble is, I’m definitely on the spectrum somewhere – there’s a dysfunctional side.
Keith Flint
One of the things that unfortunately happens in organizations that become dysfunctional is that the very first thing to go is the amount of care and attention that you place on the workplace and the environment within which people work.
Sergio Marchionne
Mitch McConnell is not well liked. Many Kentuckians feel that he has left them behind, that he is a part of the D.C. sort of swamp, the system that has left so many Kentuckians behind, that is really dysfunctional.
Amy McGrath
The truth is that searching for our commonality instead of our differences could transform our dysfunctional politics.
Raja Krishnamoorthi
I love my ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ cast. They are so funny and crazy, like a big dysfunctional family. It’s so much fun, and I love the issues that we talk about on that show. We deal with nuanced and controversial issues, and we do it in a way that’s funny. It’s comedy.
Teyonah Parris
Cubans have no bar to being legalized once they are in America. All other Hispanics – with the exception of Puerto Ricans – have to go through a broken, dysfunctional process. One group is American from day one. And all the rest are trying to be.
Joe Garcia
Candor is the key to collaborating effectively. Lack of candor leads to dysfunctional environments.
Edwin Catmull
If you’re worried about the deficit, pay attention to the fact that it’s almost all attributable to military spending and the totally dysfunctional health program.
Noam Chomsky
Every friendship goes through ups and downs. Dysfunctional patterns set in; external situations cause internal friction; you grow apart and then bounce back together.
Mariella Frostrup
Despite the best intentions, companies often become culturally dysfunctional. This occurs when leadership has a perception about the culture that conflicts with reality, or leadership behaves differently than what might be written down.
Peter Levine
I think every family is dysfunctional, and some manage to control it better than others.
Viggo Mortensen
Besides great climates and lovely beaches, California and Greece share a fondness for dysfunctional politics and feckless budgeting.
James Surowiecki
Many of us live in dysfunctional families, and so even if it’s in a fairy tale, or perhaps because it’s in a fairy tale, we have a chance to look at that side of our reflected lives differently.
Kenneth Branagh
All too often, government’s response to social breakdown has been a classic case of ‘patching’ – a case of handing money out, containing problems and limiting the damage but, in doing so, supporting – even reinforcing – dysfunctional behaviour.
Iain Duncan Smith
I grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides, but I sort of put up these reflectors to most of the negative things that have occurred in my life. I don’t carry around much baggage.
Lakeith Stanfield
I know I was a generic dysfunctional child, but I think a lot of people are.
Henry Rollins
Nobody’s favorite movie is some dark, dysfunctional slasher story. Everybody’s favorite song is a sentimental song. So why all of a sudden is it bad to be sentimental in books?
Mitch Albom
With the world as it now presents itself, there is something perverse, and probably dysfunctional, about a person who stays in the same house for 40 years. What about the expanding family syndrome, the school-lottery migration, the property portfolio neurosis? Have you no imagination?
Iain Sinclair
Children in dysfunctional homes at risk of abuse are kept in danger for too long because politically correct rules mean we won’t challenge unfit parents.
Michael Gove
I can hardly find the words to describe the peace I felt when I was acting. My dysfunctional self could actually plug in to another self, not my own, and it felt so good.
Thandie Newton
Listen, I come from the most screwed-up dysfunctional situation. You’ve got violence. Police at your house. Your dad’s gone. Nowhere to live. I want people to know, if I can make it, anybody can make it.
Dabo Swinney
Mary Trump’s ‘Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man’ tells a remarkable story, the broad strokes of which many already knew. Mary Trump offers a tale of what she calls ‘malignant’ family dysfunction, and how it produced a malignantly dysfunctional president.
George T. Conway III
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
It’s as simple as you can explain all of ‘Dallas.’ We’re a dysfunctional family forced to stay together.
Patrick Duffy
A dysfunctional team means a dysfunctional – and likely doomed – company.
Sallie Krawcheck
I didn’t have a dysfunctional childhood or young adulthood, but I was somebody who was very much raised to do what other people told me to do as a person.
Shelley Fabares
I was elected to come to an incredibly dysfunctional capital and make the government work better, and that’s what I’m doing.
Andrew Cuomo