Bias means having preconceived notions, prejudices, or preferences, and can influence your judgment or decision-making process. Bias can be conscious or unconscious. Bias is influenced by culture, experience, and influence. Read what some thinkers have said about bias in these bias quotations.

Not talking about race and racism has been a strategy our society has used in the past, but it has not worked. People continue to have biases that they act on, with the biggest impact falling upon communities of color.

— Carolyn B. Helsel

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experience. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them.

— Edward R. Murrow

It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favour of skepticism.

— G. K. Chesterton

[Bias is] the thoughts and feelings we have about social groups that can affect our decision-making and our actions even when we’re not aware of it…. We’re all susceptible to bias…. And it is triggered by our situation, and we can manage bias by managing those situations.

— Jennifer Eberhardt

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge's chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.

— Lillian Hellman

We naturally think from our own perspective, from a point of view which tends to privilege our position. Fairness implies the treating of all relevant viewpoints alike without reference to one’s own feelings or interests. Because we tend to be biased in favor of our own viewpoint, it is important to keep the standard of fairness at the forefront of our thinking. This is especially important when the situation may call on us to see things we don’t want to see, or give something up that we want to hold onto.

— Linda Elder

The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.

— Marcel Proust

The majority of people carry in their minds and in their hearts, grudges, jealousy, envy, antipathies, prejudices, which, although not very pronounced in their expression, are festering within and poisoning the inner life.

— Orison Swett Marden

Storytelling can be the most potent way to celebrate progress, inspire change, and bring about a more diverse world. If stories shape our perceptions, then perhaps the stories we never hear shape our biases through the lack of awareness they enable.

— Rohit Bhargava, Beyond Diversity

Sit down before facts like a child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.

— Thomas Henry Huxley

The tendency of the casual mind is to pick out or stumble upon a sample which supports or defies its prejudices, and then to make it the representative of a whole class.

— Walter Lippmann

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

— William James
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