[PW] ? "Rearranging Their Prejudices" Quote (Quotation Query #751)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Sep 20 09:24:01 PDT 2016

The Wiktionary Talk page for William James lists it as unsourced for him.
Searching Project Gutenberg with Google for "rearrange" "William James"
turned up an accidental hit on Walter Lippmann's 1921 book _Public
Opinion_, which cites James in a different connection but includes this

If the experience contradicts the stereotype, one of two things happens. If
the man is no longer plastic, or if some powerful interest makes it highly
inconvenient to rearrange his stereotypes, he pooh-poohs the contradiction
as an exception that proves the rule, discredits the witness, finds a flaw
somewhere, and manages to forget it. But if he is still curious and
open-minded, the novelty is taken into the picture, and allowed to modify

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.  --Oscar Wilde

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