Walter Lippmann Page

“The subtlest and most pervasive of all influences are those which create and maintain the repertory of stereotypes. We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them.”

- Walter Lippmann

Source/Notes: Public Opinion (1922), Chapter 6
Margaret Mead Page

“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

Barack Obama Page

“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

- Barack Obama

Source/Notes: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Barack Obama, 2009, Book 1, Government Printing Office, 2011, p. 761, "Administration of Barack Obama, June 4 2009"
Bruce Springsteen Page

“Yeah, I had gay friends. The first thing I realized was that everybody's different, and it becomes obvious that all of the gay stereotypes are ridiculous.”

- Bruce Springsteen

David Baldacci Page

“I'd read a lot of thrillers about politicians and presidents, but never one where you flip the stereotypes and make good people bad and bad people good.”

- David Baldacci


Joan Chen Page

“There are a lot of stereotypes to be broken which I think a lot of us are doing. What I do is, as soon as people try to pin me down to one kind of part, I'll play a very different kind of role, so it explodes that stereotype.”

- Joan Chen

David Cronenberg Page

“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

John Cusack Page

“Any time you stop looking at evil as a black and white thing, it's helpful. So the fact that there won't be any obligatory Islamic terrorist stereotypes in movies any more, that'd be helpful.”

- John Cusack

Al D'Amato Page

“As an Italian-American, I have a special responsibility to be sensitive to ethnic stereotypes.”

- Al D'Amato

Gregg Easterbrook Page

“I think the thing that I most appreciate now is that stereotypes involving Jewish identity activate fears of persecution that exist in the present day.”

- Gregg Easterbrook


Harold Evans Page

“Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches.”

- Harold Evans

James Iha Page

“Yeah, I'm sure there are stereotypes of Asian people.”

- James Iha

Annie Leibovitz Page

“I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful.”

- Annie Leibovitz

Jeremy Lin Page

“And people are always saying he deceptively quick, deceptively athletic, and I don't know if that's just because I'm Asian or what it is, but obviously there's going to be stereotypes that you have to fight.”

- Jeremy Lin

Eric Liu Page

“Great numbers of Asian Americans do not fit the model minority or 'tiger family' stereotypes, living instead in multigenerational poverty far from the mainstream.”

- Eric Liu


Mako Page

“Of course we've been fighting against stereotypes from Day One at East West. That's the reason we formed: to combat that, and to show we are capable of more than just fulfilling the stereotypes - waiter, laundryman, gardener, martial artist, villain.”

- Mako

Ricky Martin Page

“I have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered 'losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing.”

- Ricky Martin