90 Double Standards Quotes on How Unfair Society Is

Unlearn the manifestations of oppression and take the first step toward change by being aware of what goes on in society through these double standards quotes.

“Double standard” is the unfair treatment and rules being applied to different groups. This kind of thinking is a result of sexism, racism, and prejudice. Until now, it is still present and experienced by many.

It is hard to stop having double standards since it is rooted in a much larger systematic mistreatment. But, being aware is the first step to start undoing the unfair thoughts we have of others. Read more about it in our collection below.

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Best Double Standards Quotes

1. “For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.” – Noam Chomsky

2. “It is forbidden to kill. Therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire

3. “Single vision produces worse illusions than double vision or many-headed monsters.” – Donna J. Haraway

4. “When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.” – Bette Davis

5. “Morality is what the queen expects from the hive, not from herself.” – Marty Rubin 

6. “It is vain to expect virtue from women ’till they are to some degree independent of men.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

7. “We always blame the woman when a man falls in love, as though no man had the courage of his inclinations.” – Samuel Taylor

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

9. “We have a double standard, which is to say, a man can show how much he cares by being violent. See, he’s jealous. He cares. A woman shows how much she cares by how much she’s willing to be hurt. By how much she will take, how much she will endure, how suicidal she’s prepared to be.” – Andrea Dworkin

10. “All a woman has to do is to slip once, and she’s a tramp. A man can kill, lie, cheat.” – Joan Crawford

11. “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

12. “Leaders scan the future so it can be free of doubts and fear. They do so by not living a double standard life in the present.” – Israelmore Ayivor

13. “Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.” – Logan Pearsall Smith

14. “She was flabbergasted by the backward thinking of humankind. The damaging double standards that fueled gender disparity infuriated her.” – Wiss Auguste

15. “Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him, or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

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16. “We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” – John F. Kennedy

17. “The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now, tell me that’s not royally fucked up.” – Jessica Valenti

18. “History is filled with double standards—a man who uses a woman is colored an ass, yet, a woman who uses a man is hailed as resourceful.” – Ken Poirot

19. “There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.” – Erich Fromm

20. “If a man is highly sexed, he’s virile. If a woman is, she’s a nymphomaniac. With them, it’s power, but with us, it’s a disease! Even the act of sex is called penetration! Why don’t they call it enclosure?” – Gemma Hatchback

21. “It’s the old American double standard, you know? Say one thing, do something different, and of course, this country is founded on the double standard. That’s our history. We were founded on a very basic double standard—this country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.” – George Carlin

22. “The women always get blamed. Have you noticed that? The wives are nags. The mistress is a bitch for betraying the sisterhood, and the men just fall through the cracks in between. We expect so little from our boys, don’t we, Grace?” – Louise O’Neill

23. “I spend some of my time brooding about people who seem addicted to double standards. Those who take an allegedly principled stand on a Monday, then switch firmly to the opposite principle on Tuesday if it is to their advantage.” – John Leonard 

24. “When a lady says no, she means perhaps. When she says perhaps, she means yes. When she says yes, she is no lady.” – American Proverb 

25. “A politician is a man who will double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.” – Oscar Levant

26. “I will not calm down! Women are allowed to get angrier than men about double standards.” – Elizabeth Abrams

27. “You hear things like, ‘People shouldn’t know about your life because you’re creating an illusion on-screen.’ But I don’t see other actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality. That’s an unfair double standard.” – Elliott Page

28. “They are all innocent until proven guilty, but not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.” – Louise O’Neill

29. “The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented hell.” – Bertrand Russell

30. “Do you really believe that everything historians tell us about men, or about women, is actually true? You ought to consider the fact that these histories have been written by men who never tell the truth except by accident.” – Moderata Fonte

Enlightening Quotes on Double Standards to Break the Prejudice

31. “People can’t handle the truth unless you speak to them with a mirror.” – Lakia Echols

32. “I think there are two different oceans—the one that plays with you in the summer, and the one that gets so mad in the winter.” – Jodi Picoult

33. “Go put your creed into your deed nor speak with double tongue.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” – Socrates

35. “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.” – Oscar Wilde

36. “Many of us believe that wrongs aren’t wrong if it’s done by nice people like ourselves.” – Anonymous

37. “Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect—freedom of thought and freedom of action.” – Frank Murphy

38. “The moral world has no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

39. “Few love to hear the sins they love to act.” – William Shakespeare

40. “The person portrayed and the portrait is two entirely different things.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

41. “We have two kinds of morality side by side—one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.” – Bertrand Russell

42. “When I see you, I think, ‘I wonder which face she sees when she looks into the mirror.'” – C. JoyBell C.

