30+ Best Stereotype Quotes: Exclusive Selection

In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. Inspirational stereotype quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Stereotype Quotes

Stereotypes exist because there’s always some truth to stereotypes. Not always, but often. Maz Jobrani

A stereotype may be negative or positive, but even positive stereotypes present two problems: They are cliches, and they present a human being as far more simple and uniform than any human being actually is. Nancy Kress

A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it. Kelley Armstrong

Stereotypes are based on the idea that two heads are bigger than one. Anthony Marais

There is no right way to live. You preclude a lot of life by trying to conform to that kind of ideal or stereotype. And it’s a natural inclination in a world where it’s so complex and so occasionally valueless, morally bankrupt, and chaotic that we want to reach back to something in our past. Gary Ross

All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin to realize they’re stereotypes because they’re true. David Cronenberg

Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches. Harold Evans

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In every community, some people will fit every stereotype, and some people will fit no stereotypes, and both are valid representations for that community. Tyler Oakley

There’s a difference between being yourself and being your stereotype. Iggy Azalea

The stereotypes really play into what kinds of companies women can get funded for. Anita Borg

Stereotypes wouldn’t be so bad if black people were nicer, in general. Anthony Jeselnik

Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart. Ed Koch

Stereotypes fall in the face of humanity. We human beings are best understood one at a time. Anna Quindlen

Stereotypes are the mind’s shorthand for dealing with complexities. They have two aspects: they are much blunter than reality; they are shaped to fit a man’s preferences or prejudgments. Thus two principles are involved: differentiation or its lack, and biased preferential perception. Robert E Lane

You run into stereotypes so that the stereotype filters who you are and what you do, and having to deal with that was the most frustrating thing for me. Pauline Oliveros

Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing. Junot Diaz

Sometimes the stereotypes that a lot of people have are of black men in jail or who don’t take care of their kids, so I think it’s always important to have that. Morris Chestnut

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west’s stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art’s assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. Camille Paglia

The stereotype of the supercrip, in the eyes of its critics, represents a sort of overachieving, overdetermined self-enfreakment that distracts from the lived daily reality of most disabled people. José Alaniz

There are stereotypes it’s like an invisible line, but somehow you have to find the energy to be strong, to be super-confident, no matter if you are in front of the president of the U.S. or anyone else. Thalia

There are stereotypes that have been out there for a long time that tell girls that their main asset, the main thing that they are valued for, is their appearance and also that it’s to the exclusion of anything else. Danica Mckellar

Stereotypes should never influence policy or public opinion. Janet Reno

The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity that it’s this or maybe that you have just one large statement; it is this. Chinua Achebe

The stereotype of aging as a progressive loss of function is generally true only for people who stop functioning. Joan Z. Borysenko

Stereotypes have their roots in truth. Emma Walton Hamilton

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful. Margaret Mead

Stereotypes are fast and easy, but they are lies, and the truth takes its time. Deb Caletti

Stereotypes work to help divide women from recognizing their common interests. Melissa Harris-Perry

Popular in our time, unpopular in his. So runs the stereotype of rejected genius. Anonymous

Stereotypes are ways of making extremely primitive and simple differentiations. Differentiations of gender, race, class, social status so ordinary social life is very much built upon a whole repertoire of stereotypes we carry around. And those are immediately laminated onto people, and it isn’t just visual. W. J. T. Mitchell