Stereotype Quotes | Sayings on Challenging Stereotypes & Labels

The greatest challenge in breaking free from stereotypes is not changing others’ perceptions, but changing our own.

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Stereotypes are like echoes of the past that distort the reality of the present and cloud the possibilities of the future.

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The thing about stereotyping is it’s usually just throwing rocks into a crowd hoping to hit somebody who deserves it.
– Criss Jami

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We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.
– Sheryl Sandberg

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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

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When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a b*tch.

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When we stereotype, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to truly understand and connect with others.

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Stereotypes are not only limiting to those who are being stereotyped, but also to those who hold the stereotypes as they prevent from seeing the nuances of the world.

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Stereotypes are like glasses that warp our vision, preventing us from seeing the true diversity and complexity of the world.

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I don’t believe in stereotypes. I prefer to hate people on a more personal basis.
– Benjamin Franklin

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Stereotypes are like chains that bind us to the past, holding us back from seeing the true potential of others and ourselves.

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When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.
– Criss Jami

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Not all ‘whites’ are racists. Not all racists are ‘white.
– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.
– Virginia Woolf

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Once you label me you negate me.
– Soren Kierkegaard

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I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
– Jane Austen

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One of the most insidious aspects of stereotypes is that they are often so subtle, we don’t even realize we’re being influenced by them.

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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

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I am a rare species, not a stereotype.
– Ivan E. Coyote

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Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.
– Forest Whitaker

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