Double Standard Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old double standard quotes, double standard sayings, and double standard proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Single vision produces worse illusions than double vision or many-headed monsters. Donna J. Haraway
We always blame the woman when a man falls in love, as though no man had the courage of his inclinations. Samuel Taylor
Morality is what the queen expects from the hive, not from herself. Marty Rubin
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
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
People cant handle the truth unless you speak to them with a mirror. Lakia Echols
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
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. W. H. Auden
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
I think we cannot have a double standard. We cannot see our art as different from the reality. We cannot use two different sets of judgment. Ai Weiwei
There's a double standard between writers and readers. Readers can be unfaithful to writers anytime they like, but writers must never ever be unfaithful to the readers. Peter Schjeldahl
A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it. Oscar Levant
The double standard of morality will survive in this world so long as the woman whose husband has been lured away is favoured with the sympathetic tears of other women, and a man whose wife has made off is laughed at by other men. H. L. Mencken
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
It's a double standard. They say these management guys are so valuable. They are not. This is typical corporate greed. Bobby De Pace
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
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
I will not calm down! Women are allowed to get angrier than men about double standards. Liz
Once you've lived the inside-out world of espionage, you never shed it. It's a mentality, a double standard of existence. John Le Carre
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
There's been a decline in the double standard. That's why you're seeing more of these cases. David Finkelhor
It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men. Mary Wollstonecraft
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
It's very clear that there's a lot of double standards going on. Should there be a 30mph 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
There is this double standard. The losses are larger in other areas of the tax code, but somehow a different standard gets applied to this. Robert Greenstein
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
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
Let's not have a double standard. One standard will do just fine. George Carlin
There is a double-standard. And quite often if you're from Africa, if you're from a developing country, you'll be executed. There aren't that many people protesting or making a big fuss. But our State Department and the media if you're a Westerner will make a big fuss Dick Atkins
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
All a woman has to do is to slip once and she's a tramp. A man can kill, lie, cheat... Joan Crawford
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
Gentlemen prefer blondes, but marry brunettes. American Proverbs
When a lady says no, she means perhaps; when she says perhaps, she means yes; when she says yes, she is no lady. American Proverbs
As a man loves gold, in that proportion he hates to be imposed upon by counterfeits; and in proportion,The New Dictionary of Thoughts as a man has regard for that which is above price and better than gold, he abhors that hypocrisy which is but its counterfeit. Cecil
He was a man who would say untruths, and be ever double, both in his words and deeds.— He was never, but where he meant to ruin, pitiful. Shakespeare
The hypocrite was a man, who stole the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in. Pollock
'Tis not my talent to conceal my thoughts, or carry smiles and sunshine in my face, / When discontent sits heavy at my heart. Joseph Addison
Ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. St. Matthew
All I can say is, if you cannot ride two horses, you have no right in the circus. James Maxton
Most people sell their souls and live with a good conscience on the proceeds. Logan Pearsall Smith
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy. Oscar Wilde
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
We live behind our faces, while they front for us. Michael Korda
When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch. Bette Davis
As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking. Virginia Woolf
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
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
If liberals didn't have double standards, they wouldn't have any standards at all. Burt Prelutsky
Treat all as your own self. Do not have a double standard. Sathya Sai Baba
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. W.H. Auden
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
Women all live a double standard, but this is actually sort of a beautifully grotesque parody of it. There's a weird kind of joy that I have in seeing [Hillary Clinton] trounce this essence of male bullshit. Joss Whedon
My mother told me, you don't have to put anything in your mouth you don't want to. Then she made me eat broccoli, which felt like double standards. Sarah Millican
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
Michelle Pfeiffer hasn't been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn't like what a woman her age is offered. That's a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn't work the other way around. Denzel Washington
If I knew me as somebody else, I would hate me just as much. Why have a double standard? David Wong