43. “Once you’ve lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It’s a mentality, a double standard of existence.” – David John Moore Cornwell

44. “Hypocrisy has its own elegant symmetry.” – Julie Metz

45. “God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” – William Shakespeare

Quotes About the Double Standards Applied to Men and Women

46. “The double standard of morality will survive in this world so long as the woman whose husband has been lured away is favored with the sympathetic tears of other women, and a man whose wife has made off is laughed at by other men.” – Henry Louis Mencken

47. “Women who love themselves are threatening, but men who love real women, more so.” – Naomi Wolf

48. “Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it.” – Naomi Wolf

49. “One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

50. “Now, look, all I’m trying to say is that there are lots of things that a man can do, and in society’s eyes, it’s all hunky-dory. A woman does the same things, the same thing, mind you, and she’s an outcast. All I’m saying is why let this deplorable system seep into our courts of law where women are supposed to be equal.” – Katharine Hepburn 

51. “The rule seemed to be that a great woman must either die unwed or find a still greater man to marry her. The great man, on the other hand, could marry where he liked, not being restricted to great women. Indeed, it was often found sweet and commendable in him to choose a woman of no sort of greatness at all.” – Dorothy L. Sayers

52. “I will never deny that life isn’t fair. It seems as though when a woman leaves a man, she is strong and independent, but when a man leaves a woman, he is a pig and a jerk.” – Criss Jami 

53. “I think there will always be a double standard between males and females, so I think that an actress is more likely to protect her public persona, so to speak, than an actor would be.” – Mila Kunis

54. “When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out.” – Otto von Bismarck 

55. “If a man is unfaithful to his wife, it’s like spitting from a house into the street, but if a woman is unfaithful to her husband, it’s like spitting from the street into the house.” – American Proverbs 

56. “There is a double standard between men and women. My father was a major league baseball player, and I grew up thinking I could have the same attitude on the field that he did. When I did that in real life, people thought I was a total bitch.” – Katie Uhlaender

57. “Women really are not supposed to be imaginative. That creativity of this kind is supposed to belong to men. You know, because women make babies. I find the double standards shocking.” – Siri Hustvedt

58. “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me if I treat them like rational creatures instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

59. “When I kiss a girl for a part, people think it’s sexy. But if two guys kiss, suddenly there’s a backlash. It’s a double standard.” – Olivia Wilde

60. “There’s definitely a whole double standard. I don’t understand it. A guy can be sexy and good looking, and it totally just enhances his credibility as an athlete.” – Lolo Jones

Double Standards Quotes That Will Help You See the Truth

61. “Live truth instead of professing it.” – Elbert Hubbard

62. “Being nice to the people you don’t like isn’t called two-faced. It’s called growing up.” – Anonymous

63. “We weep for a bird’s cry, but not for a fish’s blood. Blessed are those with a voice.” – Mamoru Oshii

64. “Treat all as your own self. Do not have a double standard.” – Sathya Sai Baba

65. “I’d rather deal with thick-faced people rather than wasting time with two-faced ones.” – Anonymous

66. “When people are two-faced, the only thing you’ll know for sure is that you can’t trust either of them.” – Anonymous

67. “I think we cannot have a double standard. We cannot see our art as different from reality. We cannot use two different sets of judgment.” – Ai Weiwei

68. “Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart’s content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view, and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defense.” – Christine de Pizan

69. “There’s been a decline in the double standard. That’s why you’re seeing more of these cases.” – David Finkelhor

70. “A man can define many things beautifully in his life, but his character is one beautiful thing that can define him instantly and completely.” – Anuj Somany

Quotes on the Double Standards You’ll See in Society

71. “If liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.” – Burt Prelutsky

72. “We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.” – Thomas Fuller

73. “In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the double standard. They may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.” – Wystan Hugh Auden

74. “We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people’s policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

75. “Ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” – Saint Matthew

76. “It’s a double standard. They say these management guys are so valuable. They are not. This is typical corporate greed.” – Bobby De Pace

77. “Apparently, when it’s two people, it’s quirky and funny, but when it’s a person doing the same stuff on her own, it’s rebellious and antisocial.” – Katie Alender

78. “It’s very clear that there’s a lot of double standards going on. Should there be a 30 mph speed limit? Of course, there bloody should, and certainly, with kids and school food, kids need to be nannied for sure, so give them a bloody good meal at school.” – Jamie Oliver

79. “It’s true that in Cuba, there are double standards, there’s opportunism, and there is a lack of freedom in some ways.” – Fernando Perez

80. “If I dare to tear up or shed a tear, then I’m criticized for that as well! It’s a horrible double standard, but quite frankly, I don’t have time enough to fight that battle and fight crime. I chose to fight crime and ignore the rest. I just keep going to the best I can.” – Nancy Grace

More Quotes That Zoom in on Double Standards and Hypocrisy

81. “Hypocrisy is the outward acknowledgment of inward shame.” – Norman MacDonald

82. “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln

83. “A hypocrite is a person who―but who isn’t?” – Don Marquis

84. “Politeness―the most acceptable hypocrisy.” – Ambrose Bierce

85. “Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

86. “Facebook is where hypocrisy, falseness, double standards, rumors, and depression meet up for coffee.” – Anonymous

87. “I really hate two-faced people. It’s hard to decide which face to slap first.” – Yong Junhyung

88. “Every veil secretly desires to be lifted, except the veil of hypocrisy.” – Richard Garnett

89. “If you’re gonna be two-faced, at least make one of them pretty.” – Marilyn Monroe

90. “You’re just like a penny, two-faced and worthless.” – Anonymous

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The process will be long and hard to unlearn double standards. This thinking has existed way before and has been taught to us since birth. Even we can have unfair thoughts where we invalidate ourselves.

However, it is not too late to start educating ourselves about this matter. We should act now to create a better society that is equal and non-discriminatory. 

It is not hard to be empathetic of people who are at the receiving end of this treatment. We hope that the collection was able to help you realize many things about society.

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